• With home tasting kit & Christmas gift pack
  • Tue - Fri, 19 Jan 2021 - 5 Feb 2021
  • Webinar + home study, Online
  • £225 (GBP)

Foundation level course in Chocolate Tasting.

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Course details


Want to give the special Christmas gift of an expert chocolate tasting course AND give them chocolate for Christmas? No problem, we have a special short-time gift offer for your loved one or special chocolate person.

Book with our Christmas offer and we’ll send a special gift pack of taster chocolate samples and a gift certificate to attend our next online Level 1 Chocolate Tasting course. The gift pack will be sent by our partners in Germany CHOCOLATS-DE-LUXE.DE at the beginning of December so you’ll receive the gift pack in good time as a Christmas gift.

Please note: offer available for European destinations only. The gift pack will be sent to your billing address, but let us know if you prefer it to go directly to the student address or another address in Europe.

– Online home study with tasting kit –

Our fully accredited Level 1 Chocolate Tasting course presented with online learning and home study.

Take our Level 1 course as a flexible program with home study, including your own home tasting kit, combined with online live webinars to help guide you through the essentials of tasting and understanding cacao and chocolate.

Complete tasting kit

Your Level 1 online tasting kit includes:

  • All the chocolate you will need for the course
  • Examples of award-winning chocolate as well as examples of defects for comparison
  • Aroma and taste samples to help develop your sensory skills
  • Samples of 6 fine and craft chocolate bars (minimum 20g per sample)
  • 2 couverture samples for sensory training
  • Samples of ‘not so great chocolate’ for understanding defects!
  • Examples of chocolate making stages
  • Your IICCT Level 1 course book

SHIPPING: The course fee includes free shipping with the EU, Switzerland, Norway and UK. This offer is not available outside Europe. To book this course without the Christmas offer, please book here.

Group webinars

Level 1 online will include three webinars with lectures, group tasting and Q&A and a chance to network with your fellow students. Each webinar will be between 2 and 3 hours long.

The webinars will be on dates between 19 November and 17 December 2020 with the timings coordinated to work best to suit all students. The webinars will be repeated on different dates, depending on demand. If you miss any of the webinar sessions or can’t make the times, you can watch a recording of the session online. Zoom will be used for the webinars, which is secure as long as you have the latest software version.

Home study

You will also have the chance for home study and tasting between the webinars to hone your skills and knowledge and to enjoy the chocolate samples.


The course will be examined online and will be moderated by our Institute assessors to our usual standards as an accredited FDQ Learning Centre. The course fee includes the cost of the exam registration. No reduction is offered in the event of not passing the course and retakes will be charged at £60 for each level.

Level 1

About the course

Level 1 takes you through the basics of what is fine chocolate and the sensory elements used in chocolate tasting.

The Foundation course is designed to run over a single day workshop, as three evening class sessions or as three online webinar sessions plus self-study. Level 1 course provides a good grounding in chocolate tasting and includes tasting of 9 or more different origin or blended fine dark chocolate bars, tasted in different forms for an understanding of aroma, length, texture and taste.

The course finishes with a 30 question multiple choice exam based on the course content. Certificates will be issued upon achieving a pass mark.

Entry requirements

None. The Level 1 chocolate tasting course is open to all comers, and is suitable for professionals and enthusiasts.

What's included
  • What is fine chocolate
  • Train the chocolate senses
  • Taste and profile fine chocolate
  • The main origins and varieties of cacao
  • How cacao is produced
  • How chocolate is made
  • Recognize flaws in chocolate
  • Direct sourcing, sustainability and ethics
  • Take away study guide
  • Certificate for exam passes
  • All the chocolate and sensory samples you will need
Who should take this course?

This course would be perfect for you if:

  • You love chocolate, and want to know more about the craft
  • You work in the catering/pastry/fine chocolate industries and want to improve your clients’ experience
  • You are considering launching a fine chocolate business
  • You want to buy a fascinating and unique gift for someone
  • You want to see just how good your palate is for chocolate