Ready to taste-test? Your sweet tooth will love these Chocolate Factory Tours!
I’ve got a bad sweet tooth lately. Last night I had ice cream. For dinner. Two bowls.
So, with all this sugar on my mind, I’d like to just head straight to the source. Did you know that there are some very cool chocolate factory tours just a short road-trip away? Fun and educational with plenty of samples. Sweet.
Taza Chocolate Factory Tours
561 Windsor Street, Somerville, MA (617) 284-2232
Cost: $8/$6 per person
Hours: Monday–Sunday every week; Online reservations are required
Hop in your car and head south over the border and you’ll hit Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, MA, where they make 100% stone ground, Mexican-style organic dark chocolate. Tours here run 7 days a week (note: no chocolate production on the weekends), are approximately 60 minutes and length and are recommended for ages 10 and up due to the educational focus. On Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, they offer the Cacao Scouts Kid’s Tour, a special abbreviated tour for families with children under the age of 10 for $6. The public tour costs $8 per person and online reservations are required by visiting tazachocolate.com or calling (617) 284-2232.
Harbor Sweets Factory Tours
Palmer Cove, 85 Leavitt Street, Salem MA
Hours: Tours are given on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am. It’s best to call for information. (800) 234-4860
In historic Salem, MA, you’ll find Harbor Sweets where employees still make all of their famous “Sweet Sloops” and other delicious candies by hand. Tours are offered weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and are free to the public. Reservations are not required but it’s recommended to call first to confirm tour times. If you haven’t filled up on the samples, visit their old-fashioned shop next door and pick up some goodies for later. There’s plenty of family-friendly stuff to do in this great town so make a day-trip out of your visit! For info, visit harborsweets.com or call (800) 234-4860.
Wilbur’s of Maine Factory Tours
174 Lower Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032
Cost: $3.50 per person
Hours: February 20, 21 & 24; 11:00am-2:00pm
If you’re headed up to Maine, visit family owned and operated Wilbur’s of Maine in Freeport for a factory tour. Take a hands-on tour of their facilities, learn the company’s history, eat a bunch of samples and even make your own candy. Cost is $3.50 per person and tours run every half hour. No reservations are required. They run tours monthly so visit wilburs.com for more info or call (207) 865-4071.
Van Otis Chocolate Factory Tours
341 Elm Street, Manchester NH (603) 627-1611
Cost: $5 per person
Hours: (Not open in February) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am – 4:00pm; reservations are required
The Van Otis Chocolate Factory in Manchester, NH gives visitors a hands-on peek into the magic of candy making with a behind the scenes tour. Tours typically run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm and are only $5 per person (recommended for kids ages 5 and up). Reservations are required and you must book at least one week in advance. Also, tours are not offered the months of December, February, April, June and July (try for March?). For more info or to schedule a tour, visit vanotischocolates.com or call (800) 826-6847.