Chocolate Pairings and Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Giveaway


Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Chocolate Bars are the ultimate indulgence.

I’ll never say no to chocolate on its own, but when it’s paired with other complementary foods and drinks, it can be even better.

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Some of my perfect pairings with Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate include nuts, dried fruit, and trail mix.

And a little red wine never hurt.

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Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate is premium, intense, slow-melting dark chocolate with complex flavors. There’s 8 flavors to enjoy:

• 72% Twilight Delight
• Sea Salt Soiree
• 86% Midnight Reverie
• 60% Cacao Evening Dream
• Cabernet Matinee
• Hazelnut Heaven
• Toffee Interlude
• Cherry Tango

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I like pairing chocolate with nuts because you get smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet with crunchy and slightly salty.

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I’m a big fan of salty-and-sweet pairings.

One brings out and accentuates the other, which is why a pinch of salt in dessert recipes can go a long way in rounding out and maximizing all the flavors present.

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And I love bite-sized, snacky foods, like trail mix and yogurt-covered pretzels paired with chocolate.

Crunchy, munchy, with melt-in-your mouth and oh so good.

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Dried fruit is excellent with chocolate. The chewiness and sweetness of the fruit is in contrast to the sleekness and refined bitterness of dark chocolate. Dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, blueberries, or strawberries are some of my favorites.

Medjool dates truly are nature’s candy and when stuffed with a dollop of peanut butter and a hunk of chocolate, I can’t resist .

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It’s such a simple snack that has so much going on in one bite. Chewy, dense, creamy, salty-and-sweet, rich and so satisfying.

I eat these before a run, after yoga, before dinner, or as a midnight snack. I pack them in lunches and they’re one of our favorite chocolate pairings.

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But perhaps my favorite chocolate pairing is a glass of wine after a long day and a nibble of chocolate.

The simple things are usually the best.

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Ghirardelli wants to hear what you would pair their #IntenseDark Chocolate with.

One winner will receive a supply of Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Chocolate Bars.

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Please visit this page first for other pairing ideas and inspiration, then come back to enter the giveaway.

Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to reply, at which point another winner will be selected if winner does not reply.

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328 Responses to “Chocolate Pairings and Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Giveaway”

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    Renae — April 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

    dark chocolate and raspberry!

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    Brenda German — April 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Toffee Interlude and Cream Sherry. Mmmmmm

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    Beth Cato — April 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Frangelico and Hazelnut Heaven and figs.

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    Itnuit Janovitz — April 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I love dark chocolate and red wine.

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    Kristen — April 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Toffee Interlude would be delicious with a cup of cafe au lait.

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    Kristen — April 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    Michelle — April 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    SEA SALT SOIREE

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    Bree K — April 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Dark chocolate and a jar of peanut butter…my sinful treat!

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    kelly nicholson — April 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    First go to this link for chocolate pairing inspiration, and then leave a comment below sharing what your perfect pairing for dark chocolate is.

    toffee or peanut butter…thanks

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    Isabel Formoso — April 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Ooh I love eating some salty cheese, like an aged extra sharp white cheddar and red wine and dark chocolate!

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    Sarah Shanahan — April 20, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Um more chocolate? A lot of times I have white chocolate with my dark chocolate, and I must admit, I love the eating the cabernet bar with the toffee bar. However chocolate makes me thirsty, so usually fruit (apples, raspberries, strawberries) is a perfect match with dark chocolate.

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    Sarah L. — April 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Dark chocolate and college textbooks: the chocolate takes the edge off of the required readings :)

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    Brittany — April 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Dark chocolate and raspberries

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    Maggie — April 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Dark chocolate and peanut butter!

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    Em @ Love A Latte — April 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Dark chocolate and almonds are fantastic together!!!

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    Avital Spiegel — April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Oh my….Intense dark with fresh fruit..especially strawberries and raspberries!! YUM!

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    Nicole Latona — April 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    i like to pair chocolate with fruit :)

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    Hannah R — April 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Toffee Interlude sounds amazing! I also like to eat chocolate paired with a latte!

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    Shelby — April 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

    There is nothing like dark chocolate with sea salt and intense wine or grape juice.

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    jen — April 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    dark chocolate and cherries!

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    Geeni — April 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I like it with pomegranate seeds.

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    Sarah — April 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I would enjoy the Twilight Delight with warm black tea as Chiradelli suggests … but even more importantly I would combine it all with a warm blanket and a good book on a chilly evening!

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    Olivia G. — April 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Dark Chocolate Sea salt with a good beer.

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    Aymen — April 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hazelnut Heaven or Toffee Interlude with a glass of milk. Yum!

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    Emily — April 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    PeAnUt BuTter!!!

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    Stephanie — April 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    dark chocolate with coconut! maybe macaroons dipped in dark chocolate…. mmmm.

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    Karen D — May 11, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Just wondering if you’d picked a winner yet. Thanks

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