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Behind-the-scenes in an Artisanal Chocolate Maker’s Kitchen

1 hour
Group size
Up to 15 people

Satisfy your sweet tooth during a chocolate-making lesson with an expert as he shares his recipe for traditional “croccantinos.”

Calling all chocolate lovers! Meet Antonio, who’s here to guide you through the world of chocolate-making. He runs an artisanal chocolate company from a small village in the hills of Southern Italy. Your Online Escape begins with an introduction to the process of how to make chocolate, starting from the very beginning when cocoa beans are grown and harvested. Learn why cocoa, the foundational ingredient of chocolate-making, differs in taste depending on where it’s been sourced from. He'll explain how to appreciate the full depths of flavor each bite of this sweet treat provides during a chocolate tasting. Then, he’ll demonstrate how to make a recipe typical of his region: the “croccantino.” You may not have heard of this crunchy bar with hazelnut, almonds, caramel, and dark chocolate before—but we guarantee you’ll remember it now. Antonio suggests you pair it with a cup of coffee, Passito (a sweet wine), or your favorite spirit.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • 9 oz hazelnuts (crushed beforehand)
  • 9 oz almonds (crushed beforehand)
  • 21 oz white sugar
  • 17 oz dark chocolate (at least 55% cocoa)
  • 1 pan
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 marble/stainless surface (on the table)
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 fork
  • 1 spoon
  • Access to a microwave oven


Overall rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 6 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Chocolate Lovers Escape!
06/01/20 by Anne

This was a great Escape to an artisanal chocolate maker's kitchen in Southern Italy, and Antonio was a wonderful host! He provided so much good and interesting information about all the intricacies involved in the process of...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/25/2020

Hi Anne! There is just something so magical about being in the kitchen of an artisanal chocolate chef - and Antonio's enthusiasm makes this Escape even better. His passion for choc...

Amazing Experience
05/26/20 by Anonymous

Being able to cook right along with Antonio was awesome! He is very engaging and informative. It's obvious that he spent many years leading tours as he knows how to interact with people while being entertaining and informat...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/29/2020

Hi there! Antonio is a wonderful host who makes learning about chocolate interesting and fun. Thank you for joining us and for letting us know how much you enjoyed it!

Will keep this recipe for YEARS to come!!
05/19/20 by Naomi

Antonio is SO knowledgeable, it was great fun not only to learn about his background as a chocolatier but also how chocolate is made. I was able to follow along with his recipe and the outcome was just delightful. I highly ...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/19/2020

Hi Naomi! Antonio is a great host and we are glad to hear that you were able to make his recipe in real time and then shared it with your loved ones. Thank you for your very positi...

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How do I participate?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join, you’ll meet your host as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What if I need to cancel?

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