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 want them all please! Twilight delight if I really have to pick.
All of them, but I’d probably want to try the Sea Salt Soiree and the Toffee Interlude first.
Now that I’ve wiped up my drool…the Twilight Delight. I love dark chocolate – but not as much as my husband. And the sea salt one would be so much fun. Thanks!
Evening dream, toffe interlude, hazelnut heaven. Or maybe all evening dream bc I love to use ghirardelli for baking.
Hmmm..probably ALL of them. But if I had to choose then toffee and hazelnut for me!
The toffee would be my first try then the cabernet. With 5 kids i would love a little me time.
Sea Salt Soiree. Love sea salt & chocolate.
Sounds delish! But I would be all over the Hazelnut Heaven and Sea Salt Soiree! Thanks for the giveaway!
Mmmm Sea Salt Soiree, sounds delicious!
Sea Salt Soiree sounds divine!
Definitely Hazelnut Heaven! Ugh sounds so so good!
I would LOVE to try the toffee interlude! Looks like you all had a great time!
Toffee Interlude please!
Oh my goodness, I need to try the Sea Salt Soiree! I love salty, sweet. I also really want to try the Cabernet Matinee. they all sound so yummy.
I would love to try Twilight Delight and Toffee Interlude. Sounds delicious!
What a fun party! I’m a sucker for all things hazelnut, so I’d opt for Hazelnut Heaven. Not that I’m a chocolate snob and would turn down any type of chocolate.
The Toffee flavor sounds so tasty!!
Twilight Delight, definitely. 72% is just about the perfect amount of cacao for my taste. Oh man, I’m drooling just typing this!
I’d love to try evening dream!
The baskets are adorable! I think my favorites would be the hazelnut, sea salt, and toffee! Thank you!
sea salt soiree and toffee interlude, please! two of my very favorite flavors!!!
Hazelnut and sea salt for sure!!! I love good chocolate!
Oooh, Toffee Interlude sounds delicious!
They all sound amazing! But I think the toffee, hazelnut, and evening ones sound the
best :-). The sea salt slings really interesting!
I’d love to try midnight reverie! I’m a dark chocolate type of girl 🙂
Sea salt soirée is a definite must for me!
Toffee Interlude and Hazelnut Heaven – sound really great!
And, that party is an awesome idea! I think I need to do that 🙂
What a great giveaway. I love dark chocolate… I would love to try the Cabernet Matinee and the Twilight Delight. I’m always looking for new flavors and brands to try. I must confess I keep a couple of dark chocolate bars in my office drawer just in case I’m feeling a little stressed.
The Toffee and Sea Salt, yum!
What a fun evening! I’ll have to try it soon, and I think it would be a neat idea for a YW activity!
I’d try the Cabernet Matinee because it’s the only one I haven’t tried. Love Ghiridelli and love dark chocolate!