Experiences

Tours & Events

personalized classes, tours, and experiences, guided by our chocolate education team
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Tours & Events

Chocolate experiences, classes, and personalized tours, led by our expert team

Factory Tours

Tours

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1 Hr. Durations

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Beginner

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Guided Walk

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Tasting

Walk through our historic brick 16th Street factory with an expert Chocolate Educator: View our entire production line, and enjoy plenty of samples, from fresh cacao pulp to finished chocolate. Weekdays until 2 p.m., you're likely to see our Chocolate Makers in action, and catch the aroma of freshly roasting cocoa beans. On weekends, we have the factory to ourselves; we'll dive deeper into chocolate history, as well as our own sourcing and production processes. Both tour versions include lots of chocolate tasting.

Location

16th Street Factory

Starting At

$20 / Person

Days Offered

Daily

available upon request

GIFTS, DRINKS, PASTRIES, TASTINGS, SITE RENTAL

Classes & Events

curated ingredients, tools, and recipes: the best kind of structured creativity

Tea and Chocolate

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1.5 Hours

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Tasting

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Starting At

$115 / Person

Days Offered

7 PM, Tuesday, February 13

We worked with Bay Area tea expert Jody Beavers from Tap Twice Tea to curate this guided exploration of tea and single-origin dark chocolate. Taste through three distinct pairings as we briefly discuss production processes and flavor development. As a finale, Chef Stephen Durfee will prepare a special dessert to be enjoyed with your last pairing of tea.

This experience includes:
- Guided tasting flight of three tea-and-chocolate pairings;
- Chocolate dessert;
- A chocolate drink from our café;
- A gift to take home.

Bubbly and gifts are offered for an additional cost.

Making Dessert with Dandelion Chocolate

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1.5-2 Hours

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All Levels

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Pastry

Starting At

$100 / Person

Days Offered

7pm, February 16; 1pm & 5pm, February 17

Join us for a delightful evening led by Pastry Chef Stephen Durfee. Learn his new techniques for crafting a decadent and delicious cake, using Dandelion chocolate. Engage in a hands-on activity with your loved ones as we guide you through each step of assembling and decorating your cake (using pre-baked components), while hearing Stephen’s expert tips on pastry making and decorating. This class is meant for beginners and beyond, and is a lovely way to share something delicious with a loved one!

Date Night: Valentine’s Day Experience

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1.5 Hours

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Beginner

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Demonstration

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Pastry

Starting At

$115 / Person

Days Offered

1 pm, February 11; 7 pm, February 14

This experience is just as delicious as it is intimate: a perfectly indulgent evening of dessert, chocolate, and good conversation. First, join us as we demonstrate the making of churros from scratch (accompanied by served hot chocolate). Next, we’ll welcome you back through our factory, into our Experience space, where you’ll mold and decorate your very own chocolate bar to take home. Bubbly and gifts are offered for an additional cost.

Chocolate & Whiskey Pairing

CHOCOLATE & WHISKEY PAIRING

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1-2 Hours

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Tasting

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Educational

Starting At

$125 / Person

Days Offered

7 pm, Friday, March 15

Hosted at our 16th Street location, this 90 minute experience is the perfect introduction to tasting and pairing craft chocolate with Irish Whiskey. We will taste through three origins of chocolate and four types of whiskey while learning a brief history of both. You will receive three chocolate bars as part of the class to take home and enjoy.
Must be 21 years or older to attend this experience. We will verify age upon arrival.

Chocolate Tasting

CHOCOLATE TASTING

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1 Hour

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Beginner

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Educational

Starting At

$55 / Person

Days Offered

4 PM SATURDAYS

Taste your way through a flight of five distinctive chocolate bars, featuring a range of the flavor notes — from fudgy to fruity — that may be found in chocolate made of well-fermented cocoa beans. Expand and refine your palate as you learn specialized techniques and specific vocabulary to identify tasting notes in chocolate. You'll depart with knowledge that will enliven any future chocolate adventure.

Truffle Making

Truffle Making

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1.5 Hours

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Beginner

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Starting At

$100 / Person

Days Offered

6 pm fridayS

Our truffle-making class is a fun, interactive activity to enjoy with family, friends, or teammates. Learn the process of blending creamy ganache using our two-ingredient chocolate, then hand-roll your ganache into truffles. We supply all necessary materials (including truffle toppings) to make a generous truffle batch — simply arrive ready to plunge your hands in chocolate.

Date Night with Dandelion

DATE NIGHT WITH DANDELION

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1.5 Hours

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Beginner

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Demonstration

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Bubbly

Starting At

$50 / Person

Days Offered

6 pm thursdayS

Join Chocolate Curriculum Director Chef Stephen Durfee for a live dessert demonstration in Bloom, our intimate chocolate salon inside our 16th Street factory. Stephen prepares a new chocolate dessert recipe each week, emphasizing classic pastry and chocolatier techniques, then shares the finished treats with you.

Chocolate 101: Introduction to Craft Chococlate

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1.5 Hours

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Starting At

$40 / Person

Days Offered

6 pm WednesdayS

This class is one of our favorites — interactive and engaging, with light, fun content. It is a perfect introduction to single-origin, two-ingredient craft chocolate. We explore many of the common ingredients used in craft chocolate bars, tasting each component individually, and learning about its' purpose. For a delicious finale, you will participate in a blind taste test of a variety of chocolate bars from other makers, and try to guess which ingredients are present.

CHOCOLATE MAKING

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3.5 Hours

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INTERMEDIATE

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Educational

Starting At

$160 / Person

Days Offered

11 AM SATURDAYS

Follow simple steps to craft your very own batch of single-origin, two-ingredient chocolate, using our cocoa nibs and organic sugar. Our Educators offer hands-on instruction, while explaining the science and mechanics behind exceptional chocolate making. You'll leave with an appreciation of the chocolate maker's art, along with your just-made chocolate to share with friends and family.

CHOCOLATE Tempering

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2.5 Hours

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Starting At

$125 / Person

Days Offered

On Specific Saturdays

In our Chocolate Making class, we learn about bean-to-bar chocolate production from dried cocoa beans to melted, refined chocolate. Our Tempering class teaches you what comes next — the process of tempering chocolate to create a smooth, shiny, delicious chocolate bar with a perfect, snappy crystal structure. Our Educators will guide you through the mechanics of tempering two-ingredient chocolate, and the process of foiling and wrapping a Dandelion chocolate bar.

In addition, you will prepare chocolate mendiants from tempered chocolate. You will leave class with 28 finished mediants, as well as three full-sized finished chocolate bars — hand-wrapped in gold foil and custom-patterned paper, with your own blank label.

DINING AT BLOOM

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Pastries

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Drinks

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Dining

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Alcohol

We’re excited to let you know that we are officially open with limited hours, Thursdays through Saturday (for now). Come visit us and enjoy exclusive menu items, such as chocolate-almond Babka French Toast; a freshly baked chocolate Soufflé topped with house-made cocoa-nib ice cream; and much more. Available for walk-ins or contact Guest Care to reserve for private parties.

Location

16th Street Factory

Hours

THURSDAY: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
friday: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

OFF-SITE EXPERIENCES

Our classes, tastings, and events may be tailored into private, off-site experiences at your request. Please contact us to design your special experience.  

VIRTUAL EVENTS

order your kit, then sign up for your online class

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To take part in our virtual classes, first purchase your class’s corresponding set in our web store.

Your class materials will be shipped to you, along with a URL to sign up (and a discount code to bring your registration fee down to $0)

Sign up for your class and choose a time that works for you. Enjoy!

Virtual Chocolate Tasting

VIRTUAL CHOCOLATE TASTING

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1 Hour

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Beginner

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Team Building

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Educational

Starting At

$75 / Person

Days Offered

5 pm, friday

You’ll receive a flight of five distinctive chocolate bars, featuring a range of the flavor notes — from fudgy to fruity — that may be found in chocolate made of well-fermented cocoa beans. With guidance from an expert Chocolate Educator, you’ll expand and refine your palate as you learn specialized techniques and specific vocabulary to identify tasting notes in chocolate. You'll gain knowledge that will enliven any future chocolate adventure.

Already ordered your kit?

REGISTER FOR CLASS

Please email events@dandelionchocolate.com with any questions.

Please email events@dandelionchocolate.com
with any questions.

Origin Trips

experience cacao farming and chocolate-making up-close and personal, while building relationships with other chocolate enthusiasts.

Dominican Republic trip

Zorzal Estate, Dominican Republic

Coming 2024

Travel to Reserva Zorzal, where you'll hike to and spend the night on a cacao farm and bird sanctuary. Dive deep into cacao farming, taste varieties of cacao fruit directly from trees, and learn about cacao genetics and fermentation.

Hawaii trip

Hawai'i

Coming 2024

Visit Hawaiian cacao farms and chocolate makers, sample cacao and tropical fruit at its place of origin, and experience local Hawaiian culture.

Request a Private Experience for Your Group

Most of our classes, tastings, and events may be made private for your group. Please submit the form below, telling us what sort of personalized experience you'd like to create, and we'll be in touch.