Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is well known for their chocolate production. The cultivation, processing and exporting of raw cacao and other cocoa products is a large portion of their economy and they do it well!

Much of their chocolate makes it’s way to the US and Europe. When I was in Puerto Plata, I took the opportunity to eat fine Dominican chocolate and learn more about it. I visited Chocal, a small women’s cooperative, and Del Oro, a larger chocolate factory.

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The factory tour is free, but you’ll probably end up spending money while you are there. We were greeted warmly when we first arrived. We started off by sampling rich chocolate brownies and hot chocolate. Then we watched a short video about the history and process of chocolate production.

After that, we got to see what cacao looks like at different stages and we saw some of the large equipment that is used to produce their chocolate. The techniques they use to temper it, make for a firmer chocolate that won’t melt too fast on a hot day.

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Once our questions were answered, our guide escorted us to the gift shop. There is a glass sided, enclosed room filled with chocolate bars. The aroma was the most wonderful thing! It was magical to be completely surrounded by the smell of chocolate.

Del Oro produces chocolate bars (white, milk, dark milk, and darks in a variety of percentages) and chocolate candy. They also have hot chocolate mix, brownie mix, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Their Pirates Booty brand chocolate bars include a touch of Dominican rum.

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The gift shop also has a good selection of other Dominican products – bath and body products, vanilla, rum, sauces, jewelry, beverages and other ‘touristy’ items. I ended up purchasing chocolate bars, hot cocoa and cocoa powder. The quality is noticeably better than the typical US grocery store cocoa. It’s fresh and full of flavor.

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

There is a shady seating area just outside, where you can relax with a cold drink and fresh baked brownie.

Prices are good and clearly listed in US Dollars. Credit cards are accepted. I do attempt to practice my Spanish when I’m traveling, but the friendly staff spoke English.

I enjoyed the tour and shopping. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Del Oro factory and the Chocal women’s cooperative. Both produce delicious cacao products, but they are different. I’m glad I purchased both brands.

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Del Oro
Fine Dominican Chocolate
Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic

Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

16 comments for “Del Oro Chocolate Factory Tour – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  1. mrsshukra
    May 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Love organic chocolates!

  2. Marcia
    May 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    WOW I would really like to go.

  3. krystel
    May 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love how you actually see how they make chocolate and that its all natural

  4. shannon R
    May 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Sounds yummy, want to try them

  5. vickie couturier
    May 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Ill bet the smells were awesome,i can just imagine all that chocolate cooking

  6. Jen
    May 23, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love it when there is something fun and educational on a vacation!

  7. ger
    May 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Sounds like my kind of tour!

  8. Mary Mac
    May 24, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Being able to visit,learn about the history and making chocolate is something that I would enjoy immensely.

  9. Mia
    May 24, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I would like to try their chocolate. Sounds delicious.

  10. Rebecca Rodriguez
    May 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I’m a chocoholic!

  11. ANN*H
    May 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Its nice that this tour is free. I think the building is cute with the blue shirt design. I would like to try their lip balm. thanks

  12. November 11, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Any place that produces good chocolate is where I wanna be!

  13. Jeffery Burton
    January 5, 2017 at 8:09 am

    How can I order some chocolate?

  14. Valerie Mitchell
    January 5, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jeff –
    Not sure how to order from the US. Perhaps, a trip to the Dominican Republic would be a good idea! ;)

  15. Brandi
    February 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We toured as part of an excursion while on a cruise a week ago. Now I’m home, wish I would’ve bought more chocolate and skincare. I’m really wishing they had a website so I could order more! Absolutely LOVE the lip balm, it works wonders!

  16. Valerie Mitchell
    February 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Brandi – I hear you! Wish I would have bought more, too. :)

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