ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Chocolate Origins & Create with a Maker

Kingston, JamaicaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Nick

60 mins, Hosted in English, Catalan and Spanish
Join online
Meet your Host live on Zoom.
Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 500.

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 500 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.

Meet your host, Nick

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 950 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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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From £11
/ person
From £51 per group
Private groups only
From £51 per group
£11 per person
£11 per person
From £51 per group
Private groups only
From £51 per group

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Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 950 reviews.

Adriane
October 2021
I booked this experience for a virtual team offsite (there are 15 of us and we're located around the world) and it was a total hit! Nick was immediately engaging, getting to know each one of us and including us all (by name) throughout the experience. He provided a rich history of chocolate-making and kept our group engaged the entire time while also answering questions and guiding us through the chocolate-tempering experience. In advance of the session Nick was also very communicative, answering my questions and very thoughtfully coming through on my team's additional request for wine/rum pairing recommendations for the experience. I have already received a ton of positive feedback from the team on what a blast this experience was, and I'd highly recommend it to others!
Angelique
October 2021
Nick is an amazing educator and entertainer. He is super fun, engaging, and has such a wonderful heartfelt spirit. We all truly enjoyed our special time together for our Team. I have recommended him to so many people and will continue to do so. Excellent experience!
Bailey
October 2021
We chose this experience for a team bonding work event and it was great! Nick led us through tempering chocolate and context/history about all things chocolate!
Sophia
September 2021
Our team loved this class! Nick was such an amazing, gracious, inviting host and made sure to keep everyone on the team involved throughout the class. Highly recommend for a team bonding activity! The chocolate was amazing and the history behind chocolate was so great to learn about. Thank you again, Nick!
Zoey
September 2021
Nick was very engaging and super good at story telling. He paid attention to all of us equally to make sure no one is left behind in the chocolate making process. He is very knowledgeable of everything chocolate related, from the farming to industry news, even local to our area. We felt very happy about our final products. Great as a team/family bonding experience!
David
September 2021
This was such a fun event and would be perfect for a large or small group! Very interesting to learn about the history of chocolate and also Nick's journey to becoming a chocolatier! Very fun and I think anyone would have a great time!

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  • Mon, 18 Oct
    17:00 - 18:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Tue, 19 Oct
    13:00 - 14:00 (EDT)
    £11 per person
  • Tue, 19 Oct
    15:00 - 16:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Tue, 19 Oct
    17:00 - 18:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Wed, 20 Oct
    13:00 - 14:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Wed, 20 Oct
    15:00 - 16:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Wed, 20 Oct
    17:00 - 18:00 (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From £51 per group
  • Thu, 21 Oct
    13:00 - 14:00 (EDT)
    £11 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 500 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
You’ll need to stream audio and video to participate.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.