The Taza Chocolate Factory (561 Windsor Street, Somerville MA) in Somerville, Massachusetts crafts stone ground chocolate and provides one of the best Weekendtrip ideas around.
A modern-day Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Taza founder Alex Whitmore got his first taste of his new business model when he tried stone ground chocolate while traveling in Mexico and liked it so much, he decided to create his own chocolate factory. Picking up hands-on training, Whitmore learned how to carve the granite millstones that are used to grind cacao into organic dark chocolate.
The factory offers tours for interested parties to see how chocolate is produced. The tours are available on weekends and reservations must be made in advance. Tours cost $5 per person (with no charge for children under the age of three, noting that the tour is recommended for kids aged 10 and over). Payment is required at the time of the reservation.
More information is available at Taza Chocolate.