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Self Indulgence

4.09.2014

I'm a firm believer in a daily self indulgence. Everyone needs to be treated. We work hard enough, we should enjoy the small things that bring us joy. For me it's usually a bubble bath, fresh flowers, a small shopping spree or even reading a book, which hasn't happened in ages. But some nights call for a bigger treat. Something craftier. Something creative. Different.

It was one of those nights. 
I was in a mood. Nothing sounded good. I was digging through my cabinets like a mad woman slamming cabinet doors searching for what sounded appealing. Just when I was about to give up I decided to search the freezer. The place where all long lost items collect. Leftover meals, excess meats, opened sauces. And most importantly, sherbert. *cue the angles in Heaven singing*
I was praising Jesus, doing my little happy dance when I saw that precious container of mango sherbert in the freezer. Instantly the wheels started turning.
Smoothie? No.  
Fresh fruit? No.

Dark chocolate? Ding, ding, ding!
I always keep a secret stash, I can't tell you where, the hubs might be reading, of Ghirardelli 72% Intense Dark chocolate. Obviously you never know when a mood is going to strike or mother nature will dig her sharp claws into you. You have to be prepared. And thankfully I was. 

Fun fact: I only eat dark chocolate. I think Hershey's milk chocolate or any milk chocolate tastes like cardboard. 
Another fun fact: I've never tasted cardboard, I'm only guessing.
This pairing was genius and heavenly if I don't say so myself. Who needs FroYo when I can make tasty treats at home?

Ghirardelli keeps blowing my mind with the amazing flavors they create, but this Twilight Delight has to be my favorite. Until they come up with 99.9% dark. Then I'll probably pass out into a chocolate coma for eternity.

So tell me, what would you pair with your dark chocolate? Red wine, peanut butter, raspberries, sea salt, caramel, bacon? Hey, I've seen it all done before! The bacon one I'm still not really sure about. Share your pairing on Instagram using #IntenseDark or upload it straight to Ghirardelli's Intense Dark Chocolate Website here so Ghirardelli can see your pairing!

Thank you Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for sponsoring this post. Of course, my opinions are my own.
22 comments on "Self Indulgence"
  1. I've found 85% dark chocolate at Aldi's, probably not as good as Ghirardeilli"s but its prepackaged into pretty reasonable size pieces to make me happy at night when I need a little sweet in my life. I love to put a little natural peanut butter on it.. yum!! I may have to try the sherbet though!

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  2. Now I want chocolate. It's a good thing I keep some out in a bowl on my table :P I'll pair chocolate with just about anything, but I love this idea of the sherbet!

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  3. Of course we both have a thing for dark choc. My kindergartners knew my specific love for dark chocolate and wouldn't bring me any other kind on Valentine's/my bday/etc. LOVE IT. LOVE US.

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  4. It is so important to treat ourselves!! Like a little pat on the back for getting through another day and saying to ourselves the slipups aren't so bad!! I prefer salty treats though lol

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  5. I LOVE dark chocolate--I'm like you, milk chocolate just doesn't do it for me. And, bonus, Angel hates dark chocolate so he'll never steal it from me!

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  6. Milk chocolate tastes like feet. I love to eat dark chocolate and popcorn or pretzels. The salty/sweet thing really does it for me :)

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  7. YUM!! Dark chocolate really is the best and you only need a few bites to feel like you indulged!! Love it with some wine and great magazine or show on to relax!!

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  8. Thanks.. it's only 8 a.m. and I'm craving chocolate! ;)

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  9. YUM! I always keep a dark chocolate stash on hand too, and it's usually this same one. The darker the better to me :)

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  10. I think I'd share the chocolate and go for just wine and cheese (not a sweets girl!?)

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  11. I'm not much of a dark chocolate girl, unless it is in certain candy bars. I'm more of a milk chocolate or white chocolate girl :-)

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  12. this totally goes with my post today of saying "yes" sometimes! ha. sometimes you just need to say "yes" to indulging! hahaha.

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  13. I was gifted a bag of the 72% Intense Dark chocolate from Ghirardelli and LOVE them. Thankfully, my husband can't stand dark chocolate so I don't have to hide them, other than from myself! I've never had mango sherbert, sounds like a yummy combo though.

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  14. You're too funny :) I actually don't love dark chocolate...I think it tastes like cardboard and that milk chocolate is great. Haha! I did eat some trail mix today that had dark chocolate chips in it that was pretty good though. Maybe I need to try the Ghirardelli kind and my mind will change!

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  15. That looks so good! I love dark chocolate!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  16. i could use some right now. and it's not even 9 am yet!

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  17. I used to hate dark chocolate and have grown to love it as much as I grew to love red wine over sweet wine. Love Ghirradehlli's sea salt an caramel dark chocolate. And I'm curious, what did you sprinkle on your sherbet? Is that black pepper?!

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    1. Never mind. It's obviously slivers of the chocolate. I thought it was something different like bacon and chocolate or something! #needtoputinmycontacts

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