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Recipe Development for Chocolatiers - Ganache

The Chocolatier Recipe Development Masterclass is an online, two week program of intense interactive training. It includes live demonstrations of best practices/techniques, live group discussions, and supervised recipe development in your own kitchen. By the end of the program, you'll learn to develop and perfect your recipes for ganache fillings in bonbons, including nondairy, vegan ganache.

Next Session: August 4 - 18, 2023

Those of you who know us know that since 2003, Ecole Chocolat has been committed to providing online professional chocolate learning experiences that are not just a chef doing a demonstration, but focused on engaging, interactive and ongoing dialogue between the instructor and student.

To that end, this Chocolate Masterclass program includes:

4 live interactive instructional sessions, scheduled on Tuesday and Friday over two weeks. Each live session will be 2 hours long.

Live session dates: Tuesday, August 8; Friday, August 11; Tuesday, August 15; Friday, August 18.

All sessions will take place 12-2pm PDT. Please adjust for your local time zone in your calendar

Approximately 6 hours of guided kitchen homework activities and assignments.

Students should be ready to commit approximately 14 hours of work to complete the program.

A downloadable recipe book

Registration fee: $975.00 US

The minimum number of students for the program to run is 6, to a maximum of 12 - we are restricting the number of students in order to make sure each students leaves the program with the tools and advice they need to succeed in making great chocolate ganache recipes in the future.

When you're ready to pay your registration fee of $975.00 please click here: REGISTER NOW

Making ganache bonbons

What Will I Learn?

Two week online program

This intensive program is not just about making ganache. It’s about understanding ganache at a scientific level, and collaborating LIVE with your instructor, Rich Tango-Lowy and your fellow students to find the best solutions to your ganache challenges.

Please see Your Learning Experience below for a full description of what you will learn.

And WHAT OUR GRADUATES HAVE TO SAY below to see what our students think!

By the end of the program you will have developed a ganache recipe that meets all of your specific flavor, production and shelf life requirements.

Pre-requisites: Good understanding of chocolate flavor, chocolate work, and basic ganache making.

Richard Tango-Lowy
Airbrush bonbons

Your Learning Experience

Owner Richard Tango-Lowy has been working with chocolate since 1996. He opened Dancing Lion Chocolate in 2007, where he is known for the quality of his bonbons and confections. He is also known for never having the same bonbon in his case twice, so when it comes to recipe development, he is an expert!

Rich will use a number of learning activities to help you identify your challenges including: live demonstrations of best practices and techniques, live group discussions and supervised recipe development time in your own kitchen. And each live online session will end with some "homework" for you to do over the next two days between live online sessions.

Students will participate in formal chocolate tastings to develop a better understanding of chocolate flavor in order to choose the right chocolate for their ganache recipes.

Yes, all live sessions will be recorded so if you have to miss one, you can catch up afterwards.

Live Session 1 - Understanding Chocolate and Ganache
How your choice of chocolate impacts a ganache recipe; the scientific basis for ganache; ganache ingredients, including non-dairy and vegan alternatives; alcohol and liqueur-based flavor techniques.
2 hr Kitchen Homework Assignment: Ganache for truffles

Live Session 2 - Ganache Shelf Life; Introduction to Flavor Perception
Techniques for understanding and improving shelf stability; ingredient substitutions; hot and cold steeping aromatics; flavor-based approaches to recipe development.
2 hr Kitchen Homework Assignment: Ganache for cutting & dipping

Live Session 3 - Ganache Flavor and Complexity
Techniques for fresh and pureed fruit; flavor release and development; learning to experiment. Collaborative exercise to design your own ganache.
2 hr Kitchen Homework Assignment: Ganache for molding

Live Session 4 Ganache in Context
Balancing flavor and texture complexity in bonbons.
Supervised bonbon development exercise


This program is delivered in English.

Again, please note that this program is focused on recipe development for fillings - not chocolate work. So there will be no instruction on tempering, enrobing, molding or decorating bonbons. We expect you to already be experienced in those skills.

An understanding of basic chocolate work including tempering, molding, enrobing as well as having made ganache.

Master Chocolatier Program certificate:

Students completing the Masterclass with a 70% or more on assignments will receive a digital Ecole Chocolat Master Chocolatier Certificate of Achievement.

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache

What our graduates have to say

"Making super smoothe ganache & learning to eyeball the process so we know what stage the ganache is in. The online program was amazing because I learned so much from my peers too and got such wonderful ideas and inspirations from everyone. The class also makes you think... Rich always has great questions to help us think about flavours & the process of putting something together. I enjoyed discussing our trials, errors and successes of each assignment during class cause we all had an opportunity to learn from one another's experiences. Rachel was wonderful & so thoughtful with all the feedback on our assignments plus the demos were so fun"
Sherrill, 2022 Program

“Rich and Rachel were great hosts and leaders. Very responsive to posts on the discussion boards, and free with their ideas and information. The assignments were fair and not overwhelming and fun to talk the results through. Honestly, it was transformative! I think about flavour and bonbon creation in entirely new ways.”
Stephanie, 2022 Program

"This course was much more than I expected! I didn't realize the wealth of learning that would come in the form of our group conversations, questions, answers, assignments and the excellent study materials in each Module. That list of questions I had at the beginning, now pale in comparison to what I learned in this course!"
Sue, 2021 Program

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Cancellation policy

You can cancel from the Recipe Development Program up to five days before the registration deadline. A refund of your registration fee, minus a 10% administration fee, may take approximately 10 working days to process. Because our programs are usually full, and in order to make sure all students are committed, on the start date of your program your registration fee becomes non-refundable and non-transferable to another session (except in extraordinary circumstances).

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Photography by Jessica Washburn, Bliss Chocolatier and Ecole Chocolat

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