Last month I was invited to the opening of LINDT’s amazing new Chocolate Boutique & Studio Concept Store at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District to make our very own LINDT chocolate bunny for Easter. As you know, I am a chocolate addict, so this was a dream come true!
The Master Chocolatier’s new home in the Silo District houses both the classic LINDT Chocolate Boutique, as well as a world first LINDT Chocolate Studio concept, which offers customers a fully immersive chocolate experience in a one-of-a-kind-setting – a setting I would like to live in, can I just say.
I, along with other members of the press, was given an exclusive sneak-peek at this exciting new concept, and had the opportunity to work with Dimo Simatos, LINDT South Africa’s own Master Chocolatier, to create our very own personalised LINDT GOLD BUNNY – complete with personalised ribbon and jingling gold bell. I made mine for Jeanne – sweet, right?
The whole process was absolutely amazing, and so much fun. We got to put our mould together, fill it with LINDT chocolate, lick the sides (my fave part!), leave it for five minutes to harden and make a shell, drain the excess chocolate (my least favourite part!), and flip it on to a tray to make a bottom. They then went on their own journey to the freezer and 10 minutes later we could add our ribbon, gold bell and a dash (or two) of edible gold dust. Eeeek, I want to do this every single day!
We were walked through the whole process and given a helping hand if needed, and we all had a giggle together as we were making our very own LINDT bunnies. It really was an incredible experience I will never forget.
More about the concept
This amazing concept allows Cape Town’s chocolate addicts, like myself, to get involved in a number of exciting chocolate classes, all under the guidance of the LINDT Master Chocolatiers. These classes also allow those taking part to understand the LINDT Difference, the chocolate making process and give them the opportunity to learn to make their own confectionary treats that can be taken home.
If having the opportunity to make your own LINDT creation was not enough, the LINDT Chocolate Boutique & Studio stocks a wide range of LINDOR flavours – in their colourful pick & mix display, a number of gifting ideas, and a range of exclusive products – one of which is the new LINDT Rhino. The LINDT Rhino was made with LINDT partnering up with Rhino Africa, and every LINDT Rhino sold means a R5 donation to the Wildlife Act.
What’s more, the new Chocolate Boutique & Studio will also offer visitors the chance to personalise their very own LINDT slabs with a range of high quality ingredients such as caramelized almonds and hazelnuts, dried cranberries or sea salt. So freaking yummy.
Additionally, the Silo store will be able to delight in decadent treats like freshly made LINDT Hot Chocolate, LINDT Chocolate Shakes and a variety of delicious LINDT pralines, macarons and gelato flavours.
For more information and booking of LINDT Chocolate Classes: www.chocolatestudio.co.za
Where you can find LINDT Chocolate Boutiques & Studios
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Sandton City, Johannesburg
*LINDT Chocolate Boutique & Studio, Design Quarter, Johannesburg
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Cresta Shopping Centre, Johannesburg
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Canal Walk, Cape Town
LINDT Chocolate Boutique, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Durban
*LINDT Chocolate Boutique & Studio, Silo 2 at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
*offer LINDT Chocolate Classes and freshly made LINDT Chocolate products
Class participants will also earn a 10% discount on their purchases from the LINDT Chocolate Boutique & Studio.