Adventures in Chocolate Land

Adventures in Chocolate Land

A student makes chocolate lollipops at Voilà Chocolat. (Photo by Brandon Emerson)

Is there a love more pure than that of chocolate? Not in my world, and a recent visit to Voilà Chocolat affirms that the bittersweet treat does more than swoon the tastebuds—it inspires creativity. The Upper West Side’s newest chocolate atelier invites guests to hands-on chocolatiering classes in a friendly, welcoming space, complete with master chocolatiers and innovative work stations designed specifically for the tutorials. Truffles, lollipops, bark, bars and more—chocolate dreams manifest into reality during the roughly hour-long classes, which teach students about the process, sustainable and Fair Trade practices, tempering and flavor development. Voilà makes it easy to make delicious creations by curating topping like nibs, freeze-dried fruit, nuts and sprinkles into profiles that work well with milk, dark or white chocolate. Available for walk-ins or by reservation, the classes at Voilà offer tourists and locals of any age a truly unique experience and the chance to make special souvenirs not found elsewhere. Don’t have time for a class? Then stop by and pick up some ready-made truffles and gourmet hot chocolate. Either way, you'll come home with tempting treats. 221 W. 79th St., 212.920.8799