Address: No.20, Ci'en Street, Puli Township, Nantou Country 545, Taiwan (R.O.C) 545 南投县铺里镇慈恩街20号
Leaving Sun Moon Lake 日月潭, we set off for our last destination of the day - Cing Jing 清境. Along the way, we decided to stop by the Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 18 度 C 巧克力工房 for a short rest break.
Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 巧克力工房
Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory was initially started as an online venture in 2006 by Master Mao, who has a passion for chocolates. He firmly believed that chocolates are at its best condition when it is stored at 18 degree Celsius. Thus, it was named 18 degree Celsius. In order to maintain its quality, all chocolates from the factory are prepared, produced and shipped at 18 degree Celsius.
Each chocolate produced by the workshop is 100% handmade with imported ingredients and contained no artificial flavorings. Their dedication to deliver high quality chocolates was well-received by the public, who helped to spread words about their chocolates to many others. In 2007, Master Mao decided to take a gamble and open a brick-and-mortar store in a small town in Puli, where he hope to avoid expensive rentals in urban areas and invest in high quality ingredients to produce good chocolates.
The Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory is opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
There are plenty of free parking lots available, so you would not need to worry about where to park your car if you are driving your way there.
The factory consisted of three main areas - an Italian Gelato area, a fast selection and check out area and a display and selection area. The Italian Gelato area offers a great selection of natural low-fat, low sugar Italian Gelato with great flavors that will satisfy any ice cream lovers' craving.
The display and selection area offers a selection of delicious chocolates for visitors to choose from. In order to control and maintain the right temperature in the area, only a few visitors are allowed to enter the display and selection area at a time. Visitors who wish to enter this area are required to get a queue ticket number and wait for their turn.
Just across the streets, free unlimited coffee and chocolate samples were provided for visitors who were waiting for their queue ticket number. So, feel free to get yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy it while waiting for your turn.
We were lucky that we did not have to wait too long for our turn. The entire area was quite empty on the day we visited.
The fast selection and check out area, on the other hand, offers visitors a specially handpick selection of its most popular chocolates. For those who are tight on time, you might want to consider buying from the fast selection and check out area instead.
The success of the 18 Degree Chocolate Factory has help the small town to prosper. With the Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory becoming a popular tourist destination in Puli, the number of visitors (both local and foreign) visiting the town increased, which also brought some business opportunities for other vendors around the area.
I am really not sure what is all the hype about this place. But for sure, the Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory is definitely not a must visit attraction for us. This is basically just a good place for one to rest, enjoy some fresh air and coffee after a long day of travel.
There are plenty of seating areas around for visitors to sit, chat and enjoy free coffee.
Of course, we did not leave without buying some of its famous handmade chocolates. Although the chocolates were not cheap, it is definitely worth every penny we paid. The chocolates were beautifully packaged in an elegant white box that included a re-usable ice pack to ensure its freshness.
Cooler bags are also available for purchase to keep the chocolates at the right temperature. So, if you are intending to bring some of these chocolates home, I would really suggest you to get a cooler bag to prevent them from melting.
We bought a box of liquor-filled chocolates, which gush out upon biting. The moment the chocolate hit my mouth, it started to melt. I took a small bite into the chocolate and my mouth was instantly filled with a generous amount of brandy. It feels as though I was drinking brandy straight from the bottle.
Both the chocolates and brandy are top-notch. It was an absolute treat. However, for those who could not drink, these liquor-filled chocolates might be a little too strong for you.
The white box which these chocolates come in is a keepsake too. It was so elegantly beautiful and of course, I still kept it nicely even though I have finished the chocolates long time ago.
If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!