I 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.
Sara 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.
I 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.
I think the general consensus was that Twilight Delight was the favorite for dipping.
I also had a cake stand loaded with bars of chocolate for us to try out.
Toffee Interlude was probably the favorite of the night, followed by Sea Salt Soiree.
No, 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.
and 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.
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.
I am all about the Sea Salt Soiree. Sounds delicious!
I love the 86% dark cocoa. I didn’t realize it had such a wonderful name. I think the one I am most interested in trying is the Toffee Interlude. I love Ghiradelli Chocolates!
I woulld love to try the evening dream, toffee or sea salt. It looks like it was a fun night!
Definitely Sea Salt – I love a sweet salty combo:)
The Toffee sounds fantastic! So does Sea Salt! More importantly, so does the free time with friends. That sounds like so much fun!
I would love the Hazelnut I am sure!
Sea Salt Soiree sounds amazing!
I would love the caramel or the toffee!
I would love to try Hazelnut Heaven and Toffee Interlude! Yummm!!
I love Ghirardelli’s chocolate. They are the perfect escape. I really want to try Sea Salt Soiree and Twilight Delight! Both sound amazing!
i LOVE dark chocolate so any of them i would try but i also LOVE toffee so i must say i would reach for the toffee interlude first!
Twilight Delight and Sea Salt Soiree are amazing! But for new ones, I’d probably try Cabernet matinee and Hazelnut Heaven
Hazelnut Heaven sounds like, well, heaven! I think the Sea Salt might be pretty tasty, too.
You can’t beat toffee! But I am a true chocolate lover and love even super dark chocolate.
hazelnut haven for sure!
any of them, but if I must chose, Hazelnut Heaven
I would like to try the Sea Salt or the Cabernet Matinee. What a good friend you are to put all of that together!
What a fun party. I can’t think of a better product to get to try and taste and enjoy. I am sure everyone is so glad that you included them in this yummy endeavor. I think all chocolate is great. I would love to put to the test which is best. Looking forward to a cute and delicious gift basket. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and include some chocolate too.
sea salt and toffee please!!!
Oooh, Sea Salt Soiree, Cabernet Matinee, and Hazelnut Heaven all sound wonderful!
Toffee Interlude please! So fun.
I’m a hazelnut girl all the way!!
WOW! One thing that will send me to my happy place quicker than anything else is chocolate! I luv it all, dark, milk, white. They are all welcome here! I would especially love to try the Sea Salt Soiree and Toffe Interlude. Huge toffee fan and since time for myself has been a lost commodity lately, I can’t imagine a better way to make it happen! Thanks so much girls!!
Twilight, Seasalt, and Toffee. Yum! That party looks like a lot of fun, and those giveaway baskets are awesome.
hazelnut heaven or toffee! can’t decide!
Would you judge me and think me totally greedy if I said I want to try all of them??! I have a total weakness for Ghirardelli! I’ve had the super dark stuff before (love love) soI would say the Cabernet, toffee, or hazelnut, for good measure. There’s a Ghirardelli inside of California Adventure and they hand out free samples so every time we go we pretend that we’ve NEVER tried their chocolate before, peruse the shop, and leave. Because that’s how we roll. Ghirardelli junkies!
That looks so fun!
I have tried the Sea Salt Soiree and it is amazing and the Toffee interlude is delish. I haven’t seen the Hazelnut Heaven yet! I love anything hazelnut.
Sea Salt Soiree sounds divine!
Definitely the Toffee Interlude and Hazelnut Heaven.