Chocolate's origins date back more than 4,000 years to the culture of the Mayas in Central and South America. It was introduced to Europe in the 1500s and reinvented by European chocolatiers as a sweet, creamy confection. In the 1800s, it was re-introduced to the New World and America.
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company played a central role in the introduction of chocolate to American consumers, establishing its enduring reputation for exquisite chocolate from its San Francisco factory in 1852.
Today, it has built on its signature taste and time-honored manufacturing processes to become America's Premium Chocolate company.
Read on for more about how cocoa beans are crafted into delicious chocolate.