This is going to be a super sweet experience for the whole family. Seattle Chocolates celebrates its 25th anniversary and you are invited to take a look behind the scenes of the factory. Get to see how chocolate is made and what’s involved in the whole process. This is the newest adventure you can go on in Seattle. Since January 2017 the Seattle Chocolates Company has now an hour-long tour through the factory.
The Experience Chocolate Tour starts in a classroom where you will get to know more about the history of chocolate and the basics of how to make chocolate. Lesson learned and now you get to see the cool stuff, well let’s call it the sweet stuff! But before you go inside the factory, you will get a nice fashion accessory and you get to keep it for free – a stylish hairnet for the modern Seattle Chocolates Tour visitor!
Kandise was my tour guide for the Saturday afternoon tour. After the classroom, where I got my first taste of chocolate, we headed into the factory and up the stairs on the elevated pink walkway. Don’t worry if you are handicapped, they will have a special tour for you but let them know ahead of time.
Throughout your tour, you will meet Carle from Germany and Aasted from Denmark, the two main machines used here to produce the fine premium chocolate. You get to know more details about them on the tour.
The highlight comes after you did the walk through the factory. In the tasting room, you get to taste different chocolate flavors produced all here. This is probably a highlight for the younger once on the tour.
I learned a lot about chocolate during my visit here. I used to look at chocolate different before. We all take chocolate for granted but there are regions in the world and even this country, where people have to starve. That’s why Seattle Chocolates is giving back: One purchase = One Serving and #chocolategives.
Seattle Chocolates is known to use honest ingredients for their premium chocolate is part of the Rainforest Alliance, which helps to protect the planet and giving back to the families harvesting the chocolate. The entire chocolate line is certified Kosher and a variety of chocolates are also gluten-free and vegan.
Unfortunately, cameras and cell-phones, as all other personal items are not allowed inside the factory. You will be provided with a locker to store your belongings until after the tour. Also, children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the tour.
The tours run from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and cost $10. It’s best to visit during the week to see the factory during production. Visit the Experience Chocolate Tour Website for more information and details. The tour entitles you to a 10% discount on purchases after the tour. You are also invited to put a truffle on the “Truffle Wall”, the beautiful and sweet counterpart to the Seattle Gum Wall.
You can’t miss the building. Just look for the big pink Seattle Chocolates logo outside, near the street.
You can buy Seattle Chocolate at a variety of places. You can come to the factory store itself or buy it at the Airport Store in Concourse C. Of course, you can order online or use the store locator to find more places selling Seattle Chocolates.