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SF’s Ghirardelli “Chocolate Experience” Reopens w/ Free Hot Fudge Sundaes (May 20)

Ghirardelli’s flagship store reopens for its 170th anniversary with 170 free Hot Fudge Sundaes
By - posted 5/20/2022 No Comment

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company announced it will finally reopen its flagship Chocolate Experience Store, located in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. The space is designed to elevate the customer experience and provides new and exciting ways to celebrate the true craftmanship of chocolate making. Visitors can expect to be delighted by the delicate taste and aroma of fresh chocolate, warm waffle cones and hand-made hot fudge.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience Reopening + Free Hot Fudge Sundaes
Friday, May 20, 2022 | Opening Ceremony at 11:30am(ish)
900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109
Free Hot Fudge Sundae for first 170 lucky customers

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will attend the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at a grand reopening celebration on May 20 starting around 11:30 a.m. PST. Following will be the giveaway for free sundaes to the first 170 customers.

Reopening day festivities will include family-friendly entertainment for all with live music, balloon art, and face painting. The first 170 lucky customers in line will receive a free World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae to celebrate the brand’s 170th anniversary. Ghirardelli executives, Eight Inc. and Jamestown property management representatives, along with Kate Sofis, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, will join Mayor Breed in kicking off the event.

The renovated space sits within the Pioneer Woolen Mill building which was built in 1864 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. As guests walk through the Chocolate Experience Store, they will have the unique opportunity to watch Ghirardelli chocolatiers hand crafting the brand’s signature hot fudge from only three ingredients: pure Ghirardelli chocolate, milk, and vanilla. Guests can also personalize a tin of signature chocolate squares selected from the brand’s largest Pick & Mix yet and enjoy a World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae in the store’s Alcatraz room while taking in the unobstructed and breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay.

Other store offerings include fresh chocolate bars made with almonds and hazelnuts roasted in-house and pure Ghirardelli chocolate flowing from tempering taps, ice cream served in hand-made waffle cones and bowls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. See the full store menu here.

The redesigned Chocolate Experience Store perfectly blends modern design elements, like a custom inlay of the Ghirardelli golden eagle and tile work from SF-based company Heath Ceramics, with core elements of the historic structure, like the original red brick walls and timber beams. Also newly on display are hand-painted murals and a collection of vintage Ghirardelli advertising dating back to the company’s beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Chocolate Experience Store reopening marks the conclusion of phase one of three for the storied chocolate company’s space renovations at its namesake Ghirardelli Square. The second phase of the project—a renovation of Ghirardelli’s Original Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop—is slated to begin in January 2023 and wrap up by May. A pop-up store at the square in place during the renovation process has helped to limit disruption to the visitor experience and Ghirardelli’s business operations.

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience Store is located at 900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109. The store will be open Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. For updates on the renovation, please visit www.ghirardelli.com/StoreLocations-SanFranciscoSquare