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The centers of raspberry creams before they’re enrobed in chocolate are part of the “virtual” tour Purdy’s, a Canadian chocolate-maker that shows how they make candy in a series of photographs on their website.
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July 2005

Food Fun / Events & Travel

Chocolate Factory Tours

Around The Country...The World...Or At Home on Your Computer

 

Aside from actually eating chocolate, what could be more enjoyable for a chocolate lovers than to watch this “food of the gods”* being made? Here are some chocolate makers who open their factories to the public for free tours. If you won’t be in their neighborhood anytime soon, you can start with one of the virtual tours online.

*The botanical genus name for the cacao tree and bean, Theobroma, means “food of the gods” in Greek (Theo = god, broma = food).

Our tour selection includes:

To submit a tour for inclusion on this list, click here and e-mail complete information (manufacturer name, address, URL, hours, details (description of tour, any reservation or cost information), and the contact person’s phone to THE NIBBLE™ editors.

I. Virtual Tours

Sit down with some of your favorite chocolates and watch the chocolate-making process from the comfort of your desk chair:

Exploratorium

Then most comprehensive chocolate tour isn’t a factory tour but—no surprise—an online exhibit from San Francisco’s great online museum. Exploratorium’s “The Sweet Lure of Chocolate” has eight web pages incorporating the Scharffen Berger tour below, a RealVideo tour of the Scharffen Berger factory, a RealVideo tour of a chocolate party in the Amazon and a ninth page of bibliography and links. There are also three Real Audio discussions on the health benefits of chocolate. By far, the most comprehensive chocolate education on- or offline.

South Bend Chocolate Company

The only chocolate factory virtual tour that begins at the beginning: with the growing of the cacao beans. For those who haven’t seen the unusual-looking pods growing on the trees, here’s the place to start.

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory

If you can’t get to Berkeley, California to take the in-person tour, the virtual walking around the Scharffen Berger factory is pretty nice—especially if you load up on Scharffen Berger chocolate bars before you start your “walk.”

Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory

A brief photo tour to watch chocolate-coated nuts being made at this Daytona Beach, Florida candy landmark.

Morley Candy

Morley Candy Makers is the largest producer of chocolates and confections in Michigan. This “tour” is a static page of photos. Interesting shots of a chocolate assembly line.

 

Conching

II. On-Premises Tours

 

United States

Conching chocolate with big rollers to remove impurities and smooth the texture at the Scharffen Berger Factory.

These chocolate-makers provide tours of their facilities. Call in advance to confirm hours, make reservations, or just to be sure the facility is not temporarily closed for remodeling.

California

Scharffen Berger
914 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
1.510.981.4050

Tour the factory, sample the chocolates from this nationally acclaimed prestige chocolatier, and learn how chocolate is made. Reservations suggested for free public tours. Private group tours are available for $35/group. You can also have lunch with dishes that include Scharffen Berger chocolate at their adjacent Cafe Cacao.

Colorado

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
265 Turner Drive
Durango, CO 81301
1.970.259.554

Demonstrations of fudge-making and other candy preparations ongoing in the candy store.

Florida

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
154 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
1.904.252.6531

A charming 2-storey building in downtown Daytona Beach includes the factory and retail store. Half-hour tours Monday and Friday.

Whetstone Chocolate Factory
2 Coke Road
St. Augustine, FL 32086
1.904.825.1700

A video overview of modern chocolate-making is followed by a self-guided walk through the factory; including the Molding Room, where up to 500 pieces of chocolate are molded each minute; the Packing Room, where each piece is hand-packed; and the Specialty Room, where special creations take form.

Kentucky

Rebecca-Ruth Candies
112 East Second Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-40602
1.502.223.7475 or 1.800.444.3766

Rebecca Ruth uses a mix of antique and modern equipment to make its confections. Tour highlights include an antique candy furnace with hand-stirred copper kettles that are still used to make candy. Tours are given from January through November, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Groups of 10 or less can walk in; larger groups should email tours@rebeccaruth.com to make arrangements.

Indiana

South Bend Chocolate Company
3300 West Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46619
1.219.233.2577

Enjoy the factory tour and product sampling, plus a Chocolate Museum with a 1,600 year old chocolate pot and an extensive collection of rare chocolate molds, antique tins and boxes. Tours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for an appointment: 1.800.301.4961 or 1.574.233.2577.

Michigan

Morley Candy
23770 Hall Road
Clinton Township, MI 48036
1.800.682.2760

Self-guided tours are available Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and include a free sample at the end. Free guided tours are available with advance registration. E-mail info@morleycandy.com or call 1.800.682.2760 and ask for the tour information line.

Montana

Tom’s Chocolate Factory
5381 US Hwy 2 West
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406-892-3108
Contact: Tom Krustangel

This manufacturer of fine chocolates, gourmet fudge and fancy food products is located near Glacier National Park in northwest Montana. Open year-round with daily tours during the summer months, it has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and on The Food Network Top Five show.

Nevada

Ethel M Chocolate Factory
One Sunset Way
Henderson, NV 89014 (Las Vegas area)
1.800. 225.3792

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and the adjacent Botanical Cactus Garden are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and tours are self-guided. Special guided tours may be arranged for parties of 10 or more by calling 1.702.435.2641.

Ohio

Anthony-Thomas
1777 Arlingate Lane
Columbus, OH 43228
1.614.274.8405

Factory tours run 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. In about an hour, experience candy making from start to finish in a 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. Tour guides explain each process step-by-step. Walk along a glass-enclosed, suspended cat-walk and observe eight lines producing 25,000 pounds of chocolates per shift. No reservations required for individuals; group tours require an appointment. For tour information call 1.877.226.3921 and ask for the retail store.

Pennsylvania

Hershey’s Chocolate Park
Hershey, PA 17033
1.800. HERSHEY

As part of the tour at the park, you can become an Official HERSHEY’S Factory Worker: operate the machine and package HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates as they stream by on a large conveyor. The Visitor Center has a free Chocolate-Making Tour. Visitors can learn the fascinating process of chocolate-making on a simulated factory tour ride. First, walk through a tropical jungle where cocoa beans are harvested, then follow the cocoa bean’s journey to a boat dock where beans are loaded onto ships headed for America. From there, climb aboard the tour ride and enter the simulated factory tour. Tours are available continuously throughout the day. Guests receive a free sample of a chocolate product at the end of the tour. Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vermont

Lake Champlain Chocolates
750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
chocolate1.800.465.5909 or 1.802.864.1808

This producer of high quality chocolate offers free factory tours from Monday through Friday, on the hour, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To arrange a tour for your group of 10 or more, please fill out the Tour Information form.

 

 

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International

Australians love chocolate—Easter is a huge chocolate- giving holiday, and on average each Aussie eats ten chocolate Easter eggs!

Australia

Cadbury Chocolate Factory
100 Cadbury Road
Claremont, Tasmania, Australia
1.800.627.367

Caribbean Islands

Grenada

Carlton Cocoa Fermentary

Jamaica

Pioneer Chocolate Factory

Happy touring! If you know about other factory tours, click here to tell us about them.

 



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