Founded in 1852 in San Francisco, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a well-known San Francisco institution and is also known worldwide, in the company of other prominent local names like Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Lucasfilms, and Alcatraz.

Yeah, it's available everywhere. And that's one of the problems with Ghirardelli -- the quality of the overall product suffers. I would stress that this is mostly due to third-party vendors keeping the merchandise in less-than-optimal storage conditions and the like, but also the vast amount of products that Ghirardelli manufactures doesn't help.

This is the second post in our Holiday Gift Guide spotlighting your Bay Area chocolate-buying options