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Chocolate Quality and Shelf Life for Chocolatiers
Our self-paced 100% online Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life for Chocolatiers Program is all about science – the science of producing a quality product, handling and storing it properly and knowing its keeping limits. Shelf life has become even more important as more businesses are shipping products to their customers. We also discuss food safety regulations and labeling standards in depth, especially as they relate to standards, nutrition, dietary restrictions and traceability.
Next Session: January 26 - March 8, 2024
$390.00 US funds for US and International Residents
$390.00 CAD funds for Canadian Residents plus GST
There are no supplies needed for this program but you will be asked to make one of your own chocolate recipes to complete a standing study and report on the results for one of your assignments.
NEW STUDENTS, click here: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION
Ecole Chocolat STUDENTS OR GRADUATES click here: REGISTRATION
What Will I Learn?
Production quality assurance
- Understand HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
- Learn about global food safety standards and both product labeling and nutritional labeling requirements.
Food chemistry, recipe development and food safety
- Develop your own chocolate and ingredient specification checklist and inventory control systems for traceability.
- Review safety standards for recipe development and production techniques.
Determining shelf life of bonbons and confections
- Gain knowledge in the common shelf-life issues for chocolatiers.
- Discuss the role, or not, of preservatives both natural and synthetic used to extend the keeping limits.
- Perform your own recipe evaluation (with standing study results, including keeping limit recommendations).
Your Learning Experience
When is the Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life Program offered during the year?
We offer sessions of the program starting in January 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?
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.
What our graduates have to say
“This is the second class I have taken with ecolechocolat. One of the things I really appreciate about your classes, is you don't just feed the student answers, you provide and guide with information for the student to think things through. That being said, I am not a very 'science smart' person and for me I feel like this only started me thinking... mainly just realizing how ignorant I am on the subject. I did learn things I need to extend the shelf life of my bonbons.”
Jane, '23 Graduate
“Yes. I gained a lot of knowledge. This was an amazing course. I think clarifications on HACCP, AW were the strengths.”
Seema, '23 Graduate
“I really appreciated the group sharing aspect of this class. It was useful to read other student's homework, especially on discussions of problems they have experienced and potential solutions. It was really interesting to read the various outcomes of the standing shelf-life assignments and what each student encountered through the standing study. Kerry is an excellent tutor. She provided answers in a timely manner and was very thorough in her responses to students questions.”
Stephanie, '22 Graduate
You can cancel from the Chocolate Quality & Shelf Life 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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