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.


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

And a little red wine never hurt.


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


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


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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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  1. dark chocolate and raspberry!

  2. Toffee Interlude and Cream Sherry. Mmmmmm

  3. Frangelico and Hazelnut Heaven and figs.

  4. I love dark chocolate and red wine.

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


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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. Dark chocolate and raspberries

  13. Dark chocolate and peanut butter!

  14. Dark chocolate and almonds are fantastic together!!!

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

  16. i like to pair chocolate with fruit :)

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

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

  19. dark chocolate and cherries!

  20. I like it with pomegranate seeds.

  21. 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!

  22. Dark Chocolate Sea salt with a good beer.

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

  24. PeAnUt BuTter!!!

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

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

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