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A Delicious Day

September 9th, 2014

Yesterday was what you hear is typical for Seattle as far as the weather goes, though I have had nothing but great weather on all of my previous trips out here. We woke up to a gray, misty day that was cold, damp, and gloomy. No worries, as I had a tour of the Theo Chocolate factory waiting for such a day.
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We tasted a wide variety of chocolates along with cocoa beans from a few different regions. We walked through the factory and got to see and learn exactly how good chocolate is made. It was a great tour, the perfect thing to do on a rainy day!
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You can be we purchased a few goodies to eat and maybe a few to take home, if they make it through the week! I’m a big fan of dark chocolate and a few of those made it into my bag to enjoy throughout the week. I love that their chocolate doesn’t have soy lecithin it in as an emulsifier, only delicious cocoa butter!

Do you prefer light or dark chocolate?

17 Comments to “A Delicious Day”
  1. Lemongrass on September 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Yesterday I picked two cocoa pods from the garden. The beans were already growing in the pod. I will dry them, then add them to my smoothies. Some will be roasted to make cocoa tea. The simple way to enjoy the cocoa bean. I do like to suck on the fresh beans when am luck to find the very sweet ones.

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  2. Lee on September 9, 2014 at 7:47 am

    How fun! I toured the Taza factory recently which was also great.

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    • Susy on September 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      We are hoping to tour the Taza factory soon when we can get down to Boston. It’s our favorite chocolate.

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  3. Adelina on September 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    That is my favorite brand of chocolate! A couple of years ago I was shopping and needed a pick me up and all the shop had was this brand of chocolate. I get it once in a while and it lasts me for days.

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  4. Nebraska Dave on September 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Susy, I only met one girl in my life that didn’t like chocolate. I like and eat my share of chocolate but it’s really not a craving or must have item in the house. Light or dark chocolate? I’m really not a fan of the dark chocolate but I can enjoy it in small doses. Sounds like you are really having a good time oh so far away from Maine. It still amazes me that just a little more than 100 years ago it took two years to make the trip that you made in one day. Even driving would make the journey only about three or four days. In another hundred years from now, if humans still exist, what will travel look like?

    Have a great vacation day in Seattle.

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    • Susy on September 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Mr Chiots and I drove from Ohio to Seattle a few years ago and it took us four days of long driving, with a few National Parks thrown in for fun/sightseeing. It is a long trip. This is something Mr Chiots and I talk about when we take long driving vacations. We generally prefer to drive so we can see the landscape change and experience all the different parts of the country.

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  5. PennyAshevilleNC on September 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Both/All! What a cool trip you are having- and so glad you are feeling better… that fair is here in Western NC too…and we have 2+ goldfish to prove it.

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  6. Tonya on September 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

    My husband has always preferred dark chocolate and until about 5 years ago I couldn’t understand why. It just tasted bitter and nasty to me. Now I love it and milk chocolate seems too cloying and sweet. I’m not even sure how I made the change. But I do know that when I want a little something sweet, a small bite of dark chocolate with a walnut half makes a really delicious treat!

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  7. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on September 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    When you were in the Fremont District did you have a chance to see the Troll Under the Bridge or Waiting for the Interurban? These are also landmarks for that area.

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    • Susy on September 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      I didn’t see that, but we’re planning on heading back up there. I’ll look it up.

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  8. Misti on September 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I love Theo chocolate! Dark is even better. What a fun tour!

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  9. Kyle on September 9, 2014 at 11:20 am


    After our 90-degree weekend, let me tell you, we were all ready for cooler weather. I think almost everyone is ready for a return to our “normal” cool maritime climate.

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  10. B.Y.S. on September 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

    It was gorgeous weather in Seattle and Vashon Island when we were there in August 2014. I used to like just light chocolate but now I like dark chocolate.


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  11. Laura D on September 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Dark, for sure! Theo makes some of the best chocolate around.

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  12. Nadine on September 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Love Theo Chocolate!
    We are hoping to someday take a tour of their factory!

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  13. Kristen on September 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I like light! I am now looking forward to buying a Theo chocolate bar and tasting it. Thanks for the shared tour.

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  14. Becky on September 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’m so glad you did this tour! I took my mom when she was out visiting a couple years ago and I enjoyed it so much I keep meaning to go back. I just need someone else to visit me as an excuse to go. ;)

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