There is nothing quite as sweet as a candy factory tour, and Mrs. Cavanaugh’s is a family-owned, Utah original. The Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory tour has a fee of $5 per person, but when you pay, you are given a $4 voucher to spend in the chocolate shop after the tour. Our boys spent their vouchers on chocolates, ice cream, and other types of candy.
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory Tour is unique in that you can get a bird’s eye view of chocolate being made. Because of the way the factory is built, there is a large window overlooking the floor. We watched as workers in one area cooked and stirred the chocolate, others spread marshmallow mixture on a long table, and finished candy was packaged and wrapped in another area. It was really interesting to overlook this entire operation.
We also found out that Mrs. Cavanaugh’s chocolates are sometimes hand-dipped. The worker, Brenda, sat on the other side of the window, stirring the chocolate with her hands and then mixing it with nuts. She swiftly dropped it into mini-cupcake wrappers to dry. She even waved her chocolatey hand at us through the window. In fact, everyone in the factory is pretty interactive and friendly because they know they are on display all the time.
We learned about how chocolate is made from cacoa beans in a short video at the beginning of the tour. Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory tour is great for all ages, but they have definitely set up some fun activities for young kids. There are monkeys hidden throughout the factory to find. They also have some fun spots to take photos and a train display with a scavenger hunt. Our kids were in heaven when we got a few samples, too!
There are lots of treats to choose from at the end of the tour with your $4. They even have a special kids section with small bags that are only $1 or $2. Our boys were excited to use it on a scoop of ice cream. Mom and Dad settled on fancier chocolates.
Days have passed when you can actually walk out on a candy production line like in the Willy Wonka movie. This is because of health protocols. Still, Mrs. Cavanaugh’s is uniquely set up to give tours. Even toddlers and small children will do well with this interactive experience. We loved it!