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Ghirardelli Chocolate

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The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is the U.S. section of Lindt & Sprüngli, which is a Swiss candy making company. The Ghirardelli Company was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1852, by Italian chocolatier, Domingo Ghirardelli. The business was later relocated to San Leandro, California.

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company once was one of the largest regional independent brands in the country, until it was bought by Lindt & Sprüngli, in 1998. Ghirardelli is America's longest continuously operating manufacturer of chocolate.

Ghirardelli Chocolate is one of the few chocolate making companies in the U.S. that controls the entire chocolate manufacturing process; from cocoa bean to the finished product. Ghirardelli's line of products includes its signature Squares chocolate, along with other chocolate items, baking chocolate and beverages. You can buy the company's food items at select grocery stores, drug stores, specialty stores and department stores. Ghirardelli chocolate also sells industrial products for the confectionery, bakery, dairy and food service industries.

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company also has its own line of chocolate stores. There are currently twelve Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shops around the country. The Chocolate Manufactory is located in Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco. Additional outlets are located in key cities within California and Florida and other major cities across the U.S. including Chicago and Las Vegas.

The company makes an assortment of chocolate bars and products and most of them are certified kosher. However, to be certain if the product is kosher; make sure you look for the kosher emblem on the package. Some of the items Ghirardelli Chocolate makes include dark chocolate, liquor wafers, solid mint products, sweet ground chocolate and Cocoa, premium unsweetened cocoa, double chocolate hot chocolate, chocolate mocha hot chocolate, chocolate hazelnut hot chocolate, white chocolate, sweet ground white chocolate flavor mix, white mocha hot chocolate, milk chocolate with crisp rice, milk chocolate chips, white milk chocolate products, white mint filled Squares, boxed chocolates, creamy caramel sauce, cocoa sauce and hot fudge sauce. It also makes some fantastic chocolate raspberry coffee beans and a whole line of coffee syrups.

Years ago, Ghirardelli Chocolate made a well-known candy called flicks and today the company is famous for its hot fudge sauce as well as its Squares chocolate.

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