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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Thanks to Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for sponsoring today’s discussion. #IntenseDark

328 comments on “Chocolate Pairings and Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Giveaway”

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

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

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