Theo Chocolate – A Delicious Chocolate Factory Tour

This last Saturday, my daughter and I went on a very informative, fun and, most importantly, DELICIOUS tour at Theo Chocolate, located in the Freemont district of Seattle.

When we first entered the building, we were greeted by a very friendly staff, the heavy scent of Dark Chocolate, a large fireplace and a gift store filled with a large assortment of Theo Chocolate’s many flavors.  I lost count, but there must have been close to 20 different types of Chocolate free to sample!  Wow!

My daughter and I were in heaven!

But just as you start digging into the samples, the staff advise you to hold off until after the tour, since the tour itself has plenty of Chocolate to be had.

My daughter and I had already consumed a few of the small samples by the time we were told this, but we decided we’d better follow there advice.

At least until I saw the…

Hazelnut Crunch pieces, or the…

Cherry and Bark.

Crap, I thought to myself, I’d better hold off until the tour is over.  Somehow, I managed to snap my arms to my sides in an effort to restrain them.

Then I got impatient.  I thought, hurry up and start the tour before I eat all this fabulous Chocolate!  So what if we arrived 45 minutes early.  I was a little excited to get here. Let’s get our Chocolate feedbag on! HA HA!

It wasn’t long and the tour started and we were whisked away to a room with chairs. It was there that we sat and listened about the history of cacao trees and cocoa beans. Now, this wasn’t your usual dry, boring lecture.  Instead, it was very informative and interesting and even included time for questions and answers.

It was a great presentation!

We learned that Theo Chocolates is the first and only organic and Fair Trade Chocolate factory in the country.  This means the cocoa beans they buy are from growers that are given a fair wage for their product.  I think this is excellent since this helps prevent child labor and helps the growers build schools, invest in their businesses and support their local economies.

Our guide also told us many other interesting facts about Chocolate, but the one that sticks in my mind the most is that theobromine, the bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant found in chocolate, is what gives you that Chocolate buzz, not the caffeine. After reading this, I bet you can’t guess where Theo Chocolate got it’s name, can you? Theobromine…

Very interesting!

After our guide finished her presentation, we then moved to the factory. Unfortunately, Theo Chocolate only makes chocolate during the weekday, but after walking by all many machines (bean sorter, roaster, umpteen pipes and holding tanks, to name a few), we easily got the idea of what it takes to make Chocolate.  I have to point out here that Theo Chocolate is rare in that they actually MAKE their Chocolate at this factory.  There are very few TRUE Chocolate factories in the U.S.  Theo Chocolate is one of them.  The rest of the U.S. Chocolate companies BUY their Chocolate from overseas in brick form so they can melt the Chocolate and reform it into their molds or add other ingredients to it.  Theo Chocolate doesn’t do this, they MAKE all their Chocolate.

I thought that was VERY interesting. I just assumed all Chocolate companies made their Chocolate.  So we learned something new today.  Actually, we learned a lot of new things on our tour.

I don’t want to spoil the tour for you, so I won’t tell you everything.  I’ll just leave you with the suggestion to go on this tour if you get the opportunity.  Theo Chocolate is well worth a visit.

I mean, how can a true Chocoholic pass up something like this?

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5 Responses to “Theo Chocolate – A Delicious Chocolate Factory Tour”

  1. Sheilacakes — January 11, 2010 @ 11:00 AM (#
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    Oh Yum. Sounds like you had a great time!

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    • MsWonka replied: — January 11th, 2010 @ 6:39 PM

      It was a great time. Thanks Sheila. I’d love to go back and visit when they are actually making the Chocolate. It was a great experience. And of course I LOVED eating all the Chocolate samples! I’m still thinking I should have bought the Coconut Curry Chocolate bar. It sounds gross, but it was AMAZING!!!

  2. Kim — January 12, 2010 @ 10:42 AM (#
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    Very cool Laura. Nothing beats the smell or taste of fresh, fresh chocolate.
    Now, I have to tell you that two summers ago we trekked across the nation to visit family in Pennsylvania. For my son’s birthday we drove up to Hershey and spent the day at Hershey Park. We did the Hershey chocolate factory tour!! Never have I ever smelled anything as delicious and I have to tell you — the fresh chocolate they offer is nothing like the stuff we get in the store that is weeks old. Nothing.
    I highly recommend that you take a family vacation to Hershey!!
    For research of course. Yeah, that’s it — research!!!

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    • MsWonka replied: — January 12th, 2010 @ 9:00 PM

      Wow, that sounds like a great trip you guys had. A former co-worker was from Hershey, PA and he brought back brochures from that place you went too. That was years ago before I started this blog. I wish I had kept that stuff. Perhaps I could write them for more brochures. I agree, I “research” trip is a much better better idea. HAHAHAHA!!! Thanks Kim!!! 🙂

  3. replique rolex daytona noir — May 7, 2017 @ 8:29 PM (#
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    Eliana eh linda sem ou com . mas quem fica bonita sem a maquiagem neh .Ela faz mto milagre kkkk até Cmg.
    replique rolex daytona noir http://www.montredemarque.nl/

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