Escape with Ghirardelli Intense Dark: Girl’s Night In & Giveaway

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ghirardelli small1I think one of the hardest things for me to do is to remember to take time for myself. It’s really easy to say, “I’m busy and stressed and my 8-year-old and 5-year-old have homework and school projects on a level that I seriously don’t remember having until I was 13 and my husband is working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and I haven’t slept more than 5 hours in a row in the last 8 1/2 months, so I’m going on an online shopping spree and hitting up the drive through between dance class and the second grade musical.” The problem is, no matter how fun it is to get a package in the mail or not clean up after dinner, I still kind of feel like I’m not actually doing anything for myself.

And since, in their own ways, pretty much all of my friends’ lives are as hectic as mine, I decided that we needed a grown-up time out. With grown-up food and drinks and grown-up chocolate.

treated lead photoSara and I are huge fans of Ghirardelli, so we jumped at the chance to try their Intense Dark chocolate. And then I was so excited that I made my friends try it, too (trust me, if you’re ever having a hard time getting your group of friends together, mention the words “kid-free” and “chocolate party.” Everyone’s plans magically fall into place.)

To make the escape complete, I put together little gift baskets for everyone with some of my favorite things that make me happy.

ghirardelli4I put in some cute reusable mugs, toe separators, nail polish, a mini candle, a pumice stone, bath salts, a mud mask, a headband to keep the mud mask out of their hair, lip balm, and a couple big bars of the Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolate.

When they came over, I made our chocolate ganache by mixing 2 bars of the chocolate (I used the Midnight Reverie, which is super dark at 86% cacao, Twilight Delight, which is 72% cacao, and Cabernet Matinee, which is kind of fruity) with 6 ounces of heavy cream and heating it in the microwave for about a minute (in 20-30 second increments). I served the three pots of different chocolate with a big tray of fruit.

ghirardelli17I think the general consensus was that Twilight Delight was the favorite for dipping.

ghirardelli15I also had a cake stand loaded with bars of chocolate for us to try out.

ghirardelli6Toffee Interlude was probably the favorite of the night, followed by Sea Salt Soiree.

ghirardelli16No, this picture was not staged…they were genuinely staring at the square of Sea Salt Soiree in awe.

We had lots and lots of laughs.

friendsand when my kids came home a few hours later, we were genuinely excited to see each other, which was a giant win for everyone.

Since we wish we could invite everyone to a chocolatey escape from reality, we’re doing the next best thing–we’re giving away 3 of the gift baskets from the party, loaded up with  big bars of Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolate along with a whole bunch of our favorite things to make you feel special!

To enter, tell us what flavors you’d love to try–they are Midnight Reverie (86% cacao), Twilight Delight (72% cacao), Evening Dream (60% cacao), Cabernet Matinee, Hazelnut Heaven, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude. The giveaway will run now through April 2 and the 3 winners will be announced on April 3.

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This post was sponsored by Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate. Create your escape here.

The giveaway is sponsored by Our Best Bites. As always, all opinions are completely our own.



  1. I want to be your friend! I’d love to try Evening Dream and Toffee Interlude, I might even go for Twilight Delight!

  2. What cute little gift baskets! I would love to try the Twilight Delight and the Toffee Interlude. Those sound really yummy! Thanks for the chance to win this fun prize!

  3. toffee! a few years ago, one of my favorite toffee candy bars got discontinued, and i have been searching for a toffee replacement ever since.

  4. The sea salt and toffee both sound delicious, but I am sure (being the chocoholic I am) of them are wonderful.

  5. I can’t wait to try Twilight Delight and Toffee Interlude. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  6. Toffee interlude sounds amazing! I’d love to try them all out and it’d be best for everyone if I had a party to do it, because otherwise I’d eat them all!

  7. I love all things chocolate! I’d love to try Twilight Delight, Sea Salt Soirée and definitely the Toffee Interlude! Those reusable mugs are super cute too!

  8. Which flavor wouldn’t I love to try?!? They all sound heavenly! I would first try thrTwilight Delight, followed by the Hazlenut Heaven, then, the Toffee Interlude.

  9. I have to pick just one…impossible. Twilight Delight sounds wonderful, so does Sea Salt Soiree! I would also like to try Toffee Interlude. Ghirardelli chocolate is my favorite!

  10. Dark chocolate anything to me sounds spectacular! Since this house buys Nutella by the Sam’s Club/ Costco size I am thinking the hazelnut has got to be a good one (to start with), you ladies are amazing! THANK YOU!!!

  11. i’d like to try them all : ) i have a serious love for all ghirardelli but especially their dark chocolates. oh yum.

  12. I love the sound of all the flavors but the hazelnut really makes me drool just thinking about it 🙂

  13. Anything chocolate and salt is the way to go for me…of course I would just have to try the others too.

  14. I love the Sea Salt Soiree – but would really love to try the toffee interlude! I almost picked it up at the store the other day.

  15. What a great idea for a party! I love the gift baskets and may steal that idea for myself 🙂 I love anything hazelnut, but, of course, all of those sound amazing!

  16. The Sea Salt Soiree would be my first choice followed by the toffee – really would there be a bad choice?!?

  17. What a fun idea and I love those mugs! Where did you get those? I would love to try the sea salt or the toffee.

  18. Your chocolate party sounds so fun! What a great idea. We love Ghirardelli, too. My current favorite is the dark chocolate and caramel but I would love to try Toffee Interlude.

  19. Toffee Interlude sounds like something I need RIGHT NOW! Chocolate makes everything better!

  20. Dark chocolate is my FAVORITE. I would love to try them all, but Cabernet Matinee and Toffee Interlude sound especially good to me.

  21. Where did you find those lids and straws? I’ve been looking for some.

    I’d like to try, Cabernet Matinee, Hazelnut Heaven, and Sea Salt Soiree.

  22. Impossible to pick just one. My daughters and I are huge fans of dark chocolate. They even prefer dark chocolate in their Easter Baskets : )

  23. This is so AWESOME! I would LOVe te sea salt one- made. For. Me! Also the toffee and hazelnut ones. This is such a great idea!

  24. The favorites of the night sound the best to me, Tofee Interlude and Sea Salt Soirée. Yum! I have been slowly moving to dark chocolate. I used to be a die hard milk chocolate girl.

  25. Toffee Interlude. But the Sea Salt Soiree looks amazing, too! This tired mama would love any of it, though.

  26. Sea Salt Soiree, baby! I’ve seen several of the others, but this one either isn’t carried by the stores I frequent, or is sold out before I get there.

  27. I’ve saved recipes that use Sea Salt Soiree, and would LOVE to try that, but I am also a huge sucker for anything with the word toffee in it! Crossing my fingers I can be a winner!

  28. Hazelnut Heaven…..mmmmm my kind of heaven! Definitely love me some toffee too…oh who am i kidding….anything with dark chocolate has me hooked!

  29. I would want to try midnight reverie! This giveaway seriously couldn’t come at a better time! My husband just started “night float” and will be working nights for the next 6 weeks! I need a girls night, with chocolate.

  30. I am already a big fan of the Twilight Delight. I would love to try the Cabernet. I love to drink red wine with the Twilight so I can just imagine how divine the cabernet bar tastes.

  31. I would love to try the toffee interlude and sea salt soiree. Looks delish. I will be looking for these in my local stores pronto!

  32. Umm… All of them? How can you go wrong with chocolate? 🙂 But if I had to pick one I would say Sea Salt Soirée.

  33. Hazelnut Heaven sounds yummy, and I’m curious about the Cabernet! Wine & chocolate can’t be bad!

  34. So, I’m pretty sure I’ve already tried the sea salt and toffee interlude – because I’m a chocolate fanatic and shark the candy isles looking for new things all the time. so I would want to try Twilight Delight (72% cacao) and (there is no “or” when it comes to chocolate) Hazelnut Heaven.

    Thanks for all your giveaways!

  35. Oh I love chocolate so much! I would love a whole basket of chocolate, but I think I’d be most excited to try the Twilight Delight and the hazelnut kind as well.

  36. I would have to go with the Toffee Interlude and Sea Salt Soiree – but don’t ask me to choose between those two, because I don’t think I can! They both sound delectable!

  37. I would love toffee interlude. Just woke up and I wouldn’t mind having a bite of chocolate for breakfast…

  38. What a fun night! Twilight Delight and Evening Dream sound awesome. But so does Toffee Interlude. Oh man. I haven’t had breakfast yet and now I want chocolate!

  39. Sea Salt Soiree, hands down. I love anything with the word “Salt” in the name. Salt….Good. Chocolate….Good. Salty Chocolate….OMG Amazing.

  40. Midnight Reverie and Sea Salt Soiree please!
    Love you website, love your cookbooks, love the inspiration and down to earth mom/cook/women stories!

  41. Mmm … Hazelnut Heaven or Toffee Interlude would be my first choices, I think. I’m sure they’re all wonderful, though!

  42. This looks like so much fun! 🙂 And yummy too! I would love to try the Hazelnut Heaven and Sea Salt Soiree! I love those little mugs too!

  43. i wanna try them all!! when it comes to chocolate, i can not pick a favorite. when i went to switzerland, i brought back about 30 pounds of chocolate, each bar a different flavor. such a great country!

  44. I would love to try the twilight delight and the sea salt one…they sound delicious. Btw is that Rainee in one of your pictures? If so she is a high school friend…small world

  45. The sea salt soirée sounds divine. Of course, I ‘ll have to try all of the flavors. I can’t resist good chocolate.

  46. I would love to try any of those but I will have to go with either hazelnut or the midnight one.

  47. I would love to try the Twilight Delight and the Toffee Interlude and then have some of my friends over for a chocolate tasting girl’s night! Thanks for the great ideas!

  48. All of the chocolate bars definitely have dreamy names! I am a huge fan of dark chocolate so I think I would like to try the Midnight Reverie and the Toffee Interlude.

  49. How cute are those baskets?! I’m pregnant and have been craving toffee like NO OTHER, so I would definitely NEED to try the Toffee Interlude. I’d probably also love the Sea Salt Soiree- who doesn’t love salty and sweet?!

  50. Oh yum!!! I ADORE Ghirardelli Chocolate!! I would love to try the Sea Salt Soiree and the Toffee Interlude. Those sound yummy!! But then again…they ALL sound wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Um…all of them? I guess the first one I would open would be the Hazelnut Dream. Then I would have a Toffee Interlude followed by some yummy sea salt.

  52. ooooo yummy!! I love Ghirardelli and dark chocolate is my favorite!! I would love to try all of the intense dark flavors!! Yummo! Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. I love those chocolate bars, Sea Salt is my favorite. I have never tried the toffee and would love too.

  54. I have a confession. I have tried almost all of these flavors already! I lived in France for a time, and came back with a serious love of good chocolate. I haven’t tried Cabernet Matinee and it sounds amazing that would be top on my list.

  55. The toffee interlude and sea salt soiree sound the best to me, but in all honesty, I’m a milk chocolate girl. My sister, however LOVES her some dark chocolate, so if I won I’d give most of it to her. 🙂

  56. They all sound divine, but I would love to try Hazelnut Heaven, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude :).

  57. The sea salt soiree and toffee interlude both sound delicious. I am a HUGE chocolate fan and would really love to try them all!

  58. Who wouldn’t like to try them all? I would especially like to try the Sea Salt soiree and toffee interlude. Fingers crossed!

  59. Ok, I have to be honest here… I want to try ALL the flavors. I LOVE chocolate! But if, and I mean if I truly had to narrow it down to one it would be the Toffee because my husband adores Skor bars. He works so hard and has unbelievable stress at work right now…. huge inspection coming up in a couple of weeks, waiting to find out if he was granted career status (which determines whether or not he can stay in the military past March 14), promotion board if he is granted career status, and a course which will take him away from home for 6 weeks this summer. So it would be the perfect treat for him… just a little something to say thank you and I love you!

  60. What a fun evening! One year my friends threw me a chocolate party for my birthday because they knew I have a serious obsession/addiction to chocolate. I love Ghiradelli chocolate. I use their chocolate in S’mores when camping. Such a better flavor to me than Hershey’s. I would love to try all their flavors but I’m fairly certain that Midnight Reverie would be my favorite. Thank you!

  61. Sounds like such a fun night! I would love to try the toffee, sea salt or twilight one. Actually they all sound fabulous but when it comes down to it-I’m a toffee girl:)

  62. Mmmm, dark chocolate! What an awesome little gift box and how nice it would be to have an adult time-out. I think I’d most like to try the Sea Salt or the Toffee.

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