A Century of Quality Chocolate Products
Gilbert Chocolates traces its beginnings to John O. Gilbert and his wife Mary. They had owned and operated a bakery and confectionary factory in Findlay, Ohio starting in 1893. After outgrowing their building and the city, they decided to move to the larger city of Jackson, Michigan to allow the business to continue to grow. They quickly opened two retail stores in Jackson, one operated exclusively as a candy and ice cream parlor while the other sold both Gilbert candies and bakery goods.
The reputation of Gilbert Chocolates grew and soon they began manufacturing candy at a facility on the corner of Pearl and South Mechanic Streets. As success grew, a larger two-story factory was built in 1913. In 1917, John Gilbert opened a larger store and continued operations until his death in 1960.
The Knapp family operated Gilbert chocolates for a few years, then in 1964 two former employees bought the chocolate business and moved the factory to Ackerson Lake Drive, where it remained for 52 years. During the yeats at Ackerson Lake, the business maintained its reputation as the finest gourmet chocolate establishment in Michigan.
Around 1990, a retail store was once again opened in Jackson to sell the chocolates locally. In 1991, the store was relocated to Packa Plaza, now the Jackson Crossing Mall, where it continues to operate today. In 2013, a second store was opened in Okemos, Michigan at the Meridian Mall.
In 2016 Gilbert Chocolates returned to downtown Jackson with a new chocolate factory and retail store at 233 North Jackson Street, just a short walk from the location of the original stores and factory. We are proud to still use the recipes and equipment John O. Gilbert used over 100 years ago to manufacture the finest candies one will ever taste.
In 2003, the Blakemore Family bought the business and operated it until 2013 when they sold it to Brian and Sally Krichbaum. The Krichbaums continue the tradition of making fine gourmet chocolates. There are over 100 items in the Gilbert Chocolates line and include both regular and sugar-free products.
Thank you for visiting our online chocolate store. We invite you to visit our retail stores in Jackson Crossing Mall in Jackson, MI and Meridian Mall in Okemos, MI. We hope you’ll enjoy our gourmet chocolates and agree they are “The Chocolate of Connoisseurs.”