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’d love to try the hazelnut or the toffee. Yummy yummy!
I would like to try the Midnight Reverie and the Toffee Interlude. Toffee is one of my favorites and I am up for trying as dark as a chocolate can get!
Ummm, does that mean we have to pick just *one* flavor to try?? If I have to I’d pick the Midnight Reverie, I like chocolate as dark as I can get it, but honestly, they all sound sensational!
I would love to try the toffee interlude!
Ghirardelli chocolate is my favorite chocolate. Twilight delight is great but I would like to try Hazelnut Heaven it sounds interesting. Great idea for a party and giveaway!
Salt and chocolate, my favorite combo! I would love to try Sea Salt Soiree, Hazelnut Heaven, and Toffee Interlude. Although I think they all sound amazing.
Yummmm….Hazelnut and Sea Salt for me!
I would LOVE to try these two: Twilight Delight and Hazelnut Heaven. I think the chocolate isle at the store is calling my name.
Midnight Reverie and Toffee Interlude. Mmmmm. I have a bunch of friends in my apt complex and we gather every Thurs night for a few hours to watch girlie movies (Downton, Jane Austen movies, other BBC stuff) and chat. We all have really small kids and babies and it’s heaven once a week!
Hazelnut hands down, please! 🙂
Oh, Sea Salt Soiree sounds absolutely divine!
I love chocolate. I’d want to try the toffee one.
What a great idea! I might have to have a chocolate party. Dark chocolate of any kind is wonderful but I would have to try the Toffee then the twilight.
Count me in! I would LOVE to try Cabernet Matinee, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude!!!
What a fun friend you are. I would love to try Sea Salt Soiree and Twilight Delight. Delicious!
Yes! Count me in! I’d love to try Midnight Reverie (86% cacao), Evening Dream (60% cacao), Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude. Actually, I’d love to try all six of them if possible!
I’d like to try the Sea Salt Soiree or Toffee….even better if the two flavors were together.
Please more chocolate!
I’d love to try the toffee one! Can’t resist that caramely crunch!
Sea Salt Soiree or Midnight Reverie, but really any of them would be great!
How to choose?! They all sound amazing. Slightly leaning towards Sea Salt Soiree, but the Toffee Interlude and Hazelnut Heaven sound so good too. Any of them would be wonderful
All of the flavors sound decadent, but I’m a sucker for sea salt on my sweets. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!
They all sound amazing, but I think I’d go for Hazelnut Heaven, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude first 🙂
Chocolate + girls night in =priceless! Sea Salt Soiree sounds like a must try for me!
I’d love to try Twilight Delight. I’m a big fan of Ghiradelli and this would be a real treat. Thanks for the opportunity!
So fun! Toffee Interlude sounds heavenly!
I definitely want to try the Sea Salt Soiree!
Looks fun and delicious! I would love to try the Twilight Dream and Toffee. Yum!
I would love to try the hazelnut heaven for sure!
I’d love the toffee or sea salt flavors. Mmmm! Thanks for the giveaway!