November 8, 2012

Sweet Treats

As part of our anniversary weekend I decided (since it was my year to plan our activities) to try out the Farris and Foster's Date Night chocolate making class.  I had heard rave reviews and couldn't wait to see what it was all about.


Farris and Foster's (a local Orlando Chocolate Factory) has multiple locations and offers many different types of classes throughout the week.  We opted for the "Date Night" class which is every Friday night at 7pm or 9pm.  Since I was making dinner at home, I thought the 9 o'clock class at the Baldwin Park location sounded the best.


We arrived a few minutes before class started, signed in and then started looking around.  The store was still open (which I thought was so cool) but we had the "behind the scenes" access.


There were 10 workstations set up for 5 couples.  Each place setting even included an apron and chef's hat.


The mold wall was many shapes to choose from!


Once all of the couples arrived, our instructor "set the mood" with low lighting and a Michael Buble CD.

Then, it was time to get to work.  He (sorry, I can't remember his name) showed us some of the basic techniques of a chocolatier, where to find all of the fillings and toppings and then he set us free.

The only limit was our imagination!



The price ($29 per couple) included 1 pound of chocolate to take home with us at the end of the night which I didn't think sounded like a lot initially (boy was I wrong - it made a lot!).  They had a scale and encouraged us to weigh our box throughout the evening to make sure we didn't go over.

We started off by making some chocolate cups - this is one of mine that included walnuts in the middle and on top along with white and milk chocolate swirled together.  YUM!



Since you couldn't eat your own chocolate (since it had to be weighed) as you made it, they also had a "tasting tray" that you could munch on for inspiration.

The best part?  You're also allowed to bring your own drinks to wash it all down.  I will admit that I was a little jealous of the wine drinkers in the crowd...the mood was perfect for some red!!!


Some of our other favorite concoctions included dark chocolate dipped strawberries with a milk chocolate drizzle and a peanut butter truffle.


The "Lucy" machine (named after the famous I Love Lucy episode) wasn't the fastest, but it was one of my favorites.  We had the option of picking out of an array of items to be put on the conveyor belt and covered (top and bottom) with dark chocolate. 

They had everything from potato chips to Twinkies to Oreos and gummy worms.  The possibilities were endless!  My favorite was my dark chocolate covered Nutter Butter topped with peanuts.  Deeelish!


After making what seemed to be A LOT of chocolate we came in jusssst over our goal weight at 1.01 lbs.  I'd say that was a success!


Mike and I both had a blast and I would recommend this to anybody for a fun night out.  The work area was clean, the instructors were so nice and the price was right.  All in all an excellent date night!



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