Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Our last stop before making the drive back to the Panhandle was Downtown Disney. Before we cruised picked up souvenirs I needed a caffeine fix. While Becky and Miss Julia worked their way through the a bath and beauty store I ducked into the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop with Mason. Upon entering a smiling woman at the door gave us each a square of their milk chocolate with a caramel center. Mason took one nibble, declared he did not like it, and shoved it into my palm.

It was 9:30 a.m., and Ghiradelli’s was already packed with morning patrons looking for a caffeine fix.  The line stretched towards the door and I happily ate both chocolates while watching the Ghiradelli crew zip back and forth mixing a variety of chocolate based drinks.  Mason wandered about the small space looking at the chocolate and asking if we could buy a box of whatever his little hands rested upon.  Eventually as the line melted away he returned to my side.

Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

The clerk behind the counter was very friendly and took my order for a medium cafe mocha and a small drinking chocolate.  After paying we took a place towards the side of the room and waited for our order to be prepared. Guest kept streaming through the door and I was impressed that the relatively small staff was able to handle the barrage of orders in a timely manner.

My cafe mocha was very good.  It was a perfect temperature and had a richer chocolate flavor than other mochas, which was a good thing.  It was also sweet enough without adding any additional sugar.  Becky’s drinking chocolate was very rich and after drinking about 1/3 of the small cup she passed it onto me.  I took a sip.  It can best be described as a drinkable Ghiradelli milk chocolate bar.  For a chocoholic like myself it was delicious and I sipped on it while making loops throughout the Disney Store.

Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop - Orlando, FL - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Ghiradelli’s is open Sunday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.  Additional information on the Orlando location is available online at www.ghirardelli.com and Facebook.  The soda fountain/chocolatier/coffee shop can be contacted by telephone at (407) 934-8855.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: A
Taste: A
Presentation: B
Service: A
Cleanliness: A
Price: $

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