A trip to a real working chocolate factory may sound like the stuff of movies and daydreams, but those chocolaty dreams will come alive for you and your family just a short drive away from Santo Domingo. Satisfy your sweet tooth and discover the rich history of Dominican chocolate making with a day trip to the best chocolate farm and factory in the Dominican Republic.
After a scenic drive through lush countryside, you arrive at the Hacienda La Esmerelda where you’re greeted with a steaming cup of freshly made Dominican hot chocolate. Its rich, creamy flavor lingers in your mouth as your guide leads you on a tour of the farm. You learn all about how cacao beans are grown, harvested, and processed and take a bumpy truck ride through the stands filled with drying beans. The kids love smashing the toasted cacao beans in the giant mortar bowls, and you all have fun getting your hands a little dirty as you get to sow your own seeds that will eventually grow into cacao plants.
Next, you follow the mouthwatering aromas to the chocolate factory, where you see firsthand how those beans are turned into some of the best chocolate in the country. You’re barely able to contain yourself from eating everything in sight, as the chocolatiers demonstrate how the delicate truffles are made by hand. The kids’ eyes light up as they are invited to pour fresh melted chocolate into molds to create their very own chocolate bars to take home.
All that farm work and chocolate making leaves you famished and ready for lunch. Take a seat on the covered patio and enjoy the view of the cacao trees swaying gently in the breeze while you are served a traditional Dominican lunch. Once your bellies are filled, you’re treated to a lively performance of Dominican music accompanied by twirling dancers. Don’t forget to hit the chocolate-filled boutique before you leave. It will take every ounce of willpower you have to resist eating it all on the ride back to your hotel.