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Amano Chocolate Tour

Amano Chocolate Tour

Have you tried Amano Chocolate? If not, you are missing out. Amano makes the finest chocolate. They have received world wide recognition and guess what-their factory is in Orem, Utah, only 40 minutes from my house. So guess who got a special tour-ME! I went with my blogging bud, Becky, from Project Domestication. We had a fun filled day!

Amano chose to make their chocolate in Utah because of the high altitude and dry weather.  Amano is located at 4,441 feet (1,454 meters) above sea level — higher than many of the Swiss chocolate makers, this makes Amano one of the highest-altitude chocolate manufacturers in the world! Very cool!

I was expecting a “Willy Wonka” experience, but boy was I wrong. There were no Oompa Loompas-just four employees. Four employees make the world’s best chocolate-amazing! The factory is very small, I actually drove past it-I bet most people don’t even know the world’s finest chocolate is being made in such a little factory.

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Amano makes their chocolate slowly and in very small batches so they can concentrate on developing the finest flavors. They ship in cocoa beans from all over the world. They use “old school” equipment to produce the best quality. They do not use any flavorings,  nuts, fruits, etc., only a little vanilla. Their chocolate is good on it’s own.

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At the end of the tour we were able to sample some Amano chocolate. Amano is always coming up with new bars-based on where the cocoa beans come from. Every bar is different because the beans are always different. Devon, our wonderful tour guide, described their chocolate like this: It’s like eating an apple. Every time is different. Yes, it tastes like an apple, but every time there is a little something different-flavor, texture, sweetness, etc. I love that each bar is unique. Visit their website for a chocolate tasting guide.

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My favorite bar is the Jembrana, 70% Dark Chocolate Bar-the first single origin chocolate made with cocoa from Bali, Indonesia. Beautiful rich chocolate flavor with gentle flavor notes of honey and fig.

The Madagascar, 70% Dark Chocolate Bar was also really good-made from cocoa beans from the Sambirano Valley, Madagascar. Light chocolate flavor with intense flavor notes of citrus and raspberry.

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Photo from Amano Chocolate

Click here to view Amano’s entire line of chocolates.

I had a great time touring the factory, learning about the history of their chocolate and cocoa beans, seeing the vintage machines, and of course tasting the chocolate. I love that they really care about the quality of the chocolate and treat each batch and bean with tender care.

Craving chocolate now? Give Amano a try!

*Note-I did not receive any freebies or compensation for this post/tour.*

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34 Responses to “Amano Chocolate Tour”

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    Erica — January 22, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    YUM! I’ve never ever heard of this company. I like my chocolate without all the crazy add ins, so they sound like the company for me :) Very cool that you got to go on a tour, etc. Have a good weekend :)

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    Meghan — January 22, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    I’m amazed that you only saw 4 workers there! I love a company committed to quality over quantity – that’s very rare these days. I also like how their chocolate is very pure. What a neat tour!

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    bellini valli — January 22, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    I have heard of Amano and love their different chocolates.

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    megan — January 22, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    I had the prvilidge of tasting their chocolate and I have to say it is some of the best. I didnt realize they were in Utah. Lucky you! :)

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    kat — January 22, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    I’ve never heard of this brand but I love good chcololate

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 22, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    So that place is basically my mecca.

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    Nadia @ for the love of yum — January 22, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    It’s so cool you got to tour the factory, absolute bliss! Thanks for making us aware of this company, will definitely be checking them out :)

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    Pink Panda — January 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Oh, I’m so jealous. I want a chocolate factory tour :).

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    Rosa — January 22, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    That is so interesting! I’d love to visit one…

    cheers,

    Rosa

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    Patricia (Run Foodie Run) — January 22, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    Pretty cool! :) Would love to visit one day…maybe if I make a ski trip or something? This reminds me of the Scharffenberger factory when I used to go to school at UC Berkeley. It was a small factory but still pretty cool! :) Love your blog!

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    Double Dipped Life — January 22, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I’ve never heard of them either! Can you stop by to purchase the chocolate, or do you have to have it shipped? thanks!

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    Blond Duck — January 22, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    Ben would LOVE that! He loves going on tours.

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    Becky O. — January 22, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Maria, this was a really fun experience and I’m glad I got to share it with you! I’m with you…it was totally different inside than I thought it would be.

    I loved your recap! Oh and I made some chocolate using their 70% madagascar. Posted it today. :)

    Hope to see you soon! Thanks again!

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    Becky O. — January 22, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    and by making chocolate…i mean chocolate ice cream. I used the custard-based/french-style recipe from The Perfect Scoop!

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    Tiffany — January 22, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    I love Amano and am thrilled they are local! Sounds like fun!

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    Cristie — January 22, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    Loved the virtual tour. I’ve been meaning to get down there myself, so this was perfect! I love their chocolate and am so happy that I have a local market that sells their bars. Thanks for this post!

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    Barabara Bakes — January 22, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    The tour sounds fun, but the sampling sounds even better!

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    Reeni — January 22, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    How fun to go on the tour! I’m so surprised they only have four employees.

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    Emily — January 22, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    I’m jealous of your chocolate tour! This looks like so much fun. I’d love to try this chocolate someday.

    Hmm giveaway?? ;)

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    Kathleen — January 22, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    I wish I could go on a chocolate tour!

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    Esi — January 22, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    Looks like a fun tour!

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 22, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Thanks for including us on your tour of Amano. Sounds like such a great experience! Nothing like fine, artisan chocolate. I am not a wine drinker, but I love to sample fine chocolate in the way that people go wine tasting. Cheese too!
    Just left a comment on the post you wrote re: portion control over at Carrots N’ Cake. Very well stated!

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    Elizabeth - Cake or Death — January 22, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    Fun! I’m a big Amano fan (I even like their milks, and I usually hate milk chocolate) and am glad their company’s doing so well. Glad you got to see the factory!

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    Angie — January 23, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    I have never heard of this brand either, but what an amazing experience. I would love to tour a chocolate factory.

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    pigpigscorner — January 23, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    I’ve never heard of this brand, will have a look out for it!

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    Robert Ogden — January 23, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    This is fantastic, love all the detail!

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    The Food Hunter — January 23, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    Never heard of this chocolate but would love to try it.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 26, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    No Willy Wonka experience? Bummer! I love those little Oompa Loompas! I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of this type of chocolate but I’ll be on the lookout for it.

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    Deborah — January 31, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    They are super close to my house, yet I’ve never been there…

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    Tina Mayorca — August 9, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi! My name is Luisacristina (Tina, for short!) Mayorca and I am from Venezuela. I am currently visiting some friends here in Utah and I will stay 2 more months. I own a tiny-cozy chocolate factory in Caracas, and we are only 3 people enjoying a chocolate-diving life!!! My mother started it in 1990 and since she passed away 5 years ago, I have been dedicated to it in heart and soul… and learning alot, whenever I can, wherever I go… I had a chance to taste your chocolate around here and I really loved it, so I would also love to visit your factory… it’s never enough chocolate for me!!! Please let me know if this could be possible, I would be delighted… thank you very much in advance!!! Tina: a Venezuelan chocolate lover and producer.

    • Two Peas replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      I just visited Amano-I don’t work there. I am sure you could call and set up a tour! Have fun!

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