Norman Love Confections announces its 2017 classes: Cooking with Love. Beginning March 29 through Nov. 8, the Hall-of-Fame chef chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team will share some of their techniques and lead participants through the process of creating artisan confections and exquisite desserts.

Norman Love Confections is offering an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person, per class. The Mother’s Day Layer Cake class, a specialty class, is $120 per person. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make reservations, call Norman Love Confections at 239-561-7215.

Easter Eggs:

Create your very own Easter egg chocolate sculpture filled with delicious Swiss milk chocolate truffles. Norman Love Confections’ chocolatiers will guide you in creating and hand painting your own dark chocolate egg, which will then be beautifully packaged and ready to gift or enjoy yourself! Dates: March 29 and April 12.

 

Layered Cakes:
Students will learn how to cut, fill, ice, and decorate a 6” cake, along with learning to make and pipe buttercream and ganache. Choose one of two festive cake designs: a dripping ice cream cone cake or a magical unicorn cake. Dates: March 29 and Sept. 27.

Cupcakes:

Students will be shown how to create cute and playful cupcakes using various piping techniques, along with learning how to create delicious buttercream frosting from scratch. End the class by snacking on a custom cupcake featuring your favorite flavor of Norman Love Confections gelato! Dates: April 12, June 14 and Aug. 16.

 

Molded Candies:

Let the chocolate masters at Norman Love Confections teach you all the techniques necessary to make their famous jewel-like chocolates, including how to cast liquid chocolate, hand-color shells, and mix custom ganache to fill your candies. Dates: June 14, July 5, July 26, Sept. 6 and Oct. 18.

 

Truffles:

Master the 100-year-old art of truffle making, from the luscious dark chocolate hand-formed truffle to the modern Swiss chocolate shell with fillings. Bring the finished treasures home to enjoy. Dates: May 24 and Aug. 16.

Chocolate and Wine Tasting:

Prepare to enjoy a deliciously elegant night of chocolate and wine pairings hosted by Chef Norman Love. Learn the unique qualities of each of the featured chocolates, the history of chocolate making and the confection-making process, as well as the art of pairing chocolate and wine. Dates: May 24 and Sept. 6.

Cookies:  

Learn how to create a delicious array of cookies, including classics like chocolate chip and peanut butter, the whimsical coconut macaroon, and a mystery cookie made to enjoy frozen with a scoop of Norman Love Confections’ signature gelato at the end of the class. Dates: May 3 and July 26.

Home Desserts:

Norman Love Confections’ pastry chefs will teach you an array of dessert options you can comfortably make in your own kitchen. From the decadent lava cake served with gelato to a dreamy layered dessert shooter and the luxurious Grand Marnier Soufflé. Dates: July 5 and Oct. 18.

 

Mother’s Day Layer Cake:

Learn how to cut, fill, ice, and decorate an adorable 5” x 7” designer bag-shaped cake. Students will work with fondant to put the finishing touch on a gorgeous cake that makes the perfect gift for mom. Date: May 10.

Thanksgiving Pies:

Usher in the magic of the holiday season by learning to master your favorite pies! Students will learn to make fresh dough, and then will use it to create decadent pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies. Date: Nov. 8.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.