Located at Pier 17 in San Francisco’s Embarcadero, TCHO (pronounced like the first syllable of the word ‘chocolate’) is a luxury chocolate maker with a passion for it’s product, the environment and the people who help make their goods. We went there for a free tour of their state-of-the-art chocolate factory. This tour is held twice daily at 10:30AM and 2PM, but limited space is available so make reservations ahead of time. Find out more about the tour here.
TCHO’s chocolate factory tour lasts a little longer than an hour with a good chunk of that time spent sampling the wide array of dark and milk chocolates that are made and packaged in-house. Guests on the tour learn through a presentation how chocolate is made and have a chance to see the ingredients in whole form — pods, chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. Once inside the factory, you’ll see how this rather small operation makes and packages these delicious chocolates. These chocolates are found in Whole Foods and specialty grocery stores, so look for them next time you visit Cost Plus or other similar store!
You don’t need me to tell you that chocolate tastes good, but there is a different side of chocolate that I never knew existed Everything from the smell and feel to the look of the treat is important. Did you know chocolate makes a sound? Yeah, it does.
Once you finish the tour, go to the bar and get a Tchoshot — it’s a concentrated blend of chocolate powder and water with a dash of sugar. Not only is it like drinking a melted chocolate bar (not as sweet, which was surprising!), but the antioxidants and properties in the chocolate act as a stimulant, somewhat like espresso. Great excuse for an afternoon fix as you walk around the Embarcadero.
Tcho New American Chocolate
Pier 17 — Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA