It seemed fitting to finish up our road trip by visiting the Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet store and having a decadent sundae. They are the masters in making the most incredible ice cream delights.
After hearing about the gold discovery at Sutter’s Mill, Domenico Ghirardelli sailed from South America where he had a confectionary store in Lima, Peru. The news of the gold strike must have been enticing enough for Ghirardelli to open a tent store in Stockton, California in 1849 to sell his products to the miners.It was so successful that he established another store in San Francisco. It became the first establishment in that city in 1850. Unfortunately, in 1851 fires occurred at both stores and they burned down. Ghirardelli chose to rebuild the store in San Francisco only and the company was incorporated in 1852. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is the third-oldest chocolate company in the United States, after Baker’s Chocolate and Whitman’s. Currently, it is a division of the Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli which makes Lindor Chocolates.
Walking inside the store, you get hit by the gorgeous smell of chocolate and baked goods. The employees immediately offer you a sample of their product. We savored the Chocolate Caramel square.
Better yet, since this is an outlet store, the chocolates can be up to 60% off the regular retail price. There was another reason for visiting this wonderful store though…
Lex was hungry enough to eat a sundae by himself but Sar and I decided to share one. We chose the Treasure Island with the brownie and Lex had the Muir Woods.
This was a sweet conclusion to a long and lovely road trip.
Address: 11980 S Harlan Rd, Lathrop, CA 95330
The store is open Mon – Sat 9AM to 8PM, SUN 10AM to 8PM