The Whetstone Chocolate Factory began as a humble, mom-and-pop ice cream parlor in 1966, but today their multiple Whetstone Chocolates locations prove the popularity of the brand. One of the most visited locations is in historic St. Augustine on St. George Street. The founders, Henry and Esther Whetstone, began working on their tasty recipes in their home kitchen. After creating a successful chocolate brand, Whetstones Chocolates and the Whetstone Chocolate Factory was born – right in St. Augustine!
Esther mastered the art of creating and testing fudge recipes, while Henry took pride in creating hand-carved molds for his whimsical chocolate gators and dolphins. By 1967, the Whetstone Chocolate Factory began selling 13 different fudge flavors. Later, daughter Virginia Whetstone entered the family business and is now the president of the company.
Now the Chocolate Factory Store welcomes chocolate lovers daily with their tempting tours. Each tour is led by a Whetstone chocolatier and includes tasty samples of dark, white and milk chocolate confections. While you’re there, purchase something delicious to take home, such as one of the boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, fudge or signature shells. Come see delightful chocolate rabbits, sumptuous truffles and chocolate-covered cocoa nibs.
Whetstone received a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. A recent review said, “Went on a tour expecting to sample a piece of chocolate at the end of a quick run through the factory not getting close to the products. Wrong! We sampled FIVE chocolates: milk, white, two different dark and one artisan chocolate (orange). The tour was very informative and the host/tour guide was fabulous!”
Tour times are Sunday through Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tour times on Saturday are at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 904-825-1700 to book a group tour. The factory is located at 139 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
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