Chocolate Factories You Need to Visit

If you are a chocolate lover and you are looking to plan a weekend getaway keep reading. We have a couple of amazing chocolate factories for you to visit.

We chose these factories in particular because the chocolate makers create amazing chocolate for us and are located in cool cities and towns that offer more than just eating delicious chocolate.

Chocolate Factory

Fruition Chocolate Works and Confectionery- Shokan, New York

Fruition Chocolate Works and Confectionery is a craft chocolate maker that carefully selects ethically and flavorful cacao beans, using traditional and modern techniques.

Fruition was founded by Bryan Graham. From a young age, Bryan had a passion for chocolate and food. The passion came from his grandmother, an outstanding baker. He would visit her farm in upstate New York, learning to pick the perfect ingredients and how to transform them into baked goodies.

At 16, Bryan began a mentor program, where he became an apprentice at the renowned Bear Cafe in Woodstock, New York, eventually becoming an Assistant Pastry Chef and at age 18 being promoted to a Pastry Chef. Bryan decided to continue his education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Bryan's interest in chocolate came when he made a bean to bar chocolate with chef Peter Greweling. Since, Bryan has continued to educate himself on the science, technique, and craft of handmade chocolate. Bryan was named the top 10 North American chocolatiers and has won a multitude of awards.

The Factory & City

Fruition factory is located in Shokan, New York. Shokan is a small town in upstate New York and belongs to the Kingston metro area. Shokan is about a 2.5 hrs drive from New York City.

The town contains historic sites and 19th-century mansions built by families like the Vanderbilts. The scenery in the area is beautiful and offers attractive hiking trails and ski areas like that of Catskill Mountains. If you are looking for a getaway from the big city life to enjoy nature, peace, and quiet and you love chocolate, visiting Shokan should definitely be on your list. 

When visiting the Fruition factory in Shokan, you can enjoy their viewing window where you watch chocolatiers at work, as well as their tasting room and retail shop, where you can enjoy your way around the room. Visiting the factory is Free.

If you are traveling a long distance to visit, we suggest you reach out first to confirm that they are open as they close early for special events.


Address

3091 Route 28, Shokan, NY 12481

Hours of Operation

Sun - Thurs: 9 AM - 5 PM
Fri & Sat: 9 AM - 7 PM

Fruition Chocolate

Raaka Chocolates- Brooklyn, New York

Raaka is devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers they trust and admire.

The unique flavor of their unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. They craft their bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character.

Their chocolate making process values the community of growers, producers, and makers whose livelihoods depend on cacao and chocolate. 

All of their chocolate is made from scratch, bean-to-bar, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Factory & City

Brooklyn is New York City and offers a variety of entertainment. Williamsburg for the hipsters, Barclays Center for the sports fan, Prospect Park & Park Slope for the kids and Raaka chocolate factory for the chocolate lovers.

Raaka offers Factory tours with tastings and chocolate making classes, a 101 and 201 course.

At their Factory tour and tasting, you can explore their factory to see how they go from bean to bar, with tasting along the way. Tours are 45 minutes long and are age 8 and up event. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. Their tours are for twelve guests and you must book in advance. Tours are offered Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. Admission is $15.

If you are interested in learning to make chocolate they offer a 101 chocolate making class. In this class, you will learn the basics of chocolate making and decorate your own Raaka bar. You will go through their process, tasting and cracking unroasted cacao beans and ending with decorating three delicious bars. Classes are two hours long and only accommodate ten guests per class. Classes must be booked in advance, classes are held on Saturday at 6 pm, Sunday at 3 pm and 6 pm. Admission is $75.

If you are looking for a more advanced class, you should check their 201 course. This advanced-level chocolate making class is for budding home chocolate makers and folks who want to get down to the real nibby gritty and cover everything in the process, some cracking, winnowing, grinding, and more. You'll make chocolate from scratch as you would at home, with DIY and tabletop equipment. They warn it will get messy. Classes are two and a half hours long. They only accommodate eight guests per class and must be booked in advance. The classes are held on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Admission is $100.

Address

64 Seabring Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Hours of Operation

See above in bold times for tours and classes.

Raaka Factory

French Broad Chocolates- Ashville, North Carolina

Dan and Jael are the founders of French Broad Chocolate. Their journey in chocolate started in 2003 when the two left grad school and moved to Costa Rica where they bought an abandoned cacao plantation and started, Bread & Chocolate bakery.

After living in Costa Rica for two years, the couple moved to Ashville, North Carolina where French Broad Chocolate Lounge was opened. In 2012, Dan and Jael became bean-to-bar chocolate makers and opened French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room.

French Broad Chocolate began sourcing cacao from trusted farmers and transforming it into fine chocolate. Since 2012, French Broad has created a variety of chocolates, with tasting notes ranging from fruity to deeply earthy.

The Factory & City

Located in historic Asheville, the city offers monumental landmarks, cultural arts, and breathtaking natural beauty. Locals will tell you once you visit Ashville, you will want to continue coming back. One reason is French Broad Chocolates. 

French Broad offers a 30 minute and 1-hour tour.

Their 30-minute tours are offered every day at 2 pm and 4 pm at French Broads beautiful new Chocolate Factory & Cafe in the RAMP Studios at 821 Riverside Drive, Suite 199, Asheville, NC 28801. During the tour, you will walk through the facility with a tour guide. The tour includes a guided tasting of their chocolate and a behind-the-scenes look at their chocolate-making process. The cost of admission is $6 and for children under the age of 7, it is free.

If you are looking for a longer experience, you should try their 1-hour tour. The tour is offered every Saturday at 10 am and 11:30 am. It is also located at their Chocolate Factory & Cafe in the RAMP Studios at 821 Riverside Drive, Suite 199, Asheville, NC 28801. You will be provided with an in-depth explanation of the chocolate-making process from bean-to-bar, as well as information about the cacao growth process and their company. You will also be able to go behind the scenes to see demonstrations of each step of the process and enjoy samples of cacao as well as some of their finished bars and confections. At the end of the tour, you will receive a 10% off coupon to be used at their gift shop at the Chocolate Factory or at their downtown dessert restaurant, French Broad Chocolate Lounge. The cost of admission is $12 and for children under the age of 7, it is free. 

Address

821 Riverside Drive, Suite 199, Asheville, NC 28801

French Broad Chocolate Factory

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