On your next family travels, delight your kids and channel your inner Willy Wonka with tours of famous chocolatiers. From San Francisco to St. Louis and more, you’ll find chocolate factory tours across the United States. Expect most of them to include a sample or two …
Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco, California
At this factory in San Francisco’s Mission District, Dandelion makes small-batch chocolate, and you can watch the whole process, from roasting and grinding beans to pouring the melted chocolate into molds. Taste the results at every step and drink a cup of the famous Dandelion hot chocolate. While in San Francisco, stop at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop in Ghirardelli Square to see some of the brand’s antique chocolate processing equipment.
Anthony-Thomas Candy Factory, Columbus, Ohio
As you walk through the glass-enclosed corridor suspended above the production area on a tour of Anthony-Thomas Candy Factory, you’ll see the whole chocolate-making process as the company produces its daily 30,000 pounds of chocolates. Anthony-Thomas is famous for its buckeyes, spheres of creamy peanut butter filling peeking through a rich chocolate coating.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, St. Louis, Missouri
Free tours of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory take you right onto the production floor, where you can see creamy centers “robed” in chocolate coatings. At this family-owned candy company, all chocolates are individually hand-decorated.
Rebecca Ruth Chocolates, Frankfort, Kentucky
Samples of the signature product at Rebecca Ruth Chocolates are not for the kids. This fourth-generation, family-owned company is home of the original Bourbon Ball, invented by the owner in 1938 and still its most popular candy. On this short tour, watch as these and other liquor-filled chocolates are made.
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