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A Practical Introduction to Chocolate Processing

We provide practical training on bean-to-bar chocolate making using hands-on activities and troubleshooting scenarios.

The Aggie Chocolate Factory at Utah State University will offer a week-long short course on “A Practical Introduction to Chocolate Processing.” The course will discuss the process of chocolate making from bean to the final product.  The format will include 2-3 hour lecture a day and hands-on activities at the Aggie. Chocolate Factory. The cost of the course is $2,000 per person. This includes all the materials required for the course, lunches for the duration of the course (Monday through Friday) and two dinners (Monday and Thursday). Participants are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements. A block of rooms will be reserved at the University Inn with special rates for the participants. 


Date: June 10th – 14th

Time: 8AM - 5PM, with one hour lunch at noon


Aggie Chocolate Factory, Utah State University


  • Craig Rank Confectionery Consultant
  • Silvana Martini Food Science Professor
  • Steve Shelton Aggie Chocolate Factory Manager

What You'll Learn

Cacao Farm to Importer/Exporter (Monday)

  • History of cacao
  • Farming – Cocoa pods tasting
  • Fermentation and drying
  • Cocoa bean receiving – Quality control

Cocoa liquor to chocolate (Wednesday and Thursday)

  • Adding sugar
  • Tempering
  • Molding
  • Ganache
  • Standard of identity

Roast to cocoa liquor (Tuesday)

  • Roasting of cocoa beans
  • Cracking an winnowing
  • Milling
  • Tasting

Cacao farm to finished chocolate (Friday)

  • Quality control of chocolate
  • Tasting
  • CCP
  • Review

How to Register

Cost: $2,000/person (Hotel and travel arrangements not included). Mon-Fri lunches and Mon and Thu dinners are included.

Registration deadline: March 31st 2019.  Registration between April 1st and April 30th 2019: $3,000/person.

Capacity: 10 students.  The course will not be taught with less than 8 students

Please register before March 31st 2019. Registration between April 1st and April 30th will increase to $3,000. Payments can be made by check or by credit card.  If paying by check, please address the check to Utah State University and send the check to Alicia Nyman (8700 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT, 84322). If paying with a credit card please register over the phone with Alicia Nyman at 435-797-4162.

If you have any questions regarding the short course please contact Silvana Martini,, 435-797-8136.