"Chocolate Factory" Berkeley Things to Do Tip by denvillegirl
Berkeley Things to Do: 49 reviews and 106 photos
In the industrial area, located at 914 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley, California, we found the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory. The informative tour begins with an interactive lecture by a very knowledgeable spokesperson who utilizes maps, photos, and props to demonstrate where the cacao bean is grown, how it is harvested, selected, and turned into chocolate. Included are tastings of the various types of candy which Scharffen Berger turns out -- all very dark and very rich. After the introduction, we were led onto the factory floor and were able to observe the various machines used in the production of the chocolates. Then we headed for the packing room and observed the finished products (and more tastings!). The factory also houses a retail sales store and a restaurant. We ate a tasty lunch including a "bowl" of mocha coffee.
The tour is free; however, reservations are suggested. They have a website www.scharffenbergertour.com with more information.
Address: 914 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Directions: In industrial area of Berkeley, Ashby exit off Interstate 80
Phone: (510) 981-4066
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