Gripping the steering wheel, the tension shot down my neck as yet another car cut in front of me. While the day had not been difficult, it had been long. Beginning before the sun had sent a single ray over the horizon, my odometer logged over 100 miles in errands and child chauffeuring duties as the hours ticked by.
Finally, the last task accomplished, I began the trek home. The tightness in my shoulders eased ever so slightly as my thoughts took the lead, and the pure anticipation of what lay ahead shot a tingle of pleasure though my veins.
Arriving home to the quiet house, a sigh escaped me as I popped the cork and filled my glass half way. More than half a glass and I'd be out for the night, so just half it would be tonight.
Then as suddenly as it had melted away, a slight tension rebounded as I found myself faced with yet one more decision. Would tonight be the Cabernet Matinee or the Twilight Delight? Alternatively, should I break off a square of Hazelnut Heaven? Or would Toffee Interlude be a better choice?
Fumbling for a decision, I did what any overworked mom home alone would do, and scooping up the entire batch along with the half filled glass of wine, I settled myself into the couch along with that elusive tv remote. An evening spent regaining balance and boosting my antioxidants with a couple squares of stress-easing, mood enhancing Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.
Both red wine and dark chocolate, taken in moderation, may have beneficial effects by lowering blood pressure, increasing insulin sensitivity, reducing inflammation, increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL).
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With due diligence, I dutifully tasted each and every Intense Dark Chocolate Bar included in the test package. While the Hazelnut Heaven was indeed heavenly (and I think my personal favorite), I adored the complementing ratio of saltiness to chocolate in the Sea Salt Soiree (a good choice if sipping tequila). The Cabernet Matinee was a tad sweet for my taste, however, I would never turn a piece away. Twilight Delight and Evening Dream became ideal choices when in the mood for pure chocolate decadence, with the Evening Dream every so slightly more velvety. And Toffee Interlude? Well, it worked as a welcomed interlude each and every time.
It's not often that anyone sends me chocolate, and as a life long fan of Ghirardelli's dark versions, I feel ultimately spoiled... and ultimately more balanced. Pampering myself with a few squares each day adds a little bright spot to my busy moments, and brings that much needed touch of indulgence that makes me feel loved.