Ghirardelli's Heritage - 160 Years

In 1849, when Domingo Ghirardelli immigrates to the United States, he has dreams of striking it rich in the California Gold Rush. After trying his hand and failing at mining, he settles on opening a tent-store in nearby Stockton, CA, selling various supplies and confections to fellow miners. With his new business proving successful, Domingo decides to open a store and hotel in San Francisco. After a major fire in 1851 destroys his businesses, he begins to rebuild. In 1852, he forms a new confectionery company that is to become the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

Today, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has built on its signature taste and time-honored manufacturing processes to become America's premium chocolate company.

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