It may seem crazy to come back from Belgium and tour a chocolate company in Florida, but that’s exactly what I did. You’d think I’d be setting myself up for disappointment, but to my delight, Whetstone’s chocolates were delicious.
Whetstone’s was founded in 1967 in St. Augustine, Florida — a place I associate more with oranges and grapefruit than chocolate. This family-owned artisan chocolate company shares their history and a tasting during their short factory tour.
First we donned hairnets, then entered the factory showroom where we were treated to a 4-tiered tasting of Whetstone’s dark chocolates, milk chocolate and white chocolate. I’m partial to dark chocolate myself, and loved the two cocoa-rich flavors I tasted. Menendez was my favorite.
Then we walked into the factory and watched chocolates being handmade and wrapped. It reminded me of Lucy and Ethel’s day working at a chocolate company on I Love Lucy. I guess it was supposed to, because that’s how the tour ended: with a photo op alongside Lucy.
I can’t say Whetstone’s compares to the Belgian chocolates I’d feasted on the week before we went to Florida, but it was much better than most of the chocolate I usually taste at home. And frankly, any tour that includes tasting chocolates has to be good!
What’s your favorite chocolate brand?