Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Touring a chocolate factory and indulging in handcrafted cocoa treats and creamy candies can be just what you need. To help you indulge your craving, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best chocolate factory tours.

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Touring a chocolate factory and indulging in handcrafted cocoa treats and creamy candies can be just what you need. To help you indulge your craving, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best chocolate factory tours.

1. Hotel Chocolat, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Hotel Chocolat, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
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Not only is chocolate made at Hotel Chocolat plantation, but the attraction is full of chocolate experiences. First of all, in the hotel’s Boucan Restaurant visitors can enjoy chocolate-infused cuisine like Cacao Gazpacho and Tomato, cacao-infused chilli, and Cacao Ravioli, while cocoa-grinders sit next to salt and pepper shakers. In their Cocoa Juvenate Spa, sweet chocolate-inspired treatments incorporate NanoCacao — a finely ground cocoa from their Rabot Estate — which can be enjoyed through a Cacao Facial, Cacao Massage and Cacao Body Exfoliate. Visitors can also do a “Tree-to-Bar Experience,” which includes exploring the estate cocao groves, picking your own cocoa pods, roasting your own cocoa beans, making your own decadent chocolate bars and truffles to learn about the process of chocolate making on the estate. Buy chocolates to take home onsite or order delicious boxes of truffles and bars online at hotelchocolat.com.

2. Maison Cailler, Broc-Gruyère, Switzerland

 Maison Cailler, Broc-Gruyère, Switzerland
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For those who want to taste local culture through chocolate, Maison Cailler steers clear of using the common ingredient of powdered milk in his product and instead opts for fresh cows’ milk. One of the founders of milk chocolate, this chocolate factory and shop creates timeless chocolate products. A tour of this Swiss countryside space allows you to learn about the operation, and even offers the chance to create your own creamy milk chocolate truffles.

3. Big Island Candies, Hilo, Hawaii

Big Island Candies, Hilo, Hawaii
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This candy factory tour is perfect for those with a sweet tooth as well as adventurous travelers. From Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:45pm visitors can watch workers craft delicious chocolates and hand-dip macadamia nuts through large translucent windows. While thrill seekers will want to try the the dried cuttlefish dipped in chocolate, chocolate with potato chip and macadamia nuts, or the chocolate-covered dried plum seeds, others who simply want something delicious can enjoy free samples of chocolate, truffles, cookies and local Kona coffee. Best of all, the experience is free.

4. Valor Chocolate Factory, Villajoyosa, Spain

Valor Chocolate
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Valor is Spain’s best selling chocolate brand as it’s produced from pure raw materials, and a tour of the factory is the perfect way to sample delicious local culture. Called the Valor Museum Tour, it takes place on weekdays every hour between 10am and 7pm (except between 2pm and 4pm during Spanish siesta) and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Simply show up at the gate a few minutes before the tour to be able to take part in this free experience. You’ll explore the pristine factory and grounds, see historical and informational exhibits in the chocolate museum, and stand on a platform for aerial views of the working chocolate factory to see the process firsthand. The best part of the tour is at the end where you head to the shop to sample an array of decadent treats. Their dark chocolate with toffee, milk chocolate with wafers and dark chocolate with hazelnuts are especially delicious. Moreover, you can’t tell the difference between their sugar-free and regular chocolates. For more on chocolate in Spain, check out our A Cornucopia of Chocolate in Spain.

5. Haigh’s Chocolate, Adelaide, Australia

Haigh’s Chocolate, Adelaide, Australia
Photo: Amanda Slater / Flickr

Haigh’s is by far the most popular chocolate brand in Australia, especially in South Australia and Adelaide. It’s the oldest family-owned chocolatier in the country, creating high-quality chocolate since 1915. At their factory in Adelaide, you’ll be able to see the chocolate-making process first hand, as well as sample their delectable truffles, tea and coffee at the end. Those traveling on a budget will be happy to know the experience is complimentary. Tours run Monday through Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (08) 8372 7070 or (08) 8372 7037 or emailing viscentre@haighs.com.au.

Do you have a favorite that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments below.


World’s Best Chocolate Factory Tours

  1. We have a small chocolate factory in Leyburn, North Yorkshire — nowt as big but utterly delicious and you walk round and see chocolates being made – all for free !

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