For those seeking a sweet indulgence, the Cocoa Black chocolate school in Peebles will prove a sweet, satisfying find. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders (20 miles south of Edinburgh on the A703), Cocoa Black is quickly gaining recognition amongst food lovers. Founded in 2008 by Ruth Hinks (an Olympic winning pastry chef), the company aims to delight even the most discerning sweet tooth through its range of luxury chocolates, cakes and desserts.
The school provides tuition at all levels - from those looking to while away a lazy afternoon tasting chocolate, through to industry professionals aiming to refine their craft. All instruction is provided by Ruth, who will demonstrate some of the essential skills which enabled her to reach the pinnacle of her profession. Classes vary in size (3-6 participants) and usually last for about 2.5 hours. They are currently run from Ruth's new, delightful (and extremely large) farmhouse kitchen, pending completion of a purpose-built school in 2009. Cocoa Black will supply an apron, utensils and recipes - all you have to bring is enthusiasm!