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Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. debuts rich new flavors

Chocolate brownie filling is stuffed into chocolate squares and bars.
Chocolate brownie filling is stuffed into chocolate squares and bars. apierleoni@sacbee.com

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has been around since 1852, and is as much a San Francisco icon as sourdough bread, cioppino and Dungeness crab.

Now it’s added some new items to its long list of top-quality chocolate products. Its chocolate and caramel sauces ($5 each) debuted recently, along with chocolate squares ($4.30) and bars ($3) stuffed with filling “inspired by our brownie mix.”

We rounded up the usual suspects for a tasting, and poured the two sauces over bowls of Clover-brand vanilla ice cream (use the syrups n coffee drinks and milkshakes, too). Both sauces had luscious, silken textures, but we liked the chocolate best for its deep flavor. The caramel was way sweet, but was rich in caramel taste. Corn syrup and sugar and key ingredients in both.

We liked the salty kick in the Milk Chocolate and Sea Salt Brownie Squares, but really didn’t get a distinct brownie texture or flavor separate from the smooth chocolate. The brownie filling melted into and combined with the chocolate for a rich experience. Ditto the Milk Chocolate Brownie Bar. We’ll be on the lookout for the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie bar. After all, they are Ghirardelli products, right?

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