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Make Delicious Belgian Chocolate with a Chocolate Expert!
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Make Delicious Belgian Chocolate with a Chocolate Expert!

By Cocoa Journey
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About

Ages 8-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Chinese, English, French
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  • delicious chocolate truffle-making (all ingredients included)
  • step-by-step guidance throughout the workshop
  • uncovering the secrets of the bean-to-bar chocolate process from a trained chocolate expert
  • irresistible chocolate to bring back for yourselves or friends!
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks


Start:
  • Rue au Beurre 40, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    BS40/ Darcis Chocolatier
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 86658P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 86658P2

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    • You'll start at
      Rue au Beurre 40
      Rue au Beurre 40, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
      BS40/ Darcis Chocolatier
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    • 1
      Cocoa Journey
      Stop: 90 minutes
      Make Delicious Belgian Chocolate right at the beautiful Grand Place, in the shop of the award-winning chocolatier Darcis, whose refined chocolates are some of the best in Belgium. After introductions, you'll get right down to making chocolate! You'll start with tempering chocolate, which is crucial to achieving the beautiful appearance of finished chocolate. After achieving the perfect temper, you'll then start enrobing & rolling your own irresistible truffles! Yes, you can indulge in your freshly made truffles as you make them ;) But it doesn't stop there! After finishing your truffles, you'll then make Belgian's beloved classic, tasty mendiants. Step by step, you'll be guided throughout the class, complete with chocolate explanations -- you'll even uncover the secrets of the bean-to-bar chocolate process! By the end of your Workshop, you'll have plenty of scrumptious chocolate to bring back for yourselves and as gifts, & plenty of chocolate knowledge as well!
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Cocoa Journey
      149
      Brussels, Belgium
      Joined in April 2018
    • paulrE9036YM
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must tour for chocolate lovers!
      Cocoa Journey was the highlight of our trip to Brussels. Our guide, Cathy, was equal parts knowledgeable and kind. She was a pleasure to spend time with. We enjoyed her curated artisan chocolates and her expertise in chocolate manufacturing and ingredients. We would highly recommend her!
      Written April 7, 2024
    • Kp0530
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great kid-friendly class!
      Cathy gave us a great class for our family! She explained the basics of chocolate making and had examples of cocoa pods and other pictures that were engaging with the kids. We all had a great time and Cathy was so kind and patient, which I really appreciated! I highly recommend you book a class or even reach out to her directly if you’re looking for something specific. She will accommodate!
      Written April 6, 2024
    • GrammerIsEmportint
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Family Experience
      A fantastic experience for the kids to make some chocolate of their own in Brussels. I expected a little more theatre and maybe something a little different for the adults to do for €200 (family of four), but you can’t fault the experience or Cathy’s obvious passion & expertise for chocolate. The price is subjective so if it fits your budget, it’s a fantastic experience.
      Written March 30, 2024
    • H2099ITcatherinem
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A family must do while in Brussels!
      Our family LOVED this fun and educational workshop, and the truffles were delicious! Cathy did such a wonderful job catering to all of our children's ages (11, 9, and 7) while at the same time teaching me and my husband interesting facts about chocolate. This was such a fun family memory! The location was also fantastic. Highly recommend!
      Written March 17, 2024
    • Toney D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fun chocolate experience
      Cathy is very animated and passionate about chocolate! It was so much fun to learn how to make truffles. The walking tour after is enlightening because Cathy knows these chocolatiers personally and enjoys their art so much that she makes this tour a lot of fun. I learned that tempering is the secret to good truffles! Got to talk to Cathy to understand tempering! Highly recommended!
      Written September 30, 2023
    • F306EKharoldr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time tasting chocolate
      The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the tour and all the great tasting chocolate. Cathy was awesome! Her knowledge of chocolate was exceptional to say the least, but she did a wonderful job of explaining things in a way we could all understand and relate to. Don’t have to love chocolate to enjoy this tour.
      Written June 26, 2023
    • jessarn4
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Private Chocolate Tasting Tour
      If there is anything you do in life, you need to go on a chocolate tour with Cathy. My cousins and I were traveling to Brussels for one day, and I had reached out to Cathy to see if she had any availability. She was was extremely accommodating and was able to book us for a private tour on a non-tour day. Cathy is so knowledgable with chocolate, the process, and the flavors - it really blew us away. She is also very personable and a delight to walk around with and taste different chocolates. She made the whole experience so memorable and fun- HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend doing a chocolate tour with Cathy!
      Written April 20, 2023
    • jackalho
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Chocolate delight
      Our 4-year-old daughter was really engaged and enthusiastic about the workshop. Couldn't be more proud of her as she's so focused and creative to make her first chocolate with us. Cathy is very kind and friendly and she is willing to share every bit of knowledge about chocolate. We have some key takeaways that refresh our understanding about chocolate. If you want to experience the chocolate delight with kids, family or friends in Brussels, this workshop is defo your choice.
      Written February 15, 2023
    • Q4466DXmelissac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative class!
      It was great class and i learned a lot about how chocolate is made and to pay attention to the details!
      Written December 15, 2022
    • vitalbina
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Energising chocolate tasting
      I enjoyed a lot the whole experience (atelier + tour of some Belgian artisanal chocolatiers) under the guidance of Cathy, who trasmits her passion for and expertise on cocoa very naturally!
      Written December 7, 2022
    • suzannerG6747YW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A delightfully delicious day!
      We enjoyed our day tasting the artisan chocolates in Brussels. The chocolates were delicious and Cathy's depth of knowledge and enthusiasm made it not only a delightful day but an education for our taste buds. We definitely have a new appreciation for chocolate!
      Written October 11, 2022
    • F8495JJjuliend
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A true delight
      Great tour with a lot of fun for us and children where we have learned a lot about chocolate. Thanks to Cathy, you brought a lot of energy during this visit. We have learned also a bit of history of Belgium. I highly recommend !!!
      Written October 2, 2022
    • ejoff
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wish I could do it again!
      This tour was such a wonderful way to explore chocolate from Brussels. I have a new appreciation for the expertise and ingredients that go into gourmet pralines. Cathy was super knowledgeable. You can tell how much she cares about the craft and the tour experience. Wish we could go back!
      Written August 11, 2022
    • Peter Y
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect adventure and delicious too!
      The chocolate tasting tour was exceptional. It was educational, fun and gave us a whole new perspective on the world of high quality chocolate. I would highly recommend this experience.
      Written July 30, 2022
    • luisestephanie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Can you imagine sesame chocolate tastes?
      We had an excellent chocolate tour with Cathy. She introduced us to exceptional chocolate stores and we got to taste exciting new flavors of chocolate. Throughout the tour Cathy gave us some cool insides about the history of pralinés, the chocolate manufacturing and some fun tips for Brussels in general. I would absolutely recommend this tour!
      Written July 28, 2022
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    sarahbpt
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021 • Solo
    For my birthday, my friends offered me a personal class to make my own chocolates, what a good idea! I spent 2 hours with Cathy, she taught me how to make amazing chocolates. She is super nice and passionate about what she is doing, she gave me a lot of information about chocolate (how it is made, where it's coming from, etc.). That was really interesting! In the end, I got home with my own chocolates, ready to be shared with some friends 😋 I highly recommend attending one of Cathy's workshops, you will love it for sure!!
    Written October 15, 2021
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    Thank you so much, sarahbpt, for your wonderful review & strong recommendation! I'm so glad you learned so much & enjoyed making amazing chocolates ;) I had a great time too, & thanks again for coming!
    Written April 8, 2022
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    Polly S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    Cathy was extremely kind and welcoming from the very moment I got in touch with her and made everything she could to ensure we have a great experience on the day!

    I booked the class as a surprise and it met all expectations - it was well organised, my boyfriend and I had a lot of fun and the class was full of learning. Cathy is very enthusiastic and passionate about chocolate, she really takes you on a journey and shares all her knowledge about the craft. On top of that the workshop is very accessible and you can take all the learning, recipes and freshly made chocolate with you to enjoy and share. You'll return confident and equipped with skills to make your own chocolates at home.

    Thank you, Cathy!
    Written October 25, 2020
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    Hi Polly, Thanks so much for your glowing, thoughtful review! I'm so happy that you both enjoyed the class so much, & very happy you're confident in making your own delicious chocolate at home! :)
    Written October 27, 2020
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    499melanie
    North Chicago, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Solo
    Cindy is very knowledgeable and engaging in sharing the history and making of Belgium Chocolate. I got a one on one class with her. I enjoyed my time with Cindy. I highly recommend this AirBnB experience when you are visiting Brussels.
    Written February 27, 2020
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    Thanks so much for your kind review and for highly recommending me, 499melanie! I definitely enjoyed it as well :)
    Written March 13, 2020
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    jocmiller
    Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Cathy's truffle workshop and tour was a highlight of our trip to Brussels. We were looking for a way to enjoy all the best chocolate in the city without falling for the tourist traps, and we got that and much more. We learned so much in the workshop and have a new appreciation for all things chocolate. She also helped us take photos while we made the chocolate, and I've been happily sending photos around to family since we got back. The tour was excellent and introduced us to the most incredible places we'd never have found on our own. We went back to Jitsk on our last day and bought two boxes as gifts, along with some for ourselves to eat there. It was an amazing addition to our anniversary trip!
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Thanks so much, Joanna, for your glowing, thoughtful review!! I'm so happy it was the highlight of your anniversary trip, so glad you learned so much, and shared about it with your friends and family! Definitely wish you delicious chocolate-tasting and making in the future, and many more happy years together :)
    Written August 18, 2023
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    Chris
    Chris
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    I took my sister and 9-year old nephew who were visiting Brussels to a truffle making class with Cathy. Her passion and knowledge about chocolate from cocoa bean to finished product was impressive. She kept it interesting for the adults as well as my young nephew. And learning how to make truffles was lots of fun. You get to eat your chocolates fresh and take the rest home. I totally recommend it. Great experience!
    Written January 18, 2020
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    Thank you, Chris, for your glowing review! It was a pleasure to share my passion & knowledge with you all :)
    Written January 22, 2020
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    Wendell J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    What do you get a chocoholic for their birthday? Chocolate. What do you get your chocoholic wife for her birthday to make it really special? A chocolate making class in the chocolate capital of the world! The Cocoa Journey with Cathy was great. Making our own truffles was informative and fun. And very, very tasty. If you find yourself in Brussels, take this chocolate making class. If you don't like it as much as I did, you'll probably LOVE it like my wife!
    Written October 20, 2020
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    Hi Wendell, I'm so happy that you & your wife really enjoyed making delicious Belgian chocolate with me! Thanks so much for your enthusiastic (& articulate!) review, & happy future chocolate-making! :)
    Written October 27, 2020
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    Jason O
    Arlington, VA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathy is not only a chocolate expert she is also a great social leader for a fun group activity. We were looking for something fun and different for our Brussels office team and Cathy put on a great event that combined hands-on learning with a tour and tasting of some of the best chocolate fabricants in Brussels. It was a great event and I highly recommend her.
    Written May 24, 2022
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    Thank you so much, Jason O, for your fantastic review! So glad that you had such a great experience learning & tasting with your team, and I'm glad to have met all of you. Happy future chocolate adventures! :)
    Written May 29, 2022
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    Joanne P
    Fernandina Beach, FL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was worth every penny. Cathy’s love of chocolate was infectious. She gave great instructions and really got everyone involved. The best was that it is a small group. Definitely recommend.
    Written April 19, 2019
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    Thanks so much, Joanne P! So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the class, & that my love of chocolate was infectious!! Thanks too for the recommendation!
    Written April 22, 2019
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    749Petar_T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019 • Couples
    We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Cathy was very friendly and knowledgeable, and gave us lots of details about how chocolate is made. Her passion about the trade definitely shows!

    We got to make some tasty treats and had lots of fun in the workshop. Though you will need lots of self control to not eat the ingredients ;)
    Written May 17, 2019
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    Thank you, 749Petar_T! Definitely take it as a compliment that you need lots of self-control to not eat the ingredients :)
    Written May 22, 2019
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    Peggy O
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019 • Friends
    Cathy's workshop was a wonderful combination of science and art, with a tastsy takeaway message. The small workshop size and Cathy's ability to adapt to the experience of the participants meant that we are confident of making chocolate truffles and mendiants at home. Cathy's in depth experience in the industry made it a fun, informative afternoon. No problem catering for gluten free member of the group. Highly recommended!
    Written May 16, 2019
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    Thank you, Peggy O, for your review! So glad you found it fun and informative, & are confident in making chocolate at home yourself!
    Written May 22, 2019
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