Rebekah Tozer for Videri Chocolate Company
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Videri Chocolate Factory is a bean-to-bar shop in downtown Raleigh, N.C., anchoring the warehouse district and creating rich, dark, handmade confections.
    Rebekah Tozer for Videri Chocolate Company
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Young visitors will enjoy seeing the process of chocolate making at Videri Chocolate Factory, where visitors can give themselves a self-guided tour. Watch owner Sam Ratto as he creates his next unique batch. Then enjoy a Stumptown coffee drink in the outdoor patio.
    Rebekah Tozer for Videri Chocolate Company
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Guided tours of the Theo Chocolate Factory in Seattle, Wash., are offered daily and cost $7 per person. Visitors learn about the transformation of the cacao fruit into chocolate and enjoy tasting some of the wares.
    Theo Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    A river of chocolate flows temptingly down a piece of equipment at Theo in Seattle, Wash., not unlike a scene out of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
    Theo Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Various holding tanks on the floor of the Theo Chocolate Factory in Seattle are used in sorting and roasting beans, then milling and conching the nibs.
    Theo Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Employee Stephanie Ault takes chocolate bars out of molds at Mast Brothers Chocolate's factory in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 8, 2010. The company runs as a bean-to-bar chocolate making facility, overseeing everything from importing and roasting cacao beans to making the finished product.
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  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Employee Conor Hagen mixes cane sugar with cacao nibs in a stone grinder at Mast Brothers Chocolate's factory in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 8, 2010.
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  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    At Dandelion Chocolate Factory in San Francisco, Calif., chocolate makers roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of chocolate in full view of visitors at the cafe in front.
    Molly DeCoudreaux for Dandelion Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Visitors can enjoy free hourly guided tours and enjoy samples at the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory in Burlington, Vt. Here, employee Emily Jones decorates chocolate hearts on Feb. 1, 2011.
    Toby Talbot/AP Photo
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    For $5, customers can tour the Taza Chocolate Factory Store in Somerville, Mass., and learn how to make stone-ground, Mexican-style dark chocolate.
    Michael Piazza Photography for Taza Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Taza Chocolate founder Alex Whitmore checks the roast on cacao beans.
    Michael Piazza Photography for Taza Chocolate
  • Sweet! 6 Superlative Small-Batch Chocolate Factories

    Visitors as young as 4 years old have stopped by to learn about making chocolate at the Taza Chocolate Factory Store in Somerville, Mass., where hair nets and beard nets are de rigueur.
    Michael Piazza Photography for Taza Chocolate
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