CHOCOLATE TOURS

I recently stopped by Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolates at 428 East Haley Street to buy a 20-pack which pretty much gives you one of everything they offer. I learned that the business offers 1-hour “chocolate tours” several times per week that includes learning about the process of making chocolate and a visit to their demonstration green house at the back of their factory to see what a cacao plant looks like, what a vanilla orchid looks like, plus a demonstration of hand pollination of cacao blossoms. You also receive a sampling of all of their products. I am told that owner Mike Orlando recently opened a green house in Goleta to grow cacao though it is not part of the tour. The Guided Chocolate Factory Tour costs $15 and the Wine and Chocolate Pairing and Factory Tour cost $60. You can make reservations online at twentyfourblackbirds.com.

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