Be a chocolatier for a day or two
2019 Class Schedule:
Chocolate Class One: July 12 August 16
Chocolate Class Two: July 13 August 17
Chocolate Class Three: August 30 & 31
For anyone taking both classes a 10% discount will be applied on the total cost of enrollment. (See below for a list of local accommodations)
For a description of the Wiseman House Chocolate Experience, please read below.
Artisanal Chocolate Making Class
Chocolate Class One: Primary Skills
Come experience five hours of hands-on, intensive gourmet chocolate class and demonstration. Each class is led by a Wiseman House Chocolates chocolatier Kevin Wenzel and will include:
A brief history of chocolate
An introduction to making fine chocolate truffles and confections
How to temper chocolate
How to make ganache
Rolling and dipping chocolate truffles
Classes are from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Classes are broken up into two sections and will include a light meal. At the end of the class you will be able to take home your own original gourmet chocolate confections. Classes are only available on the scheduled dates, or made by appointment (minimum 4 people per class with a maximum of 9), and are held at our chocolate studio in downtown Hico, Texas. A private class can be arranged at a location of your choosing.*
Chocolate Class Two: Secondary Skills
Join Chef Kevin at Wiseman House Chocolate Studio in our second core class that goes beyond the basics into an intensive class on self expression in chocolate. Tempering chocolate is still at the heart of our program, however creating personal creative flavors and techniques to enhance your own style of confectionery is the theme of this hands on class. Infusing flavor into chocolate and chocolate ganache focusing on the taste as well as eye appeal. There will be time for practicing and discovering chocolate decorating that can be applied to chocolates, confections and desserts.
The class will include:
advanced flavor preparations
practice in tempering chocolate
techniques in chocolate decorations
Different styles to enrobe chocolates
$250/per person for a 7-hour class 9am-4pm
A $50 deposit is required to register for an individual chocolate class and a $100 deposit is required to register for both classes one and two together**
Please bring a cooler to take your fresh made chocolates home. Wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind a chocolate stain. Aprons and lunch provided.
Chocolate Class Three: Advancing Skills
Chocolate Class Three is an advanced class designed for home chocolatiers wanting to elevate their chocolate/confectionery skills to a higher level with emphasis on product quality and size consistency. This class will focus on uniformity in sizing, how to create different truffle shapes, the enrobing of those shapes, methods to divide ganache to achieve size evenness, refinement of dipping skills and possibly a few surprises along the way.
Prerequisite for this class is prior attendance in Chocolate Class One and Class Two.
To maximize personal attention and the hands-on chocolate experience this class is structured to accommodate four to five students only. The class is designed to cover two, seven-hour days with a break for lunch which is provided.
This unique class is offered only at Wiseman House Chocolate Studio 106 South Pecan Hico, Texas.
Cost: $500. A $100 deposit required to complete registration call the Wiseman House office 254.796.2499
Please bring a cooler to take your fresh made chocolates. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and clothes you will wear proudly with chocolate stains at the end of the day. Aprons will be provided.
Staying in town? Try one of these local hotels or bed and breakfasts
Hico Hills Inn- This is an older small motor court with new young owner who have made Hico their home. (254) 796-4217
Midland Hotel- Newly restored as of January 2017 from the original 1896 Midland Hotel offering new accommodations with local flare and a fine restaurant The Chop House. (254) 796-CHOP (2467)
Hico Upstairs Inn- Offering 3 private, spacious, cozy rooms with private baths and one shared living/common area. Restored antiques have been refinished by Linda Jones and are available for purchase. (254) 796-2230
Old Rock House Bed and Breakfast- Built in 1874 out of hand chiseled rock, the "Old Rock House" has been lovingly restored to it's original rock walls, hardwood floors, and bead board ceilings. (214) 538-1201
Hico's Nothin' But Time- Located in a wonderful old home as B&Bs first started out. (254)485-0459
The Loft- The room above The Barber Pole adjacent to the Chocolate Studio where classes are held. Features wood floors and high ceilings. (254) 592-4172
Call us at 866-460-3571 to schedule a class.
*Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin, Texas area only. Additional travel fee may apply.
**Make registration deposit check payable to Wiseman House Chocolates and mail it to: PO Box 583, Hico, TX 76457. Please include name, phone number, and date of class you desire to register for.
Fine Handmade Chocolates
Make Your Own Creation
Mix raw chocolate from Belgium and Venezuela, whip in fresh ingredients like whipping cream and natural flavors like crushed coffee beans or unique liqueurs.
Learn by doing. Enjoy the company of others while you learn the art of fine chocolate making. By the end of the day you will have made a couple original gourmet chocolate confections. It's a unique experience that you will remember for years to come.