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Chocolate Making from the Bean

Source cocoa beans. Roast. Winnow. Grind. Temper chocolate and mold into bars. The steps sound simple, but there is so much knowledge that goes into each one. If you want to learn to make delicious chocolate from scratch using dried cocoa beans, this program is for you. The two-month, 100% online Chocolate Making from the Bean Program covers the entire chocolate making and manufacturing process, including setting up your chocolate factory. How do we teach chocolate making online?


Next program: September 13 - November 15, 2024.

Chocolate Making from the Bean Program Registration Fee:

$525.00 US or CAD funds (plus GST for Canadian Residents)

Or, want to get started on your chocolate making business plan?

Chocolate Making from the Bean Program PLUS Registration Fee:

$720.00 US or CAD (plus GST for Canadian Residents)

With the Chocolate Making from the Bean Program PLUS, you add the Business Plan for Chocolate Makers Program at $195.00 - a $50.00 savings. This also allows you another four weeks in the Chocolate Making From the Bean curriculum for extra study and research while you take the Business Plan for Chocolate Makers curriculum.

Note: These registration fees do not include chocolate which will be needed to complete the Understanding Chocolate Flavor and Sourcing Cocoa Beans Modules. This chocolate could cost approximately $200.00 US.

NEW STUDENTS, to register for either program, click here: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES, to register for either program, click here: REGISTRATION

Making chocolate bars

What Will I Learn?

Understanding chocolate

  • Develop a resource list for chocolate making equipment and suppliers.
  • Research current chocolate manufacturers to gain an understanding of the scope of the industry.
  • Understand the issues around cocoa sustainability and social justice in order to make cocoa sourcing choices that align with your values.

Understanding chocolate flavor

  • Understand chocolate chemistry and flavor as well as the ingredients and processes that contribute to taste.
  • Conduct a formal series of tastings in order to develop your chocolate tasting palate.

Sourcing cocoa beans – your most important ingredient

  • Increase your knowledge of cocoa beans and their sourcing from specialized distributors and agents.
  • Understand cacao bean post-harvest processing best practices and steps to ensuring quality and traceability.
  • Want to get your hands dirty? We include an Optional Exercise in sensory evaluation of cocoa beans.

Chocolate manufacturing process

  • Understand the processes and machinery needed to turn dried cocoa beans into beautiful chocolate.
  • Gain the knowledge you need on chocolate crystallization, tempering and best manufacturing practices.
  • Want to get your hands dirty? We include two Optional Exercises for those students who already have chocolate making machinery or those who prefer to buy machinery to use during the program: a) roasting, cracking and winnowing cocoa beans and b) grinding, refining and conching your chocolate mass.

Formulating your operations plan

  • Understand the financial and human resources needed to run a chocolate-manufacturing business.
  • Make informed decisions on finding your location, equipping your facility and planning for production.

Click here to see the curriculum of the optional Business Plan for Chocolate Makers Module

Judging cocoa bean quality
Chocolate tasting
Checking cacao fermentation

Your Learning Experience

Committed to making organic chocolate bars, vegan chocolate bars and incorporating functional choices such as keto chocolate or no sugar chocolate?

If you have made ethical or dietary choices in your life, we welcome you into our programs. The knowledge and skills you learn can be applied to any type of specialty chocolate bar. Information on making vegan chocolate bars and more....

When is the chocolate making program offered during the year?

We offer sessions of the program starting in February and September each year.

Is there a restriction on the number of students you take each session?

Even though the curriculum is online, we do cut off registrations when we reach the maximum number of students our instructor and online tutor feel they have adequate time to be able to work with properly.

TO ENSURE A SEAT IN THE PROGRAM, check the program date above to see if the current session is still open. When the program is full, we change the program date to the future session.

How do we teach chocolate making online?

Click here for a more information about our learning experience.

Our faculty

Click here to read more about our instructors and tutors.

Class assessment

Students will be assessed by completion of assignments throughout the program.


Students completing the program with a score of 70% or more will receive an Ecole Chocolat Certificate of Achievement.

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What our graduates have to say

“This program went above and beyond my expectations. Yes, I gained a vast amount of knowledge and insight into the world of the chocolate industry. ”
LadyRose, Sept. ‘23 Graduate

“Yes, it was very informative and in depth. Information was in-depth already. Modules are great. All reading materials needed are there, and discussion is easy. Research is up to date as well. The program is flexible enough even with people who have full time work."
Caith, Feb. ‘23 Graduate

“I wasnt really sure of what to expect of the curriculum ahead of starting it. The course more than exceeded my expectations of what not just an online course on making chocolate from bean to bar but really any course on making chocolate from bean to bar could be like. I am a researcher by training so I always have so many questions when starting to explore a new area. I am so grateful for the amount of breadth and depth this course went into on each featured topic as it provided me the opportunity to really delve deep in to understanding this new space and getting a firmer grasp around what to expect at each stage of the chocolate making process - which I feel like is so critical for someone who is coming in new.”
Camela, Feb ‘23 Graduate

More comments from our graduates

Home chocolate artisans!

If you want to become an expert in chocolate making, but are not interested in starting a business, we offer the Cacao to Chocolate Stream during the program. Click here for more information

Cancellation policy

You can cancel from the Chocolate Making from the Bean Program up to three days before the start of the program. 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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