You know the feeling... it's 2 PM, almost time for school pick up, and in the back of your mind that little chocolate thought begins to bop about your brain. Try as you might to ignore it, that little thought grows into a big thought and before you know it you are plowing through the "we don't need any sweets because we are losing weight to go on vacation" pantry, searching for any left over pieces of chocolate which may be hiding in the back corners. Unfortunately, your plan to not resupply the chocolate (because if it is there you will eat it) is driving you into a craving frenzy and you begin kicking yourself as the doorbell rings.
Foodbuzz and Ghirardelli have asked that we try the chocolates with different drink pairing and suggest our favorites. I have to admit that my first taste of the dark chocolate, which we all know is actually healthy for us in moderation, was not paired with anything but pure gratification and bliss. With my world back in working order I proceeded with school pickup and the rest of my day was balanced and went well.
In a more balanced frame of mind the next morning (and for research purposes only...) I added a few squares of the Twilight Delight, 72% cacao, alongside my morning coffee. A little coffee, a little chocolate. A perfect pairing. The individually wrapped squares make it easy to stop at a piece or two and any chocolate cravings are warded off and a balanced day is begun.
Even before I had read recent studies stating that scientists have come to the conclusion the a limited amount of dark chocolate and red wine consumed together may actually be good for the brain, enhancing its capacities of resolving complex matters, I had been enjoying the two paired together. A small piece of Intensely Dark Midnight Reverie, 86% cacao, worked wonders as my husband and I relaxed after finishing up the dishes. Once again, both in moderation can be a good thing.
|Salted chocolates and grilled cheese... a perfect pairing!|
The saltiness of the chocolate directly after a sip of quality, aged tequila really did hit the spot. Again, as is much in life, moderation in both is indeed required. But a little of each is enough to relax and satisfy your sweet tooth without using up too many calories.
Thank you to Ghirardelli and the Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program for including us in your taste test. You truly saved the the day when my chocolate cravings were at their strongest, and with a little piece here and little piece there I've kept a good balance in life.