I’m a foodie with a big sweet tooth and an appreciation for all quality things sweet. Second to ice cream (see my article on Molly Moon’s Ice cream), for me, comes chocolate. Luckily, Seattle has some great local chocolatiers, and one of them, artisan organic and fair trade Theo Chocolate, is especially worth leaving downtown for.
Theo’s Chocolate Factory and store is situated in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood, right by the canal that opens to Lake Union further east. In fact, one of Fremont’s characteristics is the sweet chocolate and vanilla smells that often engulf the whole neighborhood when the factory does its chocolate sorcery.
The old industrial red brick building houses the factory and a very appealing retail store where you can find the brand’s signature bars (with generous sampling) as well as other treats, including hand-crafted, fresh filled chocolates, chocolate-covered marshmallows, and cute merchandise. You can also find Theo’s chocolate bars at quality retail stores like Wholefoods and PCC, but it really is worth making the trip to Fremont for those rare treats that they only sell at the store.
Theo also offers tours of their factory (great thing to do with kids) as well as night classes on e.g. how to make ganache truffles, bourbon and chocolate pairing, etc. (check out their web site for details). They will even give you a special discount if you show up in their store wearing a bike helmet – how’s that for caring about your community!