What started out as a trip to do some banking business in Raleigh, ended in a heavenly-smelling chocolate factory. Videri Chocolate Factory is a cozy, fully operational, bean to bar chocolate factory located in the warehouse district of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Our Visit to Videri Chocolate Factory
Before our arrival, I was a expecting a large-scale, guided factory tour. However, Videri Chocolate Factory is more like a coffee shop with a small chocolate kitchen in the back. You can see the all the steps of Videri’s chocolate production in a short self-guided tour.
The tour only takes about 10 to 15 minutes, as you walk around the perimeter of the room reading informative signs. In the middle of the room sits the roaster, making the scent of chocolate fill the whole building. There are some small windows where you can watch factory workers make and pour chocolate into molds. (My kids were pretty disappointed that there weren’t any Oompa Loompas.)
On the front of each Videri chocolate bar, you can see which country the cacao beans used to make the chocolate came from. In addition to chocolate bars, Videri offers handmade seasonal bon bons and other confections, baking chocolate, and hot chocolate mix.
In the front of the building is the chocolate counter, full of chocolate bar displays and fancy bon bons. There is also a small coffee bar and a few small tables.
Videri’s Chocolate is High Quality
Videri’s chocolate is high quality and artisan crafted and it is reflected in the price. It was more expensive than I initially expected, compared to my gas station Snickers purchases in the past. Videri Chocolate Factory doesn’t use any preservatives in their chocolate. The best part is that ALL of their chocolate is allergy-friendly! Their website states:
“What’s so special about our bean-to-bar chocolate? We don’t use fillers such as soy lecithin, xanthan gum, emulsifiers or artificial flavorings; only the finest cocoa beans, cocoa butter, and organic cane sugar make it into our bars. All our ingredients are thoughtfully procured, using sustainable purchasing standards.
Videri’s facility is allergy friendly; our chocolates are free from all known tree nuts, and many common legumes, as well as soy, gluten, corn, and egg products. We also offer many vegan options.”
Videri specializes in dark chocolate. Since you won’t find any milk chocolate, I wouldn’t recommend buying much for your kids – mine spit out their bon bons almost as soon as they put them in their mouth.
Videri chocolate is really for the chocolate connoisseur with a palate for luscious dark chocolate. You can request free samples at the counter before making a purchase. We bought a small box of bon bons. They were packed with intense flavor, but I have to admit that they weren’t exactly what I was hoping for. I have a sweet tooth and the dark chocolate was just too bitter for me.
All the same, I’m glad that I tried it and glad that we stopped by Videri Chocolate Factory on our way home. (Marking items off of our Fort Bragg Bucket List always makes me happy!) It was an interesting ending to our otherwise boring day!