A couple weekends ago I decided to take the Taza Chocolate Factory Tour again. Maybe it was because I had just rewatched Willie Wonka, but there's never a bad time to visit a chocolate factory right?
This local chocolate factory is unique in many ways. First-it's stone ground. This is a traditional way to make Mexican chocolate and results in a more rough bar than a Hershey-smooth. But it makes a MEAN hot chocolate and honestly tastes more REAL.
Second-all of their chocolate wheels are USDA Organic, Kosher, Dairy/Soy/Gluten Free.
Third-they are direct trade certified. They maintain direct relationships with the cacao producers and are committed to compensating them fairly, with respect to their rights. Cacao trading can get a little nasty if it isn't direct/fair certified, which is something I definitely take into account when buying a chocolate product.
Last but not least-it's delicious!! I love love love the salted almond and salt and pepper wheels. But there's not a "bad" bar. I'm not usually an orange-chocolate girl but found myself falling for theirs. They're cayenne and ginger bars are spicy-in two unique ways. And their nibs. Oh their chocolate covered nibs. Sure to cure any chocolate craving.
During the tour I sampled sampled sampled and learned A LOT about the process of harvesting and making chocolate. Truly fascinating!
In Boston? Go take tour! There are daily tours and they will give you plenty of tastes!
Taza Chocolate Factory Store
561 Windsor St
Somerville MA 02143