As kids, you may have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and fantasized about getting that golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka at his chocolate factory. While we are pretty sure that there are no employees named Wonka, and there are no Oompa-Loompas singing and dancing, you can fulfill your childhood chocolate factory fantasies at Seattle’s Theo Chocolate.
Theo Chocolate is a small factory in Seattle that specializes in small-bath production of organic, fair-trade chocolate. Along with regular chocolate bars, they mix up some wild flavor concoctions including Spicy Chile Dark Chocolate, Coconut Curry Milk Chocolate, Chai Tea Milk Chocolate and Fig, Fennel & Almond Dark Chocolate. Trust us, we were just as skeptical of those flavors until we tried them ourselves. They are surprisingly good! They even make single-origin chocolate bars using only cacao from places like Costa Rica, Venezuela or Madagascar. Like a fine wine, you can taste the subtle differences in the cacao beans grown in varying soils and climates.
Theo Chocolate is housed in the old Red Hook Brewery building in Fremont and offers public tours of their factory. Your tour guides will entertain you with facts about how cacao is grown and will show you how it is transformed into the chocolate we all know and love. You’ll learn a thing or two about chocolate production, but the best part of the tour is that you get to try all of their delicious products along the way!
The factory tour is hugely popular, and you should make reservations, especially during the weekends.