Three Sweet S.F. Chocolate Factory Tours

A world of pure imagination? Close enough.
As one of the food capitals of the country, San Francisco has a certain culinary image to uphold. And in addition to the great produce, bread, coffee, pickles, cheese, charcuterie, and so on produced in the city, we have some damn fine chocolate, and not one but three chocolate factory tours to explore. Go behind-the-scenes to learn about single-origin bars, confections, and more -- and even though none of the factories have a Wonkaesque chocolate waterfall, most of the tours do end in tastings so you can put what you just learned into delicious context.

See also: Dandelion Chocolate: Touring the Dogpatch Factory
Sampling TCHO's New Line of Confections
Charles Chocolates' Triumphant Return

Cost: Free
Location: Pier 17
The celebrated chocolatier has been producing some of the Bay Area's best since 2008. The hour-long tour takes you inside the Pier 17 factory and concludes with a guided tasting of their delectable chocolates. Public tours are held seven days a week at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations can be made here.

Dandelion Chocolate
Cost: Free
Location: 740 Valencia
The artisanal Mission shop offers tours of their facility every Wednesday-Friday. Savvy staff members will teach guests about their bean-to-bar process and guide them through a sampling of their single-origin bars. Tours are limited to five people, so reserve quickly.

Charles Chocolates
Cost: $10
Location: 535 Florida Street
After a two-year hiatus, candy maker Chuck Siegel is back with a (sweet) vengeance. His ten-month-old Mission shop holds guided tours Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. Visitors will get a firsthand glimpse of the production methods and learn how the confections are crafted. The tasty tour includes indulging in five different chocolates, as well as their celebrated hot chocolate. Grab a sweet spot here.

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