Guittard were established in San Francisco in 1868, by Etienne Guittard. He originally left France for California to make his fortune in the gold rush, and he took some chocolate from his uncle’s factory with him. The miners loved it – so instead of heading to the mines, Etienne started a brisk trade in fine chocolate. 250 years on, Guittard is still in the family. They use vintage equipment to tease out the best flavours from their specially selected cacao, and their chocolates are loved worldwide by professionals and home cooks alike.