The Bay Area’s culinary scene is rich in great food and restaurants, but did you know that it also boasts numerous factories that produce some of the best sweets in the West? For Valentine’s Day, why not bring your sweetheart (or your child or your BFF) to tour these local production facilities?
Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco’s Mission district is a true food destination. You can even taste cacao as it goes through the process of bean to chocolate bar. Dandelion Chocolate offers tours Wednesday-Saturday, 6:15-6:50pm, but be sure to book your tour ahead of time online as they can fill up quickly. Tours cost $5/person, and includes a hot chocolate gift card.
740 Valencia St (at 18th) San Francisco, CA 94110
From Sour Apple to Berry Blue to the popular Buttered Popcorn, see how all your favorite Jelly Belly flavors are made at the Jelly Belly Factory. Located in Fairfield, enjoy the factory’s free forty-minute guided walking tour showcasing their 150 different sweet treats. Tours are offered Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., departing every 10–15 minutes with typical wait times of 15 minutes, but be sure to plan your trip and check ahead for dates on their events calendar.
1 Jelly Belly Lane Fairfield, Ca
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Ever wonder how a fortune gets inside a fortune cookie? This small factory has been churning out fortune cookies since 1962. Enjoy the sweet smell of freshly-baked fortune cookies as cookies are pressed and molded before your eyes.
56 Ross Alley San Francisco, Ca 415-781-3956
Union City Krispy Kreme
A sort of “pint-sized” factory tour experience, combine this visit with the purchase of a dozen donuts. Whenever the HOT light is on, the assembly line revs up and loops of dough are dropped into hot oil, then passed along a conveyor of sweet glaze. A staff member then uses chopsticks to put it directly in your box.
32450 Dyer St. Union City, CA