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“The place to visit for Chocolate Lovers”
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TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour
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San Francisco
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262 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“The place to visit for Chocolate Lovers”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Lots of chocolate samples. The factory tours are free. You can book the tours on line. But mostly go because their chocolate is awesome. I would recommend it for anyone visiting the Embarcadero area. They also have great gifts for those chocolate lovers you know back home.

Visited December 2012
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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very Informative”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Take the time to enjoy a very informative tour. Very educational learning about the history and making of chocolate. Experience tasting chocolate as one would taste wine. Letting it melt in your mouth and discovering the unique taste of the choclate and the region of the wolrd where the cocoa beans are from.

Visited November 2012
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Dallas, TX
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118 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Chocolate lover's paradise”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stumbled in to TCHO while walking down the Embarcadero, and happened to be there right when they were beginning the afternoon tour, which was great luck. It was very interesting to see how the chocolate is made and packaged. We walked out with more knowledge about the intricacies of cocoa sourcing and chocolate manufacturing, as well as several bars of chocolate and other assorted gifts. Since our trip, we have ordered more chocolate from the factory. Great gifts! Check the tour schedule and make a plan to visit while you are in the Embarcadero area!

Visited October 2012
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Jacksonville, FL
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287 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Chocolate education and tour with samples”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

We found this to be a most informative and enjoyable experience, in part due to the evident enthusiasm of our guide (Jose) for things chocolate. Tcho is just a take on the pronunciation of the first syllable of the word chocolate. You start with a very well done lecture/demonstration about chocolate production (the presentation is supplemented with various props you get to handle, such as cacao pods, roasted cocoa beans, and lump cocoa butter), a short look/see at the actual production facility (which like most factory floors is just machinery, pipes, and a packing facility), and a very well thought out tasting that starts with chocolate nibs and continues through half a dozen chocolate samples (4 dark, 2 milk).

All the chocolates are excellent, better than Ghirardelli's in my estimation, and I've had a lot of their dark chocolate. If you aren't interested in learning about chocolate production you might find the first part of the tour boring, but if like me you are curious about such factoids as how many pods it takes to make a chocolate bar, you will find this tour as fascinating and informative as I did. I suspect anyone who enjoys chocolate would go for the tasting experience at the end of the tour

I heartily recommend having a $2 Tcho shot before you leave, which is a shot glass size cup of the richest hot chocolate I've ever experienced, total yum. There are only 2 tours each day (10:30am and 2:00pm) and you may be able to do one as a walk-in, but if you are able to plan, you should book your tour on-line (it is totally free, and there is no sales pitch, plus you get a 10% discount on any chocolate you buy at the end of the tour). The stuff isn't cheap, about twice the cost per ounce of mass producer's dark chocolate, but then it is better stuff than theirs.

Visited September 2012
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Silicon Valley, Ca
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89 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Chocoholic's Paradise”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We took the tour. It's not exactly Wonka-esque, but it's informative. Our guide Jose was funny and gave a good presentation on how chocolate is made, from farm to store. The factory is only 2 large rooms, so there isn't much to tour. But the tasting is fabulous and worth the visit. They give you a 10% discount on purchases after the tour. The chocolate is fabulous, especially the dark. Lots of neat packaging, great for gift giving. We left with a full shopping bag.

Visited September 2012
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