Since we live in a state with multiple Chocolate Factory Tours I thought it might be fun to share each one. Hopefully we will be able to visit a new one this year as part of our Botany curriculum! Eldest and Princess have visited Anthony Thomas Candy Company in Columbus and have sampled chocolates from Winans Chocolates and Coffees many times. Unfortunately Ester Price Candies in Dayton no longer gives tours but they are listed under the virtual tour section since they have a video about their chocolate production.
Physical Chocolate Factory Tours
I have researched which companies allow you to physically tour their factory or facility in case you live near one and want to visit!
Anthony Thomas Candy Company (Columbus, Ohio)
Tour Times: September-May, Tues & Thurs, 9am to 3pm. June-August, Tues, Weds & Thurs, 9am to 3pm
Groups of 10 or more are able to schedule an appointment.
Fee: Children under 2 are free. Ages 3 to 18 are $1.00 per person. Ages 19 and over are $2.00 per person. Admission fee may be used towards a purchase.
You can learn more about the history of the Anthony Thomas Candy Company on their website.
Harry London/Fannie May Chocolate Factory (Canton, Ohio)
Tour Times: Mon – Thurs. from 10 am – 4 pm Groups of 20 or more are required to make a reservation. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
You can learn more about the history of Harry London and Fannie May.
Winans Chocolates and Coffees (Piqua, Ohio)
You can take a peek at the chocolate candy operation through viewing windows at their main Piqua store location or schedule a tour for behind the scenes and taste testing.
Tour Times: Tours are held on Thursdays at 1 pm, ~60 minutes. Other tours available by request on Wednesdays and Thursdays for groups of 12 or more.
Fee: Viewing Windows Free, Behind the Scenes Tour $5, Deluxe Tour with coffee and chocolates $10
Read about our Tour of Winans Chocolates and Coffees.
Virtual Chocolate Factory Tours
A few smaller chocolate companies do not offer factory tours at this time but have created virtual tours that you can watch which I have included below.
Aglamesis Bro’s Ice Cream and Candy located in Cincinnati has been around for over 100 years starting out with ice cream and then adding candy. You can read about their companies unique history on their website page called History of Aglamesis Brothers.
Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory located in Lebanon offers a video on a tv in their sales room but it’s not view able online at this time. They have a few short videos on their facebook page. Read the history of Ester Price on their website.
Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland also operates a few ice cream parlors as well. You can learn more about Malley’s Chocolates with a virtual tour.
Maverick Chocolate Co. located Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati was featured in the Cincy Weekend and here’s the resulting video produced by Cincy Weekend. You can also take a virtual tour of Maverick Chocolate Co. on their website.
Make sure you check out our Chocolate Books for Kids post to read more about chocolate!