A Century of Quality Chocolate Products
Gilbert Chocolates traces its beginnings to John O. Gilbert, who came to Jackson from Findlay, Ohio in 1900. He began the confectionary business as a hobby, making candy for family and friends during holidays and special occasions. With a little urging, he opened a store on West Main Street, featuring bakery items along with an ice cream and lunch parlor.
J.O.’s reputation for quality gourmet chocolate grew and he began mass-producing candy at a facility on the corner of Pearl and South Mechanic Streets. As his success grew, a larger two-story factory was built in 1913.
Gilbert Chocolates was marketed as ‘The Chocolate of Connoisseurs’, and he worked with the Hershey Chocolate Co. to develop a special blend of dark Chocolate for Gilbert’s.
In 1917, J.O. opened a larger store and continued operations until 1957.
In 1960 the candy company was sold to the Knapp family, then in 1964, two former employees bought the chocolate business and moved it to its current location on Ackerson Lake Drive in Jackson.
They marketed candy bars and hand dipped chocolates to local businesses. During the next 35 years, the business maintained its reputation as one of the finest gourmet chocolates in Southern Michigan.
About 1990, a retail store was once again opened to sell the chocolates locally. In 1991, the store was relocated to the Jackson Crossing Mall, where it remains to this day.
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.”