Ghirardelli Chocolate Company Celebrates 160 Years Of Producing Premium Chocolate

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, San Francisco’s premier chocolate maker, is celebrating 160 years of creating irresistible premium chocolate. To mark this milestone, Ghirardelli Chocolate has planned a number of events to celebrate and thank chocolate lovers for sharing in the company’s 160 year devotion to chocolate.
Ghirardelli Chocolate, the Bay Area’s first chocolate manufacturer, has a rich and vibrant history, beginning with the fascinating story of Domenico Ghirardelli, an Italian confectioner. After spending several years in South America operating Domingo’s Chocolates, Ghirardelli landed in San Francisco and started the world-famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. With Ghirardelli’s vision in mind, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company pioneered innovations in bean roasting and became the first company to introduce bittersweet chocolate chips.“With a deep commitment to creating chocolate that America loves, Ghirardelli Chocolate has become the leader in premium chocolate making,” says Martin Thompson, Ghirardelli president and CEO “For 160 years, customers have enjoyed our wide range of chocolate and we look forward to presenting exciting new flavors for many years to come.”
Ghirardelli Chocolate Cruise
Last July 21st, Ghirardelli Chocolate partnered with the SS Jeremiah O’Brien for the first Ghirardelli Chocolate Cruise. Departing Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf, the cruise celebrated Ghirardelli’s 160th anniversary and all things chocolate. While sailing in the scenic San Francisco Bay, the cruise featured a special “Chocolate School” presentation conducted by Ghirardelli’s head chocolate maker Steve Genzoli.  The cruise also included a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch served on the main deck at noon, beverages, live music and a tour of the engine room as seen in the blockbuster hit “Titanic”. And, of course, plenty of chocolate, ice cream, and hot cocoa courtesy of Ghirardelli Chocolate.

San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square serves as host for the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival September 8 & 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Held in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Ghirardelli Chocolate will host the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival on September 8 and 9. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Project Open Hand and their efforts to serve “meals with love” to people with HIV/AIDS, the homebound critically ill and seniors.
Projected to be the biggest festival to date, chocolate lovers throughout the Bay Area are invited to this two-day celebration featuring unique samples by some of the finest local dessert companies, chef demonstrations from chocolatiers, cupcake bakers and mixologists, ice-cream sundae eating contests, live music and, of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate!

Chocolate School “From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar” conducted by Ghirardelli’s own Chocolate Professor, Steve Genzoli at the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square September 8 & 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Events
·         On The Hunt for Ghirardelli Chocolate: Participate in an exciting hunt through Ghirardelli Square and discover fun facts about San Francisco’s premium chocolate company, Ghirardelli Chocolate! Solve all the clues and win a sweet treat!
·         “Earthquake” Ice Cream Eating Contest: Battling each other and their own stomachs, competitors are sure to make this experience a memorable (and delicious) one. Children also compete with a smaller version of the famous Earthquake Sundae.
·         Chocolate School- “From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar”: Come join Ghirardelli’s own Head of Chocolate Making, Steve Genzoli, as he teaches “Chocolate School” and takes audience members through a tour of the delicious chocolate making process.
·         Chef Demonstrations: Local culinary professionals work their delicious magic on both Saturday and Sunday at the Culinary Stage in the West Plaza of Ghirardelli Square.
·         Silent Auction to benefit Project Open Hand: Come help increase fundraising efforts for Project Open Hand by bidding on one of the fabulous chocolate, hotel, self-pampering, or restaurant prizes.
·         Bake-Off: Watch the first ever Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Bake Off featuring treats made with Ghirardelli products. Categories include: best cookie, best cake and best creative entry.
Tasting tickets are $20 for 15 tastes and include samples of up to 15 delicacies ranging from chocolate vodka, cupcakes, to ice cream sundaes. Several general events will be available at no charge.  To purchase sampling tickets to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival online, please visit

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Carmel Squares found at the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square September 8 & 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Photo by James Hall Photography.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory for the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square September 8 & 9 from12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure
Ghirardelli Chocolate scooped up the first sundae in early June at the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif. The new location – the first to open inside a theme park – features Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes and decadent chocolate products. This shop is modeled after the original Chocolate Manufactory located in historical Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Calif.
The new soda fountain and chocolate shop is located in Pacific Wharf, the San Francisco-inspired area of Disney California Adventure. Guests can visit the location to enjoy treats including sundaes, shakes, and floats, plus a delicious assortment of chocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest can enjoy a complimentary sample of the signature Ghirardelli Squares® chocolate.