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“So You Love Chocolate?”
Review of TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour - CLOSED

TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We stumbled onto this hidden gem while walking along the Embarcadero. I think everyone loves chocolate and if you dont I think TCHO can help change that. I mean you really cant go wrong here you get a very informative talk about chocolate and you get a small glimpse into the factory operations. After that you get to taste several different types of chocoalate and they explain how to taste. The employees were all very nice and helpful and seemed to enjoy what they do. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate but I did end up buying a box of dark and then a mix and match of dark and milk chocolates as well as some specialty pieces. All In all if you have time stop by and take a look, sign up online for the tour because space is limited and they do fill up fast.

Thank JFlores98136
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Ok, so I spent the previous 2 days mispronouncing the name of this company. It's CHO like the first syllable of chocolate. This is worth a stop. Free factory tours that end in a chocolate tasting. What more do you want than free chocolate? The beginning is very informative. I learned a lot about chocolate and where it comes from. Sad that they weren't in production that day. Would have liked to see the machines running. You taste chocolate nibs (yuk) and 6 different chocolate flavors. the people are very nice. They also have a retail store. A bar of chocolate will set you back $7. You can buy coffee and hot chocolate. Make time for this when visiting San Francisco.

Thank Ramblingwelove
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

OK, we're chocolate nuts and we conclude most meals with a little 85% dark. So our bias is obvious. Last time we were in town, we stumbled upon TCHO at Pier 17 while ambling down the Embarcadero or The Embarcadero as the signs have it. It was a nice hole-in-the-wall, offering tastes of their 4 or so offerings. But two years later, it's transformed and still changing. We admitted to our high cocoa content fixation, and having tasted the lesser percentage chocolates all the stoppers-in get, our taste leader produced samples from her semi-hidden stash of 99% pure. No added sugar, just a very very slow to melt cocoa attack, worthy to be savored and meditated upon.

We noticed that a tour was starting, and though we had no reservations, were put on the waiting list and soon accommodated. A word to the truly process-engrossed: we were here on a Sunday and so missed seeing the factory in operation even though we got to see where those operations take place. Make reservations and come on a weekday.

Our guide was ideal (a former history major and an actress too), giving us a cultural and economic history of chocolate and indicating why TCHO prints "No slavery" on its packages. We got to shake cocoa pods, sniff and feel raw cocoa and cocoa butter, and then taste some more.

We bought and drank an intense espresso/drinking chocolate mix at the end (TCHOspresso) which could become addictive. In an effort to feed our evil new habit, we bought various items in their shop, all offered at a discount for immediate tour veterans.

This is a nice diversion if you're walking/running/biking down along the Embarcadero, and not too shabby as a destination point too.

Thank inJester
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

If you like chocolate this tour is for you and it's FREE. You can book the tour at the store or online.
The tour starts out about the history of TCHO and where they get their chocolate comes from.
You will have to put everything you have with you in a locker, that includes your camera. They take you through the factory which is not all that large. After the tour they get you to taste the different flavors of chocolate the produce. Very unique tastes. Fun place to visit.

Thank gjsamson
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The first half hour was spent learning about chocolate: Where it comes from, how it is processed before it ends up in TCHO's factory, and a bit about how TCHO was started. A combination of video presentation and speaking by the guide.

Next came about 10 minutes inside the factory, but the noise was so loud that it was next to impossible to hear anything and to ask questions. I really wish the tour part would be improved, e.g. by showing how the machines work and showing more in detail how the chocolate is handled after it has been made into bars.

The chocolate tasting that followed was excellent. It really made me appreciate the differences in dark chocolate and the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

Very informative, but more of a chocolate education and tasting than a factory tour

You need to sign up online before joining.

Thank kennethdarling
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