Chocolate Tales Truffle Making Fun at the Mad Bean in Forest Hill Raises Funds for SickKids Foundation, by Josh Sherman

A Star Wars clone trooper and a little red dog were among the patrons inside The Mad Bean (519 Eglinton Ave. W.) this past Friday evening. Well, not exactly. Those were the costumes that Oliver Roth, aged six, and his three-year-old brother, Simon, had decided to wear, it being Halloween Eve and all. But the date also marked another occasion. It was the Forest Hill coffee house’s first Halloween-themed chocolate-making workshop for kids. mad-bean-chocolate-1Oliver and Simon were among the 40 to 50 kids that David Levy, founder of Chocolate Tales — the company that put on the culinary session — estimated turned up for the after-school event. “We’re pretty pleased, people had an awesome time,” he said. Children got to make and eat truffles and pour Belgian chocolate into moulds of bats, tombstones, skulls and black cats that they could take home. Oliver’s favourite part was “eating the chocolate,” he said. Ditto for Simon. While the sweets were obviously a draw, Kerry Quinn, a Chocolate Tales chocolatier who helped run the event, said there’s something else kids like. “I think it’s just really creative, and they get to interact with the other kids,” she explained. mad-bean-chocolate-4The Chocolate Tales Children’s Halloween Chocolate Making Workshop was a fundraiser for the SickKids Foundation. According to Lisa Kotris, co-owner of The Mad Bean, it won’t be the last. Kotris told Village Living she plans to make this an annual community event for the charity. Those interested in attending one of the all-ages chocolate-making workshops that Chocolate Tales runs regularly at The Mad Bean can buy tickets online. Prices vary.

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