In 1848 entrepreneur James Lick arrived in San Francisco with 600 lbs of chocolate to sell. When all of his chocolate sold quickly, he urged his confectioner friend in Peru to come to San Francisco and start his own Chocolate company. That confectioner’s name is Domingo Ghirardelli.

Lick arrived in San Francisco, California, in January 1848, bringing with him his tools, work bench, $30,000 (the relative value in 2017 is $941,000) in gold, and 600 pounds (275 kilograms) of chocolate. Upon his arrival, Lick began buying real estate in the small village of San Francisco. The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill …

In 1848 entrepreneur James Lick arrived in San Francisco with 600 lbs of chocolate to sell. When all of his chocolate sold quickly, he urged his confectioner friend in Peru to come to San Francisco and start his own Chocolate company. That confectioner’s name is Domingo Ghirardelli. Read More »