Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Amelia Island is truly a special place that offers exceptional chocolate treats, and we’re so fortunate that our kids can experience the life of a chocolatier firsthand in their classes, camps and birthday parties.
I signed my children up to get in on the fun of their Easter Eggstravaganza class recently, joining fellow chocolatiers-in-training and owner Sandy Carroll and her staff in creating some divine chocolate treats.
Sandy introduced herself as a grandma and truly showed the nurturing, fun-loving spirit of a grandma throughout the class.
She and her staff had done a lot of prep work, so the class moved quickly and smoothly, taking just an hour for the children to create Easter peeps on skateboards and bunny Rice Krispie treats.
With years of experience, it was no surprise to Sandy and her staff that their young students would be eager to taste some chocolate. So as soon as the kids arrived, she set out plates of chocolate-covered popcorn. That way the kids could munch without eating their class projects.
First, they made peeps on a skateboard, using previously chocolate-covered cookies, adding lifesaver wheels with flower sprinkle hubcaps, and finally peeps and candy carrots. They used “magic glue” – also known as melted chocolate – to assemble their creations. Sandy and her staff gave helpful instructions, but never micro-managed as the kids tried their hands at chocolate-making.
Later they brought out pre-made bunny head-shaped Rice Krispie treats. The kids each wore plastic gloves to dip their bunny heads in preheated white chocolate, and then – much to my surprise – once their hands were out of the chocolate others would be using, they were allowed to lick the chocolate off the glove before disposing of it. I think it’s those little details – all the little tastes and messes that makes cooking fun for kids – that makes the Peterbrooke class so extremely kid-friendly.
In our own home, I could picture myself panicking if the kids’ Lifesaver wheels flopped off their treats the first time they assembled them, or if they spilled all their sprinkles on the clean hardwood floor (as my daughter did on Peterbrooke’s floor). But the Peterbrooke team wasn’t surprised or bothered by any of those little crises. They just kept on laughing and enjoying the fun as they helped the kids make their treats.
I loved that spirit of fun, which truly continued throughout the whole class. When my daughter broke 4 plastic spoons in a row as she was making her treats, they just laughed and continued to give her more spoons, finally settling her in with a metal spoon. And when my son devoured half of his peep on a skateboard before I could stop him, they just added what was left of it to the pretty, decorative bag he was supposed to take the treat home in as if it were still whole.
After all the lovely treats the kids sampled during class, plus the treats they created to take home, there was still more: class ended with a small, delicious cup of gelato for each child
I told Sandy I have literally been wanting to take my kids to her classes for years. They fill up very fast, and now I know why. You can stop in the store, check their Facebook page or of course check in with Mamamelia to find out when they offer their next class – there’s usually a couple classes leading up to each major holiday. They also offer a chocolatier day camp throughout the summer and mommy-and-me classes from time-to-time. PLUS, I have heard rave reviews about birthday parties at Peterbrooke.
Whatever way you find to get your kids to chocolatier class at Peterbrooke, I can assure Sandy and the rest of the Peterbrooke staff will make it fun from beginning to end.
To learn more about Peterbrooke Chocolatier Amelia Island:
- Visit them at 1427 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
- Visit their website at peterbrookeai.com.
- Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/peterbrookeamelia
- Call them at 904-277-0162