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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Chocolate Origins & Create with a Maker

Kingston, JamaicaPart of Field Trips Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Nick

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English, Catalan, Spanish

What you'll do

On this experience you’ll learn the true story of how chocolate becomes the world’s favourite sweet, a bitter sweet tale of hard work, artisanship and how business can be a force for good.

We start with our special welcome to Jamaica. We’re located on the edge of the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston.

We’ll look down across the city towards the harbour as I give a brief history of the island and the historical use of cacao.

We then get to know each other before we make our inclusion bars.

I’ll tell you about how I went from a BBC Correspondent to a chocolate maker before I explain how we go from the raw ingredients to the finished yummy product.

I’ll show you how to hand temper chocolate, from our original development kitchen using a bowl, a table and a spatula.

Before I walk you through creating your own custom made inclusion chocolate bars.

We then go right into the farm, driving over a river bed, to have a closer look at the cacao estate.

We’ll introduce you to the pods up close, we’ll look inside the fruit and I’ll explain how the beans are fermented on the farm and how the nibs are processed before we unveil your bespoke bars.

This Experience is great for team-building. Book a private experience for your group. Is your group larger than my listed max group size for private groups? Send me a message.
Other things to note
Due to the fact I'll be using multiple cameras this will be best to watch on a PC so that you can maximise views and also see your fellow experiencers. Especially when we get into the tasting segment.
On this experience you’ll learn the true story of how chocolate becomes the world’s favourite sweet, a bitter sweet tale of hard work, artisanship and how business can be a force for good.

We start with our special welcome to Jamaica. We’re located on the edge of the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston.

We’ll look down across the city towards the harbour as I give a brief history of the island and the historical use of ca…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Nick can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at £51.

What to bring

  • Some chocolate that can be melted in a microwavable bowl
  • A spatula, ladle and spoons
  • A clean work surface
  • Moulds to pour chocolate into, they can even be tupperware lids, I'll give you a lists of other common items which can be used.
From £11
/ person
Tue, 9 Mar
£11 per person
£11 per person
Tue, 9 Mar
£11 per person
15:00 - 16:00 (EST)
£11 per person
Tue, 9 Mar
£11 per person
£11 per person

Meet your host, Nick

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 526 Reviews
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I'm a former BBC News foreign correspondent, my parents are Jamaican and when I discovered the amazing cacao here on the island, I decided to start my own chocolate factory! We've since won a number of international awards for our bars and work alongside chocolate companies from around the world on sourcing the best fine flavour cacao across the Caribbean. We're a farm to bar company, from harvest and fermentation through to making the finished product, that now grace some of the most exclusive hotels and villas in the Caribbean, but ultimately I really like sharing my love of all things chocolate. I'm a history buff so I like linking the past and the present to show the development of the world's favourite confectionary. That's why we call the experience, from seed to bar.
I'm a former BBC News foreign correspondent, my parents are Jamaican and when I discovered the amazing cacao here on the island, I decided to start my own chocolate factory! We've since won a number of international awards for our bars and work alongside chocolate companies from around the world on sourcing the best fine flavour cacao across the Caribbean. We're a farm to bar company, from harvest and fermentation through to making the finished product, that now grace some of the most exclusive…
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Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 526 reviews.

Kimberly
March 2021
What a fun thing to do on a Sunday afternoon! This was my first Airbnb experience and I would highly recommend it. It was informative, interesting and entertaining. We did it with relatives in other cities and there was another couple as well. Nick made everyone feel included and was a delightful host. He is knowledgeable and I felt like it was time well spent! Try it!
What a fun thing to do on a Sunday afternoon! This was my first Airbnb experience and I would highly recommend it. It was informative, interesting and entertaining. We did it with…
Emma
March 2021
This was a birthday present from a friend and it was a wonderful gift! It was something a bit different to do on a Sunday in lockdown. Nick was very knowledgeable and told some great stories. The instructions were easy to follow and I really enjoyed making the chocolate! I've learnt some top tips for the future and now know how to make the chocolate again. I would recommend this event to anyone!
This was a birthday present from a friend and it was a wonderful gift! It was something a bit different to do on a Sunday in lockdown. Nick was very knowledgeable and told some gre…
Lynne
March 2021
Nick was an informed and entertaining host. The history of the island and facts about chocolate were fascinating and Nick guided you step by step to make some lovely chocolates. Highly recommended.
Flynn
March 2021
Nick hosted this experience for us for a work event. He had such great energy and a wonderful sense of humor, and made it very personalized -- everybody loved the experience as well as Nick himself. We all really enjoyed learning about the history and chemistry of chocolate, as well as making our own creations. I would definitely recommend for all types of groups -- large or small, coworkers or families. I am sure Nick would make it great with strangers too. :)
Nick hosted this experience for us for a work event. He had such great energy and a wonderful sense of humor, and made it very personalized -- everybody loved the experience as wel…
Jenny
March 2021
Nick is super engaging and is able to weave together an amazing experience! We had a great time and learned a lot about not just chocolate, but about Jamaica and others.
Sela
March 2021
Nick is FANTASTIC. It was wonderful for a corporate bonding event. He has such infectious energy, you can hardly look away from the session. Nick is so knowledgeable about the history and process of chocolate farming and making. His energy makes it an amazing virtual experience. Highly recommend. If you’re considering it, BOOK IT!
Nick is FANTASTIC. It was wonderful for a corporate bonding event. He has such infectious energy, you can hardly look away from the session. Nick is so knowledgeable about the hist…

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  • Tue, 9 Mar
    12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Tue, 9 Mar
    15:00 - 16:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Tue, 9 Mar
    16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Tue, 9 Mar
    18:00 - 19:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    15:00 - 16:00 (EST)
    £11 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
    Join 2 other guests
    £11 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    18:00 - 19:00 (EST)
    £11 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.