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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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95% of people who visit St Augustine include Whetstone Chocolate Factory in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
47.02% of people start their Whetstone Chocolate Factory visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Whetstone Chocolate Factory
83.23% of people prefer walking in order to reach Whetstone Chocolate Factory
This tour was really enjoyable. I think that was primarily due to our guide. He was entertaining while being very informative. We were able to sample many of the different types of chocolates made at the factory and then purchase some at the end. Their dark chocolate is the best I have ever had. I think even those who say dark chocolate is bitter would like it.
I am not a chocolate lover, but after doing the tour and seeing how whetstone makes there chocolate and tasting the difference between theirs and regular store bought, I will eat any chocolate that is from them. It is hand made daily and very fresh. Thank you Joe for and educational enlightenment on chocolate
A very fun and informative event. Our guide, Joe, was very funny. We learned a lot about how chocolate is made; the difference between artisan and commercial chocolate, and we tasted 5 different varieties. I recommend the tour for young and old. Squirmy kids probably would enjoy the pool more but the enticement of chocolate may do the trick. We had several grade school age kids in our tour and they were fantastic.
Tour was cheesy. Save your money. The chocolate wasn't anything exciting or good. We have had better. Kids under 10 seemed to be very bored with the tour. My kids love candy and they wouldn't eat any after the first piece. Here's your sign! All the employees were very nice and had smiles.
We had a very nice time on the Whetstone tour. They explain all about the company, and how chocolate is made. Best part, is you get plenty of samples of all different types of chocolates they sell. Plan on spending an hour to 90 minutes for the tour and browsing the shop.