Ever wanted to get up close and personal with chocolate and craft your own cocoa-based delights? At Barcelona’s Chocolate Museum, you can learn how to make delicious chocolate lollipops using professional confectioner tools to achieve the best results.
The Chocolate Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of chocolate in Spain, focusing particularly on its relationship with the Catalonian capital. Barcelona’s residents have always had a soft spot for the cacao bean and its many ways of being consumed – in fact, the soldiers of the Bourbon army were rumoured to receive a daily allowance of chocolate for breakfast. Even today, children and adults can’t resist a warm bowl of rich hot chocolate with a side of fresh churros.
Asides from browsing the museum’s displays, be sure to sign up to the lollipop workshop to learn how to make your own chocolate treats. During the workshop you’ll be taught how to use one of the most well-known tools in the cake and chocolate decorating business – the piping bag.
The first step involves swirling the contents of the piping bag around the lollipop stick, which is placed on a grease-proof paper. Then, decorate your creation using a mixture of spices, nuts and fruits, adding a personal touch. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous as the most surprising combinations can sometimes be the best. Once finished, all you need to do is wait for the chocolate to cool and voilà: you’ve just taken your first steps as a chocolatier.
The workshop is open to adults and children above the age of six, so is great fun for all the family, and at just €17 per person it’s relatively affordable. It lasts about an hour hour and a half, and includes a tour of the museum, where you can find out more about the history of chocolate consumption and production in Catalunya, as well as see some impressive chocolate creations – from replicas of the Sagrada Família to Star Wars figurines.