Practical Course in Sugar Confectionery and Chocolate Products

Course Description
The ZDS College at Solingen, specializes in the full-time training for personnel in chocolate and confectionery industry, both from Europe and overseas, we set highest standards in the theoretical and practical courses, training students on modern process plants and machinery to produce on small and large scale equipment a comprehensive range of products.

This 6-week course is held in English and is designed to impart practical and theoretical knowledge of the following confectionery products to the participants:

Sugar Part (2 weeks):

  • High boilings
  • Caramels, toffees & fudges
  • Fruit chews
  • Gums & Jellies
  • Sugarless candies & chocolates
  • Chewing gum

Chocolate Part (4 weeks):

  • Dark, milk and white Chocolate
  • Compound coatings
  • Praline   
  • Liqueur chocolates
  • Fondant & Creams
  • Nut fillings & centres
  • Candy bars and cereal bars

The course is divided in 2 parts of 2 and 4 weeks: SUGAR CONFECTIONERY and CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS

There is the possibility to book the complete course or one of the parts. A company can book the whole course and send different people to each part. Continous assessment will lead to a final diploma in chocolate and sugar confectionery technology. Participants, who obtain at least 50% of the total possible marks receive the diploma.

All executives, mebers of management, production staff and purchasing agents who require a theoretical and practical course in modern chocolate and confectionery technology. Lecturers from supplier and machinery companies provide additional information.


First week, 27 – 31 Oct 2014
•    Raw materials
•    Cocoa beans (cultivation and fermentation)
•    Cocoa butter and powder
•    Manufacture of cocoa mass
•    Visiting the company Probat with store check
•    Manufacture of chocolate
•    Pigging technology
•    Tempering of chocolate

Second week, 3 – 7 Nov 2014
•    Emulsifiers and rheology
•    Tempering and enrobing
•    Fats and Fillings
•    Chocolate Bars & Hollow figures
•    Sugar reduction in chocolate
•    Coating
•    Visiting the companies WDS and Bühler Bindler
•    Sustainability, Quality control and product stability
•    Practical exam

Third week, 10 – 14 Nov 2014
•    Raw materials: fondant, sugar and marzipan
•    Croquant, nougat and truffle
•    Visiting the companies Barry Callebaut, Agathon and the Cologne Chocolate Museum as well as a chocolatier in Brussels
•    Practical test

Fourth week, 17 – 21 Nov 2014
•    Chocolate fillings and crunchy products
•    Workshop One Shot
•    2-days training with Georg Maushagen; confectioner from Dusseldorf
•    Oral exam and farewell

Teaching Staff:
Confectionery Technologist, ZDS-Solingen
Normann WAGNER
Chocolats Technologist, ZDS-Solingen
Jörg Braun
Sugar Confectionery Technologist, ZDS-Solingen
Sugar Confectionery Technologist, ZDS-Solingen

Date / Venue:
Monday, October 13, 2014 to Friday, November 21, 2014

ZDS Zentralfachschule der Deutschen Süßwarenwirtschaft
De-Leuw-Straße 3-9
42653 Solingen - Germany

For the complete course (6 weeks)
Members of the ZDS-Association 10.175 €
Non-members 12.725 €
(incl. accommodation - full board)

For 4 weeks
Members of the ZDS-Association 7.360 €
Non-members 9.246 €
(incl. accommodation - full board)

For 2 weeks
Members of the ZDS-Association 4.254 €
Non-members 5.399 €
(incl. accommodation - full board)

Do your registration for:
4-Week in Chocolate Products, Oct. 27 - Nov 21, 2014 - PEC-407
2-Week in Sugar Confectionery, Oct 14 - Oct 24, 2014 - PES-417

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Andrea Heller

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Phone: Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m. / +49 212 - 59 61 19


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