Welcome to Ecole Chocolat
Have you always wanted to become a chocolatier or chocolate maker? Get started with Ecole Chocolat school for chocolate arts and our chocolate making courses. Learn how to make chocolate, use chocolate molds and create professional chocolate recipes. Although our core chocolate making programs are online, you won't be out there all by yourself. You'll be working with the instructor and online tutors, while interacting with your classmates – sharing information, accomplishments and expertise.
The Professional Chocolatier Program
is an intensive part-time program in chocolate making, delivered 100% online over a three-month period, so you can learn without "re-engineering" your work and personal life. Become a professional chocolatier – learn how to make gourmet chocolate using modern techniques and recipes via your computer, phone or tablet. »
The Chocolate Making from the Bean Program
is about how to make your own chocolate from scratch from dried cocoa beans. The curriculum covers the entire chocolate-making and manufacturing process from sourcing beans, cleaning, winnowing, roasting, refining, conching and tempering to produce bulk chocolate from which you create your final products. »
We offer a range of chocolate-making programs suitable for both beginners and those with experience in chocolate work. Chocolate making involves very specific knowledge, skill sets and techniques so whether you are a chocolate fan seeking to become more expert or want to start a chocolate business, you'll find a program that fits your needs. »
Our Master Chocolate Programs
are the next step forward for our Ecole Chocolat graduates and other experienced chocolatiers or pastry chefs who want to advance their intermediate skills with an intensive experience in using professional equipment and advanced techniques for production of fine quality artisan bonbons, confections and bars in more volume. »
The Quality Assurance & Keeping Limits for Chocolatiers
Program is all about science – the science of producing a quality product, handling and storing it properly and knowing its keeping limits. We also discuss food safety regulations and labeling standards in depth, especially as they relate to standards, nutrition, dietary restrictions and traceability. »
Since 2003, we've worked with students passionate about chocolate from 74 different countries across the globe. Each student comes into our program with his or her own passion and vision for chocolate work. It's very satisfying for us to see them translate that passion and vision into fabulous bonbons, confections and bars. To see what some of them are up to click here: »
From 2014-2019, the NCA forecasts that U.S. chocolate sales will grow another $4 billion, or 19%. And much More news
from the chocolate industry as well as articles focused on chocolate health. We have a list of our up-coming chocolate programs so you can plan your time. Don't forget to take our Chocolate Polls
to see how your choices rate. »
Save Fine Chocolate
Learn more about how Ecole Chocolat supports the fine chocolate industry, including our role in the creation of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP) to promote bio-diversity and sustainability of fine-flavor cacao. For the first time, cacao flavor and genetics have been linked, ensuring that the species with the best flavor are preserved for future generations.»
Check out the videos of our live Chocolate Masters Hangouts on such subjects as making caramels or ganache, bean to bar, saving chocolate flavor and more! Follow us on our Ecole Chocolat Google+ Page.
To view all our current Chocolate Masters Hangout Videos click here: »
About Our Chocolate School
Ecole Chocolat's intensive chocolate-making programs and chocolate classes prepare you to find your place in the fine chocolate industry. Whether you aspire to work for yourself or in a professional organization, our chocolate school's specialized curriculum is just what you need.
Our many years of experience in award-winning, university-level online education ensures that your learning experience is intensive, comprehensive and enjoyable. We believe in "experiential education" which is defined as active student engagement in opportunities to learn through doing and reflection. This empowers our student to immediately apply theory to practice under the guidance of an online tutor.
Our unique chocolate-making school leads you through the in-depth curriculum on chocolate making. Important topics include:
- Chocolate history as a background to current production practices
- Chocolate-making process and techniques
- Taste and attributes of different chocolates
- Gourmet chocolate recipes that you can tailor to your own vision
- Learn techniques with chocolate molds
- Chocolate-making supply companies
- Chocolate-making equipment suppliers
- Recipe development and production planning