This post is brought to you by Ghirardelli Intense Dark™ Chocolate.
Lately I’ve been trying not to eat about a billion cookies a day. Shocking, I know. But would you believe that something like that caught up with me and apparently my clothes are all a bit tight? Apparently I need to get back to everything in moderation or else the holidays are going to put me in a permanent state of sweatpants.
But I am human, and a woman, after all, so there is something in my blood that says that I must eat something sweet every day. And after a long day in the kitchen and on my feet, when I am physically and mentally spent, I just need a little something to help unwind. And while cookies will never be cut out from my life, I try to limit them to once a week. As a result, something like a few squares of chocolate after dinner does wonders and makes each night just a little bit better.
That is why I was thrilled to get the chance to sample several of the Ghiradelli Intense Dark Chocolates. Sure, I’m always tempted to eat a whole bar or two, but because of the richness, a little does go a long way. And paired with a cup of decaf coffee or a glass of red wine, I’m forced to sit down, slow down, and really relax.
My thoughts on the flavors I’ve tasted:
-Overall, they all have a wonderful richness that you can only get in a quality chocolate
-The Sea Salt Soiree had a nice texture and flavor, though I could have used just a tad more salt; if you like a subtle sweet and salty contrast you will love it
-The Toffee Interlude has a great toffee flavor and texture
-I wasn’t blown away by the Cabernet Matinee; the richness and texture were there but it had a little too much grape flavor to me (as opposed to wine)
Now the only trick will be pacing myself as I make my way through the other flavors!
I really wanted to take part in this Tastemaker campaign but too much was going on with my dad at the time. Jealous of all those awesome flavors! Maybe I should get on the few bites of chocolate a day bandwagon….it might prevent me from eating six cookies at a time whenever I make them!
I kind of feel bad for people who don’t have a sweet tooth. :D
Thanks for the reviews, Ghirardelli chocolate is The best! Even if it’s a bit grape-y, the Cabernet Matinee sounds intriguing!
Oh to be so lucky to be the one to taste all these decadent bars!
Yes, chocolate does make everything better! I love Ghirardelli, I actually have a bar of the sea salt soiree right here at my desk for “emergencies” :)
I am pretty sure if I had your business I would weight much more than I do now. I give you SO much credit! Sometimes I can’t visit your blog bc you have so many delicious pictures!
I LOVE the intense Dark chocolate by ghiradelli. I typically stick to the 86% cacao. It really hits the spot!
lol thanks, Erin!
Oh, how I adore dark chocolate!! And Ghriardelli takes me back to when I was a kid living near San Francisco and we would go to the shop and see the vats of melted chocolate!!!
and the wine?? Yes… perfect combo!