The Ghirardelli company is based in San Fransisco, California.
Founded in 1852, Ghirardelli is the only major U.S. chocolate
manufacturer on the West coast. They're known mostly for their
chocolate bars and chocolate chips, although recently I've also been
seeing a pre-sweetened cocoa powder of theirs in the stores.
This is an easy one to review because I've already reviewed Hershey's milk chocolate. Honestly, I can't
much tell the difference, and as such, this chocolate also gets a 2
rating. The one difference I can tell is that this one has a subtle
almond flavor to it, which I can't really account for from the
ingredient list. I've heard that companies don't have to list
ingredients that are extremely small fractions of their products, but
I don't know if that's true or merely urban legend. If that is true,
perhaps that is the explanation. In any case, the almond flavor is
there, so if you like almonds you might prefer this chocolate to
This one is also easy to review because I've already reviewed Lindt's
Chocolat Lindt Excellence. I'm beginning to think
that maybe the Ghirardelli folks just clone other chocolates.
Probably they don't do that, but it does taste like it. The
ingredient list is very standard: sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa
butter, soy lecithin, vanilla. I think that this chocolate is a bit
sweeter than Lindt's dark chocolate, so I rank it a bit under Lindt,
even though I'm giving it a 3.5 rating. All in all, it's certainly a
very nice chocolate. It yields its flavor quickly, it tastes strongly
of chocolate (but, in my opinion, too much of sugar), and it's not too