san fran - ghirardelli square (chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!)
I’ve heard of Ghirardelli Chocolate for years but I don’t think I realized that it was from San Francisco until I was actually in San Francisco and would see it almost EVERYWHERE - haha. I am not much of a chocolate connoisseur but I did think that Ghirardelli was some pretty good chocolate but I just never understood the ‘hype’ around it (if any) until now. Ghirardelli Chocolate is really AH-MAZING!
Ghirardelli Square is a landmark marketplace in Fisherman’s Wharf that features stores, restaurants and of course a Ghirardelli Cafe Shop and Store. It is right on the water/beach providing a scenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Jail - it gives such a California vibe. People sit on the steps pictured above and enjoy the view, their desserts, take a break from all of the walking - it can actually be pretty peaceful. I personally enjoyed the view and took a bunch of pictures!
The Cafe Shop features fresh treats, drinks and desserts using Ghirardelli Chocolate and then the Ghirardelli Store is mainly to purchase their delicious chocolate - candy bars, gift sets, etc. I decided to stop by the Cafe Shop and grab a dessert.
As you can see, their dessert menu is pretty extensive and my stomach was literally at capacity so I opted for a ‘light after-dinner drink’ - a hot chocolate!
You might think that I am exaggerating but this hot chocolate was seriously SO good - it was rich (but not too rich) and very creamy. I’ve had some terrible hot chocolates in my days and this was by far the best that I have had! I got a simple, plain hot chocolate with whipped cream on top (because you should NEVER have a hot chocolate without whipped cream on top!).
Now for the actual chocolate - I never realized they had so many varieties! They really have it all. On my next visit, I’m thinking just buying one of each square to try and see what I like best.
Ghirardelli carries many varieties of chocolate in their cafe shop. Some of the varieties include: Milk Chocolate Caramel, Salted Caramel Crunch, Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Blueberry, just to name a few…
I LOVE milk chocolate and white chocolate but can sometimes do dark chocolate if it’s not too bitter. I also just really love vanilla flavored ANYTHING. I’m so mad at myself for not grabbing some of the Milk Chocolate Vanilla Caramel and Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel.. there will definitely be a next time!
Do you like chocolate? If so, what kind do you like?