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Ghirardelli opens shop in Disney California Adventure Park

20 Jun

Buy Ghiradelli Chocolate online in Australia at Moo-Lolly-Bar AustraliaChocolate lovers have an extra reason to visit the Disney California Adventure Park now that Ghirardelli has opened a Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop there.

A San Francisco institution going back to the days of the Gold Rush, Ghirardelli is best known for its delicious chocolate range though it does have a small chain of ice cream shops just outside the Bay Area.

Replacing the old tortilla factory, Ghirardelli is located in a two-story red brick building in the Pacific Wharf area of Disney California Adventure Park. Bordering the soon-to-open Cars Land, the opening of Ghirardelli significantly increases the range of sundaes available throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Currently their menu contains 15 different flavours, most coming with a choice of dark or milk chocolate fudge that is melted on the premises. Several of them have iconic San Francisco names such as the Gold Rush, a mix of vanilla ice cream with melted peanut butter and hot fudge, the Golden Gate, a delicious version of the banana split and the Haight Ashberry. A sensational strawberry cheesecake and vanilla ice cream with sliced strawberries and chocolate-covered blueberries.

It will be interesting to see how successful the store becomes.

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar

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For the love of chocolate

6 Oct

CheesecakeDaniella Juhasz believes in the power of chocolate.

The 19-year-old Allentown resident baked her way to a blue ribbon in this year’s Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship with a Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

Last year, chocolate was key to her first-place finish in the Hershey Cocoa Cookies, Brownies and Bars Contest and a statewide third-place prize for her Super Double Fudge Brownies at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Even when she isn’t baking for the fair’s special contests, chocolate is always close at hand. The Lehigh County Community College student reveals, “When I’m ready to do my homework, treating myself to a Milky Way gives me the energy to go on. It really puts me in the mood to study.”

She adds, however, “I love Hershey’s line of chocolate bars and their Peanut Butter Cups,” and says she’ll never tire of visiting Hershey Park and Chocolate World.

“I’ve loved chocolate for as long as I can remember,” she confides. There were no vanilla ice cream cones, even in her toddler days. “If I do get a dish or cone that’s a mix of chocolate and vanilla, I’ll eat the chocolate half and give the rest to my dad. He’s the one who loves vanilla.”

Her favorite birthday cake? It is a rich chocolate cake with an even richer, thick and creamy chocolate icing that Daniella’s aunt, Eva Seibert, bakes for her. “Before Aunt Eva created it, I always asked my dad to bake his special vanilla cheesecakes for me. But this chocolate cake has become my new favorite.”

She’s grown up in a family of good cooks and bakers, Daniella says. “My grandmother Eva Juhasz of Allentown has been baking from scratch forever. My aunt continues her tradition and they’ve been working to pass it on to me, too. My dad’s specialty is the vanilla cheesecake, but I also love his way of making barbecued chicken on the grill. My mom is from Peru. Any dish she makes is great.”

Her Aunt Eva, a Salisbury Township resident and Allentown Fair contest veteran, first suggested Daniella should consider entering the fair contests. To encourage Daniella, Seibert shared her massive collection of Chocolatier magazines and offered some chocolate baking tips that have paid off for her in past cooking contests.

“I found a chocolate cheesecake that sounded good and switched it up a bit. I added some Chambord and some raspberry jam, too,” Daniella says.

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Unlike some contestants who make versions of their entries over and over again, Daniella decided on the changes she wanted to make, made the cake once and carried it to the fair for judging.

“I was amazed when they announced my name, and even more surprised when I saw some of the beautiful-looking cakes that also were entered in the contest,” Daniella says.

The two-toned chocolate cheesecake, with a chocolate heart and a darker-toned chocolate glaze, was simply decorated with a few fresh raspberries and some mint leaves. The cheesecake’s taste clinched the win.

“Daniella is a young baker who created an awesome cake. It placed first out of 22 entries,” says Julie Intrepido-Kmetz, the Allentown Fair’s supervisor of special culinary contests.

The cake’s chocolate hit comes from chocolate cookie crumbs for the crust, eight ounces of chopped Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate in the cake and four more ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in the glaze. Its traditional texture and richness comes from two pounds of cream cheese packed into it, along with the sweetness from an entire can of sweetened condensed milk.

The young baker debated about the fruit flavor she wanted to add. “Mango is my favorite fruit. I’d also seen a recipe for a strawberry and chocolate cheesecake. But I decided raspberries sounded like my best choice and they are my second favorite. I love snacking on fresh raspberries.”

She says there are no real secrets to making the cheesecake, which is baked in a water bath. However, she cautions, “Make sure the springform pan is tightly covered with aluminum foil. I use two layers. You don’t want any water to get into the spring form pan after you’ve placed it in the roasting pan and add water to it. That water, about two cups, she says, should be hot, but not boiling, when using it for the water bath.

The future dental hygienist’s culinary plans? To enter at least one fair contest again next year. But what about trying to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off’s $1 million prize? She says, “I definitely could get myself motivated to enter it!”

Meanwhile, she’s going to put her prize basket of Ghirardelli chocolate ingredients to good use. “As soon as I pick up some more cream cheese, I’m going to bake another Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake because some members of my family, including my mom and brother, still haven’t gotten to taste it.”

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Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

9 Sep

Ghirardelli Square will host the 16th Annual Chocolate Festival attracting about 40,000 visitors from the Bay Area and around the world. This family-friendly event features prominent local chefs creating chocolate inventions during cooking demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities and the popular “Earthquake” Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest. Over 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies will provide dessert samples during the two-day event.

Ghirardelli Square hosts several signature events throughout the year to attract both local and tourist business.

Ghirardelli Square is one of the most well-known and best-loved icons of San Francisco. The enormous illuminated Ghirardelli sign and the smell of chocolate beckons over 4 million visitors per year to Ghirardelli Square.

All proceeds from the event are donated to Project Open Hand, a non-profit organization that provides food and compassion to people living HIV/AIDS, homebound and critically ill people, as well as seniors in San Francisco. For more information on Project Open Hand, visit http://www.openhand.org. In 2010 we raised over $60,000 for Project Open Hand.

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