Dip (and soon sip) at Oh! Chocolate

Seattle is full of fancy chocolate shops where you can take tours and do tastings, but sometimes you just want to get your hands into the stuff. Don’t you?

I do. And I did.

Oh! Chocolate hosts frequent chocolate classes at its Madison Park shop. For $59, you get an introductory lesson about chocolate (I especially enjoyed the tour of my personal plate of chocolate: cocoa nibs and dark, milk, and white chocolates in various forms), a quick tempering tutorial, and then a chance to dip berries, pretzels, graham crackers and marshmallows into pools of chocolate. As much as you might sample your sweets along the way, you’ll still walk home with a big box of your creations.

I first met Chris and Nick Masaoka when I was part of the judging panel at the Seattle Chocolate Salon (returning to Seattle on July 12!), and their enthusiasm about chocolate is infectious. Oh! Chocolate’s been a family business since it started in the seventies, and you can buy a variety of their wonderful handmade products (the habanero mango is my personal favorite) in Madison Park, as well as at Bellevue Place, Mercer Island – and even in Atlanta.

And not only does the Madison Park shop now sell wine to match with chocolate, but it’s the site of some newly announced “Parlour Nights” which will feature small plates of food, wine and chocolate for what promises to be fun-filled evenings – which may help explain the exclamation point in Oh! Chocolate.

To learn more, see Oh! Chocolate’s blog for information about its classes.

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