Professional School of Chocolate Arts

About Us

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. How do we teach chocolate making online?


Chocolatier Class The Professional Chocolatier Program is an intensive three-month part-time program in chocolate making, delivered 100% online 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. Learn More

Chocolate Maker

Chocolate Making from the Bean 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. Learn More

For Connoisseurs

Chocolate Programs Do you love chocolate? We're also here to help you take your chocolate enjoyment, knowledge and skills to the next level but not as a business. We welcome chocolate lovers to join our 100% online programs. For each program, we have created an alternative stream for those who want to take their passion further but are not thinking of doing that commercially. Learn More

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Graduate Programs

Master Chocolate Programs Our Graduate Chocolate Programs are the next step forward for our Ecole Chocolat graduates who want to advance their intermediate skills with an intensive experience in using professional equipment, techniques and advanced recipes for production of fine quality artisan bonbons, confections and bars in more volume. Learn More

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance for Chocolatiers 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. Learn More

Chocolate Programs

Chocolate Programs 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 Programs

Blog: bean2bonbon

Blog: bean2bonbon Check out our blog bean2bonbon – Tales from our Chocolate Laboratory! We are so excited to share our love of chocolate science and artistry. We talk about chocolate - from growing cacao and issues related to sustainability, to processing, production and flavor in chocolate making, to the recipe work that leads to delectable products created by chocolatiers. Read Posts

Our Graduates

Ecole Chocolat Graduates 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 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

Chocolate Hangouts

Chocolate Masters Hangouts on Google+ 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

Save Fine Chocolate

Ecole Chocolat Makes a Difference Learn 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. Learn More

Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate Recipes We've put together a collection of chocolate recipes we think you'll enjoy. Some are very simple, others may be challenging but the results are worth it. It's always a good time to play with chocolate! We also have a list of gourmet chocolate suppliers to help you find chocolate molds, chocolate making equipment and of course, chocolate. More Recipes

Chocolate Apprentice

Our Chocolate Apprentice Eileen created a journal during her experiences in and after taking the Professional Chocolatier Program. Her journal is full of wonderful stories, her struggles and successes with perfecting chocolate techniques, adventures on the road with chocolate, chocolate recipes, and more. We wanted to share that with you and hope you enjoy the journal. Read More

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

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