If you love making candy, maybe youâ€™ve considered expanding your confectionary knowledge and taking candy classes. Although most diploma programs focus more on baking and patisserie, many schools offer candy workshops that range from afternoon sessions to two-week intensives. Some programs request that applicants have professional experience, but most are open to the public and many welcome novices looking to get started in candymaking.
Workshops are a great way to gain a lot of information in a short period of time, and they offer the chance to study specific topics in-depth. The hands-on nature of most courses is especially valuable in candymaking, where many techniques and skills are best learned through repetition and demonstration from a skilled practitioner.
What follows is a partial list of schools and shops that offer candy education. The information presented comes from the linked websites, but you should always confirm prices and program descriptions with the institution itself.
Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art Location: Darien, IL Description: One day and three day workshop courses open to the public Courses include: working with gumpaste, fondant and marzipan, how to make fudge, caramels, and more. Cost: Inquire for prices
Retail Confectionerâ€™s International /Gus Pulakos Candy School Location: Madison, WI Description: Intensive two-week course in candy production and chocolate work. Minimum two years experience in candymaking required. Shorter mid-level and novice workshops are also offered. Courses include: caramels, fudge, chocolate, hard candy, gums, and aerated candies. Cost: Inquire for prices
Notter School of Pastry Arts & Chocolate Studio Location: Orlando, FL Description: 3-6 day continuing education courses for professionals and culinary students. Courses include: Sugar Art, Artisinal Bonbons & Confections, Airbrushing Techniques, and Modern Candy Making. Cost: $375-$820
International Sugar Art Collection Location: Norcross, GA Description: Classes range from one to five days and are for professionals and the general public. Courses include: gumpaste flowers, rolled fondant, and using confectionary to decorate cakes. Cost: $225-595
Sugar Plum Candy School Location: Lincoln, NE Description: One and two-week courses available to those in the confectionary industry or those planning on entering the confectionary industry Courses include: Chocolate dipping and tempering, candy centers, and candy merchandising Cost: $750-$1950
The Confectionary, Inc. Candy School Location: Sycamore, IL Description: One-on-one courses from the owners of The Confectionary, Inc. Cost: Email directly for more course and pricing information.
The New School for General Studies, Culinary Arts department Location: New York City, NY Description: Full day and afternoon recreational workshops, as well as a 5-session certificate course in chocolate. Courses include: gumpaste flowers, chocolate tempering and molding, and holiday chocolate truffles. Cost: $125-$210
Oregon Culinary Institute Location: Portland, OR Description: One-day recreational workshops Courses include: Sugar artistry, and chocolate Cost: $100