Make Candy in East Village Spa Theater

New York, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Jena

90 mins, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people
American cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

Spa lollipops go from fantasy to reality in this playful experience, inspiring imagination, interaction and stress relief. Jena Chambers, spirited confectioner extraordinaire, shares how to make lavender and chamomile-based hard candy while telling uplifting stories. If you've ever wanted to be inside a magical candy kitchen, this will feed and further ignite your curiosity.

Beyond a cooking class, this is an interactive experience, peppered with stress-relieving activities. While Jena reveals the art and science of healthy confections, you sip a spa tea while enjoying a warm aromatherapy foot bath. You'll also taste a few savory and sweet snacks featuring the flavors entering the candy pot. Bond with your friends, old and new, while sharing the adventure of pouring hot candy. This is a restorative break from the fast pace of NYC, with friends, co-workers or family. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, with new ideas for self-care, as well as a calming lollipop to savor.

See video and reviews for our aphrodisiac candy version here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/287532

For more info on the candy, see www.pandoraspops.com. Instagram: @pandoraspops
Other things to note
Culinary experience, or a sincere desire to learn confectionery skills, are both not necessary. This is primarily relaxing fun, but you will be surprised at what you can learn in a candy kitchen.
Spa lollipops go from fantasy to reality in this playful experience, inspiring imagination, interaction and stress relief. Jena Chambers, spirited confectioner extraordinaire, shares how to make lavender and chamomile-based hard candy while telling uplifting stories. If you've ever wanted to be inside a magical candy kitchen, this will feed and further ignite your curiosity.

Beyond a cooking class, this is an interactive experience, pe…

What's included

  • Food
    3 rounds of savory and sweet snacks infused with stress-relieving plant ess...
  • Drinks
    calming herbal tea or spa beverage

Meet your host, Jena

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 7 Reviews
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I like to ignite joy and healthy surprises with candy, and to help guests connect with each other and their taste buds in new ways. The founder of two artisanal candy brands, Pandora's Pops and Academy of Treats, I have over 20 years professional experience in holistic health and the mind-body connection. I'm a former massage school director, Duke University graduate, Manhattan resident since 2008, and an active part of the Airbnb travel community. I'm sharing the tradition of my magical great-grandfather, who ran a confectionery school in NYC introducing European methods.
I like to ignite joy and healthy surprises with candy, and to help guests connect with each other and their taste buds in new ways. The founder of two artisanal candy brands, Pandora's Pops and Academy of Treats, I have over 20 years professional experience in holistic health and the mind-body connection. I'm a former massage school director, Duke University graduate, Manhattan resident since 2008, and an active part of the Airbnb travel community. I'm sharing the tradition of my magical great-…
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Where you'll be

Our petite theater is at 10th St and 1st Ave, a tree-lined street in the heart of the artful East Village. This is a wonderful neighborhood for discovering new things: diverse boutiques, restaurants, bars, and theaters. A few favorite local places to enjoy before: Tarallucci E Vino has a lovely outdoor happy hour and Montauk Salt Cave is relaxing, or after: Amélie has delicious French wine/atmosphere and the Russian & Turkish Baths is an icon.

Rated 4.86 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Kyra
December 2019
We did this experience for my sister's bachelorette party and it was spectacular! Jena was super helpful before the event: accommodating our larger-than-normal group, scheduling at a convenient time for us, and even creating a personalized combination of her two Airbnb experiences to make the bride's day extra special. During the experience Jena made us feel welcomed and at home. She's clearly extremely knowledgeable and shared interesting information and candid stories while answering all of our questions. We had so much fun learning and making the candy! Jena provided snacks and drinks throughout the class and went out of her way to provide special snacks to accommodate my nut allergies. Jena is an extraordinary host and I highly recommend her experience for your next special event or just a fun night out with friends :)
We did this experience for my sister's bachelorette party and it was spectacular! Jena was super helpful before the event: accommodating our larger-than-normal group, scheduling at…
Yunhao
December 2019
This experience is amazing!! Jena is a wonderful host with a great knowledge about the topic, can’t wait to have this experience again in the future.
Robyn
February 2019
Jena was very welcoming and fun. My husband and I left very relaxed, especially after all the walking we did earlier that day! She was very informational and truly passionate about her craft.
Claire
January 2019
Jena is absolutely delightful! She offers a truly unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I am a huge lavender fan and was curious to know more about how it is used in food and drinks. I also was intrigued to see how a spa foot bath and hand scrub would be combined with candy making. The experience did not disappoint! From making me feel welcome and comfortable to talking about her experience with herbal candy making, Jena was a fantastic host. I had a delicious lavender cocktail while Jena talked about her own background and how it led her to confectionery. The candy making is collaborative, and Jena takes the time to talk through the various steps and ingredients. The warm foot soak is relaxing, and it's surprisingly a perfect fit with the lighthearted, fun experience of making lollipops! I highly recommend this experience or any other that Jena hosts. She offers a perfect respite and creative experience that you're unlikely to find anywhere else. And the lollipops you make together and get to take home with you are delicious!
Jena is absolutely delightful! She offers a truly unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I am a huge lavender fan and was curious to know more about how it is used in food and…
Brianne
January 2019
Jena was an extremely personable and knowledgable host and we were honored to be part of the early stages of her new airbnb experience. This experience mixes all the best things—relaxation, health, good snacks and conversation. Definitely would recommend!
Jena was an extremely personable and knowledgable host and we were honored to be part of the early stages of her new airbnb experience. This experience mixes all the best things—re…
Andrew
December 2018
We had no idea what to expect but were so pleasantly surprised by this unique candymaking spa. This experience was absolutely awesome!!! Jena has a very well organized routine but also personalized it to fit the guests. We were interested in holistic health and so we were able to draw on her knowledge but Jena is also an amazing host and provides incredible vibes. It is a very nice break from the fast pace of NYC. We had a very relaxed experience, talking, drinking tea, and making candy. I would recommend this as a perfect event for dates, friends, or families.
We had no idea what to expect but were so pleasantly surprised by this unique candymaking spa. This experience was absolutely awesome!!! Jena has a very well organized routine but…

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Tree nut allergy
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy
Vegan
Pescatarian
Gluten-free
Dairy-free
Egg-free
Peanut allergy
Soy-free
Fish allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.