Fran's Chocolates. Credit: Naomi Tomky
Edible adventures with kids
Everybody eats all the time, but rarely do we get to know how our food is made. At local food producers around the Seattle area — chocolate factories, creameries and roasteries — various ingredients get melted, ground, mixed or mashed into some of our favorite foods. Watching the process is mesmerizing for children and adults alike, and the end product always tastes even better when you’ve seen what what goes into creating it.
Whether you’re looking to kill a few minutes watching dumplings get folded before lunch or you’re planning a day trip to a candy factory, we’ve got a few suggestions of places you can go for an edible adventure and all the fun of Willy Wonka without any of the Oompa Loompas taking you away. Some of these stops are formal tours, while others are places to press your face against the glass and inspect the macinery. And did we mention all the free samples?
Use the arrows above the image to find all the tours, viewing spots and tasty bites.