I had the pleasure of going on the Theo Chocolate Tour at Theo’s Factory in Seattle with my Mom and two sisters. We were downtown for a couple of days celebrating my mom’s birthday and my sister suggested we take the chocolatey tour. She had done it before with some of her girlfriends and thought it would be fun. She was right!
It’s always nice to do something a little less commercial and off the beaten path when it comes to exploring what a city has to offer. These types of tours are especially good if you have already seen the more touristy attractions and are looking for something interesting that you haven’t done before.
I’m a sucker for good design and Theo Chocolate Factory has that in spades. From the live edge wood benches and shelves to stained concrete floors. They even embellished the ceiling with leaves cut from thick waxy paper in different shades of green. The canopy transports you to the tropics where cacao trees grow!
Not a bad start.
My mesmerization of the decor was sweetly interrupted by bowls of chocolate samples being passed around while the tour guide gave the history of the Theobroma Cacao (chocolate) fruit tree. It’s greek translation literally means “food of the gods!”
I am no god, but this is my kind of food baby!
We went when the factory was partially shut down so we didn’t get the entire picture with the machines whirring and chocolatiers working away decorating delicacies. Even so, it was interesting – and yummy.
At the end of the tour you end up in the gift shop where you can purchase chocolate on your way out. Besides chocolates and caramels to share with David and the kids, I bought a couple of burlap sacks that held the cacao beans while they were in transport. I haven’t decided what I am going to do with them yet, but I love decorating with things gathered along the way that remind us of cool stuff we’ve done or places we’ve been – so I won’t let those go to waste.
The tour guide does a good job of walking you through the process from plant to package. They are clearly well trained in explaining Theo’s commitment to quality and sustainability because I went from knowing nothing about Theo Chocolates to feeling some loyalty to them.
If you are considering taking the Theo Chocolate Tour yourself and aren’t sure if its suited for your children, the company recommends kids be 7 or older. My sister brought her baby without incident. There were a few kids there who were younger than 7 and they did great. You have to make that call depending on your child’s activity level and ability to stay engaged. I don’t think I could take all three of our kids by myself at this point but it is a great date idea and would love to take one of my older kiddos if it was just the two of us.
Whether you live in the Emerald City or are just visiting, the Theo Chocolate Tour is definitely one to consider if you are looking for something fun to do that is out of the box. And if you are a Seattle native, it’s a perfect thing to add to your staycation itinerary!
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