When it comes to the ingredients that we use in our ice creams, we align with companies that hold standards for their products as demandingly high as our own.
In many cases, these are decades-old, multi-generational family businesses. We find that when your last name is attached to a product, that's pretty good motivation to make it the best.
Guittard Chocolate Company is the oldest, continuously family-owned chocolate company in the United States, and they've been churning out the country's finest chocolate for nearly 150 years from their headquarters in Burlingame, CA.
One of the world’s preeminent cocoa producers, Guittard works closely with small, family farms to sustainably and responsibly source the highest quality blends and varietal cocoa beans throughout the world. A Fair Trade practitioner, Guittard is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation and The Rainforest Alliance, among many other trade groups.
In a sea of nouveau, bean-to-bar chocolatiers, Guittard is the original, and a key supplier to the world’s finest pastry chefs, wholesale chocolatiers, and consumers.
After partnering with Guittard as our chocolate purveyor for 50-plus years, we are so excited to offer their delicious "Eating Bars" in all of our scoop shops. Stop by your local McConnell's to take home Guittard's 64% Cacao L'Harmonie Semisweet and 85% Cacao Claire De Lune Bittersweet Eating Bars!
The McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams/Guittard Chocolate Company partnership is now in its 5th decade, and we look forward to a long and fruitful (chocolateful?) future!