We are excited to be teaching "Kamp Kyya" classes on bean to bar chocolate for the University of Arkansas OLLI program on March 8th, 9th and 10th. Prior to attending a Kamp Kyya experience, there are some things that will help you be more efficient when working with and talking with the chocolatiers.
- You will be in a FDA controlled facility and Kyya is a working facility. On a good day, we make between 500-700 chocolate bars. Please make sure you are not fighting anything (cold, virus, etc). We don't want to pass along anything to others.
- You will need to make sure you wash your hands before donning gloves.
- When working with chocolate in the manufacturing areas, you will wear hairnet and gloves.
- We work out of an old Mexican Restaurant. It is small and cramped, but cheap. Please realize because of tight corners, you need to say "behind you" when passing behind someone out of courtesy.
- Water is the #1 enemy of chocolate. Just a tablespoon of water can destroy a batch of chocolate.
- Chocolate will absorb EVERYTHING. Please do not wear perfume or cologne during your visit.
- We roast cocoa beans in the factory, so there are things that are hot, please be careful of your surroundings.
- We are going to teach you how chocolate is made and we do make messes at times, but we eat our mistakes. Make sure you bring clothes that you don't mind getting chocolate on/in.
- The factory has to be cold to mold chocolate properly, bring a jacket or coat, sweatshirt. Nothing furry or loose hair on it. The shop is between 55-65 F during molding. Yes, it can be very cold.
- There are many chocolate specific terms - look for the Blog Post "Chocolate Terminology" before coming so our language makes sense during class.
- We love pictures and video, you are welcome to take pictures and videos while in the Factory. Feel free to tag us @kyyachocolate and use hash tag #KyyaChocolate. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram and Pinterest
- Please don't touch or eat anything unless offered. There will be plenty of chocolate to consume while onsite. We are always designing a new chocolate for customers.
- We will ask you to sign a insurance waiver before class starts.
- We love sharing our passion with others and looking forward to your visit.
Thanks from Team Kyya. The Home of Arkansas Craft Chocolate