It was Easter when a friend of mine started telling us of a lovely little artisanal chocolate shop in Marine City that offers chocolate-making classes in their workshop. Intrigued and tempted by the thought of tasting chocolates and then making our own, we got a group of us together and organized an introductory class.
The owner of ‘Columbus Circle’ is Kiwon Park, a lovely Korean lady who lived in New York for 8 years so she speaks a lovely level of English. Having worked in the fashion industry in America, she returned home to her true passion of chocolate and, with a natural artistic flair, has built up her business in Busan, where she makes all her own chocolates, truffles, macarons and more. She uses only the finest ingredients and knows what she is talking about when it comes to anything sweet, which is why she is the perfect choice for learning more about this fabulous art form.
She has a total of 5 different classes that you can attend, all with a capacity of up to 5 people, but as sheer novices we signed up for her beginner class that was informative, and fun. Besides this, she has separate classes for chocolate ‘lollipops’, moulds, cupcakes and truffles so you can work your way through the different classes should you wish to improve your skills!
The beginner’s class that we took, entitled ‘Mendiant’ (the French word referring to a coin-shaped chocolate, usually topped with chopped nuts/dried fruits) cost us 50,000won per person but included a 90 minute class, and all the chocolate with the goodie bags to take home! To start, Kiwon talked us through the different chocolates, ingredients, and how to correctly melt and cool chocolate (no, there were no microwaves involved!).
Next we got to taste different chocolates before helping in the melting, mixing, and tempering process, and then made our very own ‘Mendiants’ in both white chocolate and dark chocolate (60% cocao).
We had a lot of fun (thank you ladies!!) and discovered that it isn’t as easy as it looks to make your own chocolates! But we tried, and once we’d completed a sheet each of our mendiants, we decorated them with different toppings before packaging them up individually to take home with us.
Kiwon was a great host and was friendly, extremely knowledgeable and made the whole experience very personalized. If the girls and I are up for it, there are four more classes to try out…. If Kiwon can cope with us all again!
Columbus Circle is located in Marine City, very close to Trump World. It’s not huge but it is in the little set of shops just opposite the entrance to Zenith Building so you will be able to spot it. If travelling by bus/metro, the nearest stop would be ‘Dongbaek’ on line 2, stop number 204. From there it’s a 5-10 minute walk in the direction of Marine City.