Theo Chocolate Factory

• 05 January 2012


I recently toured the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the US, (which happens to be five minutes from our rental here in Seattle!), because let's face it, how could I not when it's so close by and so delicious?  Jenny organized the tour over at Theo and all we had to do was show up, pay $6 and don a silly-looking hair net.  I had to chuckle at the room full of grown adults wearing hair nets with street clothes--we were definitely a sight.   

Theo Chocolate bars are a bit spendy, like all good chocolate, and even though I want to bite into every tantalizing bar they make when I spot them at the market, it's simply not easy on the wallet.  So having the chance to sample every type of chocolate before purchasing is really useful...and scrumptious.  The tour lasts for just the right amount of time (1 hour), leaving a few minutes to browse the retail shop for everything chocolate-related (including coconut chocolate chapstick...tempting).  If you are a Seattle local and haven't taken a moment to pop over to Theo, you must do it soon!  Read more details about tours here.

While you're in Fremont, why not make a date night out of it and head to Chiso nearby for amazing sushi and exotic, house made lemonades (lychee is a favorite).  It's one of our favorite date night restaurants and we've always loved everything we ordered there...miso, rolls, even non-sushi offerings too.  The few blocks between Theo and Chiso will create an "opportunity" for you to work up your appetite and browse the interesting shops along the way.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!



image 1 - Seeds of Fruit via Theo Chocolate  /  images 2-4  - Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo 

10 comments:

Emily said...

This has been on my to-do list for a long time!!!!! I can't wait to go! I love their chocolates but I agree with the $$ - gotta ration my portions of expensive chocolate. :) Happy Friday!

Lisette said...

I loved the Theo Chocolate tour; informative, but short enough to keep you interested. Also, they give you enough samples that you feel like you ate a couple chocolate bars.

kathy said...

I love the photo of the bright green and gray. Even the copper tubing!

Stephanie said...

Emily, you should definitely give it a go! I felt like I ate $6 worth of chocolate :)

Lisette, I am not surprised you've already been!

Kathy, I love how attractive a space it is too. That was a fun surprise.

Hannah Q. Parris said...

I have a friend who worked there designing new flavors...such good chocolate!

Melanie said...

Soooo…which ones were your favorites? I love the spicy chile (it's in my fridge, I think), but I'd love to know which others you think I should plunk the money down for. So fun that it's so close to you!

katie//salt+pine said...

Fun! Thanks for the tip! I'm definitely putting this on the to-do list. I'll take my pregnant sister who is craving chocolate these days... :)

jen byard said...

SO jealous you live near Fremont! I'll have to take this tour next time I'm in Seattle. Thanks for the tip!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I can't wait to try this!

April K. said...

Stephanie, if you are ever back in the Boston area you should check out Taza:

http://www.tazachocolate.com/

since you loved Theo so much I'm sure you will appreciate Taza's tour, samples, and philosophies. I live near their shop and have done the tour 2x with out of town guests and it is always a hit.

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