So in September the lovely Eiling invited a bunch of us to head to the Fidani Chocolate factory in Shah Alam where they make premium hand made chocolates under the watchful eye of the skillful chocolate master-chef Amer.
Eiling briefed us on what was going to happen and told us a bit about the company and what they did there, basically they make higher end handmade chocolates under the luxury brand Fidani.
You can get these chocolates in the duty free chocolates shops at KLIA and various other locations.
Then we were introduced to Chef Amer, a highly trained confectionary chef who masterminds the recipes and construction of the chocolates for Fidani using only the highest quality ingredients from around the world.
Before he really got started though we were already demolishing this HUGE box of chocolates, chocolate for breakfast – yum!
And of course people take pictures everywhere, damn bloggers…Suanie and FA
Most of us noticed these looked like boobs too…shame there was nothing phallic..my pair is a bit lopsided though.
Anyway, Amer gave us a very interesting presentation about the history of chocolate, the steps involved in making it and how the different types vary (dark, milk and white) then confectionery (those fake/cheap chocolate that have never seen cocoa).
It was very interesting, learned quite a lot about how complex making a premium grade chocolate is.
After that we headed down into the area where they actually make the chocolates, no-one had been allowed in before so it was quite a treat for us. We had to suit in some hygenic gear of course including hair nets.
And white coats! I felt like some kind of chocolate making super hero, yeehah!
We saw all kinds of processed involved in making the different kinds of chocolates..like truffles!
Some parts are extremely skillful, as you are working with chocolate, too short a time setting and it’ll collapse, too long a time and it’ll be too thick..
Amer then showed us how to make our own pure chocolate bar, which we all did!
KY ho’ing his name there.
Everyone busy at work making chocolates.
My signature chocolate! It was truly delicious, I haven’t finished it all yet…but I’m sure I will soon!
Chef Amer then showed us how to make a delicate rose out of rolled white chocolate, it was impressive indeed.
Looks real eh?
We all got a bit side-tracked in the packing room when we saw this ultra cool machine that sprays the expiry dates neatly onto the boxes…without touching them! We all started coding our arms and hands – sweet!
The labourious packing process is all done by hand as well of course!
We headed back upstairs then to help Eiling test some new lines whilst we waited for our big bars to set…and for those who wanted it to have some Durian chocolate.
As you can see we had made a good dent in that HUGE box of chocolates.
Imagine they average about RM3-4 per piece!
Fidani Signature chocs, lovely.
They are available for special order too including branded chocs for corporate gigs and for wedding favours. All in all it was a very interesting and enjoyable outing, thanks Eiling for inviting us!
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