If the comments on this blog are any indication, I apparently make a lot of folks hungry with my frequent food descriptions... and images. So, for today’s “Monday Munchies,” I thought I’d thank all of you for being such amazing followers of my newbie blog with a nice piece of Ghirardelli’s Twilight Dark – an intensely dark chocolate, made from 72% cacao, with just a hint of sweetness. Mmm, so tasty – and a terrific stress reliever to boot (as one clever character, Ginger the tea shop owner, indicated on Come In Character today). So, if you’ve become a follower of this blog, ever left a comment, or just visited once, consider yourself worthy of this yummy piece of chocolate. My only advice is to nibble it slowly... and enjoy every last bite!
Dark chocolate just happens to be one of my and my hubby’s favorite guilty pleasures. We’ve both been eating it for years – so imagine our delight when we heard that there were actually health benefits to consuming dark chocolate. When eaten in moderation, it’s been known to lower blood pressure – and as a potent antioxidant, it can also curb heart disease and other ailments exacerbated by nasty free radicals. No wonder it’s such an amazing stress reliever! So, it’s not just because of the psychological boost.
Perhaps due to such benefits, there’s been a serious manufacturing trend toward dark chocolate these days. Everything from Peanut M&Ms to Snickers now has a dark chocolate version – and Dan and I couldn’t be happier.
So, I hope that you enjoy today’s yummy treat, offered to show appreciation for YOU, my lovely readers. Now, if for some crazy reason, you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, I’ll squelch my desire to beat a little sense into you and instead offer you any other (legal) treat that comes to mind. Let me know what you’d prefer, and I’ll do my best to get it for you. Just bear in mind that I’m in the boonies at the moment, so things like caviar and monkey brains might be hard to come by!
Additional gifts, as requested in the comments section:
Good evening, Steph D. Here's your glass of red wine! I agree that it will go quite nicely with the dark chocolate. As a bonus, I've included a wooden wine stopper from New Orleans. The inscription reads "Laissez les bons temps rouler" - which translates into "Let the good times roll," the unofficial slogan of the Big Easy.
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