Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour

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Chocolate in the making. We visited the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory in Berkeley, California, and took a few pictures. This is a highly recommended trip; the tour is free, and you get to sample cacao beans from around the world, then walk through the factory - past the beautiful red roaster and the assembly line.

The factory is an old brick building in downtown Berkeley - it used to be a Heinz ketchup factory. You can smell the sweet chocolate from a block away.

You can sign up for a free tour at Scharffen Berger's tour website.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.