Cocoa bombs, cooking classes explode with popularity

’Tis the season to indulge in festive culinary delights. Nothing chases away cold weather blues like dropping delicious cocoa bombs into steaming hot milk and creating the perfect cup of hot chocolate. 
 
If you’ve yet to experience these chocolate balls infused with hot cocoa mix, now is the time to try signature hot cocoa bombs crafted by The Cooking Lab, courtesy of Daniel Island residents Natalia Akst and Natasha Nova. 
 
Four delicious cocoa bombs come in every box and cost $25 per box. They make the perfect holiday gift, and delivery on DI for two boxes or more is complimentary. 
 
The Cooking Lab is a collaboration between My Organic Bakery and the Island Collective. My Organic Bakery is owned by Natalia Akst, who is passionate about healthy, organic nutrition. Island Collective was founded by Natasha Nova, an entrepreneur from New York City. Besides offering the cocoa bombs, The Cooking Lab also teaches cooking classes.
 
The two moms decided to partner up earlier this year when they discovered they both wanted to design an after-school cooking experience. 
 
“I wanted to offer creative, innovative, and educational experiences like I worked on in NYC for kids on the island. We are both DI residents, we love this community and wanted to offer this for the kids on the Island,” Nova said.
 
The classes are held at the Daniel Island recreation center. 
 
“We wanted them to learn about healthy nutrition through a fun group cooking class. We both grew up in farm to table sustainable kitchens and it is very important to educate our kids about healthy nutrition, sustainability in the kitchen and introduce cultural diversity — a very important concept for children to grasp at an early age,” Akst explained. 
 
“Cooking is a universal act that brings everyone together. Each cooking class with these kids feels like a big celebration, they are all super excited to hear what we are about to make, all want to help and be a part of the creation. The Cooking Lab is about having fun while learning about nutrition, creativity, problem solving skills, social skills and much more ... It has been such a rewarding experience working with all the kids,” Nova said.
 
The classes have been successful and the two are grateful for the team at the new rec center, and for the support from the community. 
 
“A giant thank you to all the parents for raising such wonderful, kind, fun, creative and curious little chefs! It’s been pure joy working with them,” Akst exclaimed.
 
Due to the high demand for The Cooking Lab after-school classes, the two moms are launching more days for the upcoming semester. Classes will be offered for different levels based on age and skills. A collective dinner series for adults will be launched in 2022. 
 
“Ideally we would love to have our own dedicated space so we could accommodate and offer more days for more age groups and mini camps where we will have more time to work on complex and more hands-on recipes,” Nova stated.
 
To find out more or to place an order, visit The Cooking Lab on Facebook or Instagram or email thecookinglabdi@gmail.com.
 
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