The Schiedammer Online
Photos: Jan Schrijver
SCHIEDAM – In collaboration with JINC, De Bonte Koe provided seven primary school students in a lightning internship. It makes you want more, according to De Bonte Koe and JINC. From now on, a school will visit every month for such an internship. Part of the internship is making your own chocolate.
A slice of bonbon filling on the table in front of you. Cut out a circle or a heart with a cube. Then dip it with a fork through the liquid chocolate, milk or dark. While your bonbons are cooling, garnish them with a dash of white chocolate. The cooled chocolates go in a smart cardboard box and a De Bonte Koe bag all around. Like real chocolate makers, they wear a white coat and a blue hairnet. After two hours, the coat is taken off, the net is taken off and they are again primary school students by OBS De Globe.
Before returning to southern Rotterdam with their teacher Sherilyn dos Santos, they can opt for a bonbon-to-go from the long showcase filled with bonbons and bouchées. The kids will not let themselves be told it another time and despite the large selection, they are very quick at it. ‘Give me that Zebra’. The zebra does not just look good. “Mmmm so delicious,” she says after the zebra is done. “I had it with marzipan, so you should have tasted it,” says her classmate. They are now sitting on a bench by Lange Haven. After all, they still eat a homemade chocolate before getting on the tram with their teacher. How many chocolates were left in the box when they got home? We will never know…
The children go home much wiser after a quick training course of two and a half hours. They started at half past nine in the morning with a tour of the production area at De Bonte Koe. Seeing and listening is nice, but doing things yourself is even more fun. Wrapping a chocolate bar in a wrapper turns out not to be that easy at all. After a little practice, it worked fine. Almost all children have made ‘play shop’. But in a real store with special gloves on, choosing chocolates with a pair of tongs and putting them in a box, then weighing, paying and packing nicely, it is a lot of fun and educational. Especially if your fellow students on the other side of the counter are your customers.
After a lemonade break, there was an hour and a half to make your own chocolate. Chocolatier Ronald den Hollander, who has worked at De Bonte Koe for twenty years, has already proven to be a patient teacher. They had all eaten chocolate, but only one of the seven students had ever eaten a bonbon. And now they have to make them themselves! The Hollander started from the beginning. He showed the cocoa fruit and saw the cocoa beans coming out. They are roasted and then painted very finely, he said. “Just taste it; this is one hundred percent cocoa chocolate. “Nobody liked it.” What do you miss? “As in chorus:” Yes, sugar of course. “Ronald:” And then taste this … “Yes, that granulate – cocoa with added sugar – turned out to be very tasty. Then techniques like table setting or tempering were discussed. “Tempering is a hard word to melt and then bring chocolate to the right temperature,” the children learned.
Someone had to touch it with a spatula. “WHO?” “Me”, was one of the fastest boys. “I can see him flourishing. Normally he is very quiet, but now he is always in front. It is so beautiful, I think it is,” said Miss Sherilyn dos Santos. One of the girls indicated that she would become an interior designer in the future. One could already see the artistic aspect in the chocolates she decorated. “It smells so wonderful in here, and I also think it’s very instructive,” said another girl.
Everything comes to an end, including the lightning practice at De Bonte Koe. The general manager of the chocolate shop, Mara Berghout, came up with an appropriate conclusion by summarizing with the children what professions there are in a company like De Bonte Koe. The chocolatier was the first to be mentioned, but the shop assistant was also mentioned spontaneously by the children. “But we also have packers, executives, social media employees and marketers,” Berghout said. “Oh yes, do not store the chocolates in the refrigerator at home,” Den Hollander gave as a storage advice.
The internships are arranged by JINC Rotterdam at companies in the region. The purpose of such internships is to give children in neighborhoods with a socio-economic disadvantage the opportunity to gain experience and work at an early stage to improve their future prospects.
For De Bonte Koe, it was the first time students from a primary school were received in an internship. “We are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary. We recently started the celebration with the opening of the chocolate vending machine on Hoogstraat. We also started these quick practices because of the anniversary and we will continue to do so. It is very fun to do and we see the social From now on, a school will visit every month – in collaboration with JINC Rotterdam “, says Amy Klein, co-owner of De Bonte Koe.