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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

1710 E Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, Florida 32830 USA

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Sun 10:30a-11:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“ The richest heritage of any American chocolate company”

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products.

Incorporated in 1852 and in continuous operation since then, Ghirardelli has the richest heritage of any American chocolate company. Ghirardelli continues to honor its heritage to this day.

The correct spelling and pronunciation of the Italian name "Ghirardelli" has long stumped even the most avid consumers of Ghirardelli Chocolate.

Domingo Ghirardelli, the founder of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, must have resigned himself to the fact that only by a miracle was anybody going to get his name right: the original name of the chocolate company when it opened for business in 1852 was "Ghirardely & Girard."

The spelling of the name Ghirardelli may have been an early attempt to indicate the correct pronunciation.

Throughout its early history, the company has had to cope with all this and even incorporated it into early packaging labels and advertising campaigns.

For many years, a bright colored parrot and the words, "Say Gear-ar-delly," (a phonetic spelling of the name) were used to help solve the pronunciation problem. The strategy proved to be very successful.

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Great ice cream and normally some free chocolate handouts, so go in there for a free (small) dessert!

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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

1710 E Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, Florida
32830 USA

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Open now until 11:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking

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