Whetstone Chocolate FactoryCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- Address: 139 King Street St. Augustine, Florida 32084, St Augustine, United States
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9042170275
- Ticket Price: 8 USD
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Factory
Whetstone Chocolate Factory - Review
Dozens of yellow green pods hung from the trunk and stem of the tree. The guide picked one of the palm sized fruit, and exposed chunks of the fibrous white pulp inside with his knife. This was the fruit of the cacao tree, with a mild taste, subtle, and bittersweet. Once the dark purple coloured seeds are dried and processed, they become chocolate beans. For the true chocoholic just the thought of that wonderful soft sweetness melting into the mouth is alluring, so visit the Whetstone Chocolate factory for sheer pleasure of witnessing how chocolate is made.
The sweet-smelling fragrances that come from Whetstone Chocolate's several stores and St Augustine Chocolate Factory beckon you to come inside and discover a chocolate paradise. In 1966, Whetstone Chocolate began as a small store selling ice cream and chocolates. Soon it grew into a large-scale operation with three stores in St. Augustine and a remarkable St Augustine Chocolate Factory open for tours.
Now the family became retailers of chocolates as well. The factory was previously located on Cordova Street and in 1984 they branched out into a 10,000 square foot factory. People from all over the United States come to the Whetstone Chocolate Factory, not only for their numerous varieties of fudge, ice cream, and sugar free varieties but what charms the audience are the chocolate dolphins and gators as well as delicious St. Augustine truffles.
The tour is twofold. The first step is to educate you on how chocolate is made, the growth, harvest and production of cocoa seeds. Second is to educate your palates to the delicate varieties of chocolate which define artisan chocolate. Taste freshly made chocolates and confections while you walk through the Whetstone Chocolate factory. The tour guides are informative, funny and tuned with the participants. They deliver information while keeping both kids and adults involved.
Whetstone Chocolate Factory Information
- Tours are limited to 25 people so reservations are suggested.
- Before the start of the tour, you have to ear hair nets.
- There is an introductory video.
- The sound of the chocolate making machine is loud, so be prepared.
- They are very generous with how many pieces you could have from the sample tray.
Whetstone Chocolate Factory Ticket Prices
- For Adult: $ 8
- For Child: $ 5.50
- Each adult ticket includes a $2 coupon towards purchase.
- Group rates and times of 15 or more are available.
Whetstone Chocolate Factory Hours
- Monday to Friday 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm.
- Saturdays 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm.
- Sundays 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:30 pm.
Restaurants Near Whetstone Chocolate Factory
- Carmelo’s Marketplace: Pizza
- Barnacle Bill’s – Central Office: Seafood
- Georgie’s Diner: Diner
- Flavors Eatery: Lunch
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Whetstone Chocolate Factory, St Augustine Reviews
One of the best kinds of chocolate I've tried. The tour was awesome with examples of how they make their chocolate and even free samples of their chocolate. Each day on a tour they give out a new different type of chocolate which I thought was pretty neat. There is free parking next to the building but get your chocolate when you leave if you plan to buy some in the shop because it can get hot if you're going during summer time.
We had been on the tour before when it was at the larger factory and it has completely changed now. There is a focus on small batch artisan chocolate now instead of mass produced. Our tour guide was entertaining and informative. The samples were delicious. I would recommend it to anyone interested in chocolate or the inner workings of its production.
The tour is actually super interesting! They teach you how all different types of chocolate are made and where it comes from all the way from the farm to factory. They give you a bunch of samples. Our guide was really awesome and funny. I can't remember his name but he was an older gentleman.
I did the tour. It was fun. The cost was 8 dollars The tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. The only issue was that they were making chocolate that used a very loud machine so in the factory we couldn't hear anything from the guide. If they shut it down for a few moments while the tour was going through it would have been better. But the chocolate was amazing.
The employees are extremely kind, and the chocolate is amazing. Although I did not take any tours, I did enjoy a cup of ice cream and a few chocolates. If you are wondering about what you'd like, I have a few suggestions. The Dark chocolate as well as the Chocolate Covered Apricots are delicious. If none of those sound good to you, try some of the chocolate shells! As for the ice cream, Pineapple Basil is by far the best flavor. I highly suggest it. I could live off of that stuff easily. But that's just my take on things! Experiment a bit! There's so many varieties of flavors and shapes, it's amazing. I didn't have any run-ins with a rude employee. It was raining at the time and one even helped me bring the ice cream back to my car with an umbrella. Thanks for the great time, Whetstone!