A Chocolate Course at Juniper and Rose – Giveaway #38

Giveaway | 22nd October 2013 | By

Photo courtesy of Juniper and Rose

Things aren’t what they used to be and when it comes to food, I reckon this is a good thing. Some of us are old enough to remember the dire state of British cuisine in the 1970s. During my childhood “real” chocolate wasn’t something that ever crossed my radar. Luckily Chantal Coady came to our rescue; she is the doyenne of chocolate in the UK, educating us all into the delights of the real deal. Us Brits now know there is more to chocolate than a slab of Dairy Milk, oh yes indeed. Her book, Real Chocolate, first published ten years ago in 2003, not only includes a host of mouth watering recipes, but gives the history of chocolate and promotes its many health benefits to boot. Chantal founded the Campaign for Real Chocolate, The Academy of Chocolate and co-founded The Chocolate Society and owns one of the best chocolatieries in London, Rococo – I think she could be described as a chocolate fan.

Astonishingly, I have never visited the shop, although I have tasted some of the chocolate. I thought I was highly adventurous when I first tried her rose chocolate many years ago and it remans one of my favourite chocolate bars – not that I get to eat it very often. Well, it seems I am fated to miss chocolate courses with Chantal. A couple of years ago I was booked on one of Chantal’s chocolate courses in Bath and I was really looking forward to it. Sadly it was cancelled and I never did get to attend. Last year, the ever enterprising Vanessa Kimbell invited a group of bloggers to visit the Rococo chocolate factory in South London, but I was unable to make it and was thwarted once again. I heard what a wonderful time everyone had; much chocolate was sampled and I tried very hard not to be envious.

Now, the very same Vanessa Kimbell has started her own cookery school at her home in Northamptonshire, Juniper and Rose. Do take a look at the website, you will be inspired. If I lived closer and had the money, I’d be tempted to attend all of Vanessa’s courses, they all sound so very interesting. From food photography, to sourdough to cheese making to how to set up your own home bakery, all class sizes are small to ensure participants get individual attention. Much of the food used is grown in Vanessa’s own organic garden, so this gets an extra thumbs up from me. To make a real occasion of it, you can stay overnight in Vanessa’s B&B.

On Friday 29th November, Chantal Coady is running a truffle workshop at Juniper and Rose – sounds brilliant. Attendees get to do some chocolate tasting, learn how to temper chocolate (my nemesis) and then make some fabulous sounding truffles to take home, including salted dark chocolate truffles, which immediately appealed to me. As if that wasn’t enough, a chocolate themed lunch is provided along with a glass of pink champagne. Things don’t get much better than this.

Vanessa has very generously offered up one place in the class worth £165 to one Chocolate Log Blog reader. You must be available to attend on the 29th November and get to the venue, on time. 
To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
Prizes are offered and provided by Juniper and Rose and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
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Closing date is Friday 15 November 2013

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    22nd October 2013

    A great giveway – thanks. I would love to know more about tempering as my chocolate truffles always end up being dull!

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    22nd October 2013

    Oh wow, I was unable to attend Vanessa’s trip to the Rococo factory last year and read enviously of the fabulous time everyone had. The opportunity to have a chocolate class with a true master would be fantastic!

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    22nd October 2013

    Forgot to say, I would love to learn more about truffles, getting that filling lovely and soft!

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    22nd October 2013

    mixing in different liqueurs in chocolate

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    23rd October 2013

    In answer to your question – me!! Haha …. actually I want to learn how to properly temper chocolate, and how to add different flavours.

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    24th October 2013

    how to put together different flavours new and exciting flavours along with how to get shiny chocolate etc

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    Jane Sarchet
    24th October 2013

    Oooh yummy prize! I’d love to learn more about making rich, dark dairy free truffles.
    Janie x

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    Nayna Kanabar
    24th October 2013

    I would love to learn to mould chocolate, make chocolate cigars,make chocolate twirls.

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    24th October 2013

    I’d like to learn to temper chocolate, I’ve never had the nerve to try in case I ruin it and waste good choc!

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    25th October 2013

    I would love to know more in general about chocolate making I have never been successful from books!

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    Gill Bland
    25th October 2013

    I would love to make a goats cheese ganache. I had it at Rococo once and it was incredible!

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    katrina walsh
    25th October 2013

    getting nuts to remain crunchy in the middle of chocolate sweets

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    With Mustard
    26th October 2013

    I’d love to know how to temper chocolate properly and infuse it with flavours. Rococo chocolates are superb -cardamom and saffron truffles are my favourite!

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    Karen S Booth
    28th October 2013

    WOULD love to learn the basics really, such as tempering chocolate etc! LOVELY prize!

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    28th October 2013

    how I would like to make chocolate truffles, loved the Juniper and Rose website and am a big fan of Rococo ! Fingers Crossed!

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    lucy james
    10th November 2013

    I am in Northamptonshire and myself and my son love truffles I would love to learn how to make them my favourite is buck fizz and I would love to learn everything about truffles

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    10th November 2013

    David – how to make the perfect chocolate fondant

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    dawn thompson
    13th November 2013

    Id like to learn how to make a good selection of truffles particuarly milk or white choc ones!

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    13th November 2013

    Marshmallows by Robby Price

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    Joe Lorena
    13th November 2013

    Learn the basics of making chocolate, particularly adding interesting (preferably healthy) ingredients and flavours.

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    connie richards
    14th November 2013

    great competition, have started making my own chocolate and adding truffles to the list would be great

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    14th November 2013

    Fruit to make me enjoy more of it and not feel so guilty eating too much chocolate haha!

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    14th November 2013

    I’d love to learn to make chocolate flowers and other design elements.

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    Laura Vitty
    14th November 2013

    I’d like to learn how to make rum truffles…. mmmmmmm rum truffles *drool*

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    15th November 2013

    How to add alcohol, liqueurs and other flavours to truffles and how to make non-nut themed decorations or coverings

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    Lian Hunt
    15th November 2013

    I’d love to learn how to make rum truffles, or vodka truffles, or ooooooooh amaretto truffles mmmmm

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    15th November 2013

    would love to temper chocolate. i can never get it right and would need a good guide on how to

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    Wendy Tolhurst
    15th November 2013

    Would love to be able to truffles that look uniform in style, rather than just end up with messy hands!

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    Hazel Markland
    15th November 2013

    I know nothing about chocolate make just love chocolate lol would love to give it a go xx

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