Last week I was invited on a Chocolate Factory Tour for the first and only bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Southern California!! There will be a public grand opening this coming Friday, November 21st & Saturday, November 22nd! Read on for the exciting details! The chocolate company is called ChocXO and you will definitely be pleasantly surprised with this place if you are a chocolate lover like I am!
ChocXO (pronounced: choc-zo) sources the cacao beans rated in the top 5% of beans in the world and applies expert processing techniques in their lab in Irvine to create delicious and extraordinary chocolate! The whole process originates with the usage of the best USDA-certified genetically pure beans that come from farmers ChocXO personally knows in Central and South America.
ChocXO was created by Richard Foley, a third-generation chocolate expert with 30 years of experience in the industry. Richard Foley is the founder and CEO of ChocXO Bean to Bar Chocolatier! The new ChocXO factory is capable of producing one ton of world-class chocolate per day!
ChocXO Chocolatier Factory will be offering 45 minute behind the scenes factory tours to learn about the chocolate-making process starting with raw cacao beans and ending with bars of smooth, top-quality chocolate. You’ll see what happens once the cacao beans reach the ChocXO Chocolate Lab in Irvine including how they are made into chocolate using a state-of-the-art process and the industry’s leading and most technologically advanced chocolate processing equipment. Participants will sample cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor, and, of course, the finished product of chocolate bars, filled chocolates and chocolate bark on these tours as well!
Prices for tours will be as follows:
- $20 for individuals ages 10 & up
- $17 each for groups of four or more.
- This also includes a 10% off merchandise discount.
- Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday!
You can also win a FREE tour from me here in my article. I will be giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets for Factory Tours at the brand new Irvine location!
To enter my contest, visit link here –> a Rafflecopter giveaway
When I visited ChocXO I had the opportunity to taste liquid chocolate shots straight from the spigot (I felt like I was Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), 🙂 all-natural truffles, chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate bark, cocoa nibs, and organic bars! I had a fabulous experience and cannot wait to go back! This truly was a unique experience and I felt like I was in the Willy Wonka movie. I have to admit I did get quite gitty in the chocolate factory production room as the smell that permeates the air makes you feel quite happy! See my pictures throughout this article as evidence! 🙂
In addition to the CHOCXO Chocolate factory in Irvine, there are also 2 Café locations in Lake Forest and Costa Mesa that serve amazing coffees and treats! See hours and locations for stores below:
|Lake Forest Cafe
20025 Lake Forest Dr #101
Lake Forest, CA 92630
|Costa Mesa Cafe
1534 Adams Ave #A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
|Irvine Chocolate Factory
9461 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Mon to Fri: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mon to Fri: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tues to Sat: 10 am – 7 pm
The public grand opening celebration for the ChocXO Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory will take place Nov. 21 and 22. Details for the grand opening parties are below!
|FRIDAY, NOV. 21 – 5PM TO 7PMChocolate Happy Hour||SATURDAY, NOV. 22 10AM TO 6PM|
|Learn about the chocolate-making process at ChocXO by taking a free guided tour in the retail showroom every 30 minutes (5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm) and enjoy tastings and samples along the way!||Dress up as an Oompa Loompa (green hair/orange face) and receive FREE CHOCOLATE FOR A YEAR!!|
|Also, enjoy free hot chocolate, liquid chocolate shots, and chocolate samples||Post a picture of yourself on your Facebook or Instagram and tag ChocXO, and receive a free chocolate covered Oreo!|
|25 “Golden Tickets” will be hidden inside the 40g bars. Those who find the winning tickets inside bars they purchase will win a free Behind the Scenes Factory Tour for them and a guest (redeemable anytime in next 12 months; must call to schedule tour).|
|One Behind the Scenes Factory Tour will start at 10 a.m. ($20 ticket includes 10% merchandise discount after the tour; may be purchased online at www.chocxo.com; any remaining spots will be available for purchase on-site at 10 a.m.)|
|Free guided front-of-the-house tours will be offered at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Learn about our process and see all the factory action from behind the glass.|
|Free stuff! Chocolate covered Oreos for kids, hot chocolate and coffee, liquid chocolate shots|
I hope you get to check out the grand opening of ChocXO and do not forget to enter my contest for a chance to win a factory tour to learn all about how chocolate is made from bean to bar and a chance to sample the delicious chocolate delicacies! Enter my contest through Rafflecopter link above!
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