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.
As I am obsessed with Ghirardelli, any & most likely all of them to try. We live kinda close to San Fran so I’m hoping the hubs surprises me with the tickets for their annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in September. I have always wanted to go, fingers crossed.
I would first like to try the Cabernet Matinee, next the Twilight Delight, then the Sea Salt Soiree. Then, maybe the Evening Dream and the Midnight Reverie.
, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude
I’m a total darkie when it comes to chocolate. Any would be awesome!
ooo I would like to try hazelnut heaven and the sea salt soiree. I think this all sounds like fu-UN! I need to get my girls together…. 🙂
I want to try Toffee Interlude!! Sea Salt Soiree is amazing.
I want the Toffee Interlude and the Midnight Reverie what a wonderful treat that would be.
mmm-I love Ghirardelli, and would love to try Twilight Delight and Sea Salt Soiree…I may have to steal this idea for a chocolate tasting!
I LOVE sea salt and chocolate so sea salt soiree for me!
Definitely toffee interlude and sea salt soiree. Although cabernet matinee sounded interesting, too. Yum!
I think really like toffee. But I’m sure I’d enjoy them all. I love dark chocolate! Thanks ladies!
Midnight Reverie sounds delish, but I love anything with toffee, so Toffee Interlude would be my next choice. Honestly, I’m going to go get some bars at the store tomorrow; I need to escape into a dark chocolate dream like NOW.
They all sound scrumptious, but I would love to try the Hazelnut Heaven!
Anything with sea salt in it calls my name! The toffee one sounds amazing too!
I would love to try Twilight Delight and Toffee Interlude. YUMMY!
I have to choose just one??? LOL I suppose if I must…Midnight Reverie it is:)
I really love chocolate, and love your cute basket idea. I would love to try all the flavors but If I had to pick I would say Midnight Reverie next Sea Salt Soiree, followed by Toffee Interlude.
Sounds like a great party! Would love to try Cabernet Matinee and the Sea Salt Soiree…even the names sound fun!
Pick me, Pick me!!!! The darker the better:)
Sounds like a wonderful time out. I would love to try the Twilight Delight. Thanks for great posts.
Midnight Reverie!! I adore dark chocolate!!
I would LOVE to try Hazelnut Heaven, Sea Salt Soiree, and Toffee Interlude…and a girls night out once in awhile!!
What a great idea for a girls night in! Those gift baskets are so cute and I would absolutely LOVE one and LOVE to copy your idea. I got married in November and the girls from my bridal party have not gotten all together since! 🙁 This would be perfect!
My girls and I would love to taste Evening Dream, Sea Salt Soiree, and/or Toffee Interlude!!!
Ooooo! Sea salt, hazelnut, and toffee! Three things that were meant to go with chocolate! And the best thing about dark chocolate, is I’m the only one who likes it, so I get it all to myself! No sharing with the husband or kids!
I love dark chocolate~ those all sound delicious.
Such a great idea to have a girls night like this! I would love to try the sea salt and the toffee. Yum!
Toffee Interlude sounds interesting.
Sea salt soiree!
Twilight Delight. Because twilight is never delightful in real life when you are getting six boys in bed. P.S. why is it that the school projects require so much adult intervention???? I have to say, I am always excited to see what grade I get on them 🙂