The Ghirardelli “Indulge Yo’self” Gourmet Milk Chocolate Giveaway

by Shawanda Greene

Three Bars of Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk ChocolateToday is the day for the Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Chocolate™ Giveaway. (You don’t have to say it. I know that rhyme is lame. It was completely unintentional.)

About a week or so ago, I received six bars of chocolate from Ghirardelli.

There were two flavors of each: Sea Salt Escape™, Coconut Rendezvous™, and Creamy Devotion™.

My original idea was to try the three different flavors and give the remaining three away.

Well, things didn’t quite work out as planned.

Sea Salt Escape

Remember when sea salt was only popular amongst vegan hippies? I mean, exactly what is their beef with iodized salt?

Even though I keep my pantry stocked with a 5 year old carton of Morton table salt, over the last year or so, I’ve taken a liking to sea salt. Now I’m cooking with the stuff. One of my favorite desserts is sea salt gelato. I’m at the point where I’ll try almost anything that has sea salt in it.

You know what else I like? Nutsssss! They’re a staple in my household. Which is a shame because they’re so darn expensive.

Imagine my excitement when I discovered Sea Salt Escape – milk chocolate with sea salt AND almonds.

That first bar didn’t stand a chance. I demolished it in less than 24 hours.

Within the next 24 hour period, I ate the other bar of Sea Salt Escape.

A few days later, I went to Target to replace the second bar so that I had one to include in the giveaway.

As I write this, there is no Sea Salt Escape in my apartment.

Nevertheless, I will make sure the winner receives one.

Coconut Rendezvous

I don’t like coconut.

I don’t like the flavor.

I don’t like the way it feels in my mouth.

But surprisingly, Coconut Rendezvous worked for this coconut hater. I expected chewy flakes of coconut, but what I got was more of a crisped rice, sugar crystal like texture.

There’s no way I’d ever choose it over Sea Salt Escape, but it’s good.

Creamy Devotion

Personally, chocolate by itself isn’t my favorite. There’s something about a smooth, creamy substance combined with hard, crunchy goodness that I find disturbingly satisfying.

What I’m trying to saying about Creamy Devotion is…I’ll eat it.

If you missed it, check out my post on how to make homemade chocolate covered strawberries. For those, I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate morsels. (Ew!  I said “morsels.” What a dirty sounding word.)

Giveaway Details

  • U.S. residents only. You know I’m not paying international postage rates.
  • I will notify the winner via email. You have 48 hours to respond before I move on to the next person.
  • The submission deadline is Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There are four ways to enter. Please use the form below.
    1. Follow me on Twitter (5 points)
    2. Like the You Have More Than You Think Facebook page (5 points)
    3. Tweet about the giveaway (10 points)
    4. Read Eight Ways to Upgrade Your Finances in 2012. Then, leave a comment below letting me know what small splurges you enjoy. (10 points)

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Toy Lady February 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Well, I'm not sure if I was supposed to comment here or at the other article. . . but here you go: I like to splurge on a nice bottle of wine now and then to enjoy with a home-cooked dinner.

Also, I'm like Hipster Kitty – I "liked" you on Facebook before it was cool. :)


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Rats! I've updated the post to clarify.

Thanks for pointing out the ambiguity AND liking me when no one else cared to. *tear*


Debbie C February 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

My splurge is every once in a while, I swear, I spend a whole night shopping online. Mostly it's researching and comparing,dreaming but there's a lot of buying in there too.


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I'll often add stuff to my Amazon shopping cart that I really want (at least I want it at the time I add it). Either I'll forget about it and never buy it or wait until I accumulate enough items to qualify for free shipping. Either way, I feel like I'm being responsible. Right now, I've started adding ingredients to my basket to make homemade lip balm. I got a feeling I'm pushing the "Place your order" button on those however.


crankymommy February 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Small splurges: lip balm. LOVE. Coffee.


Toy Lady February 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Oh, yes coffee! I buy really good, locally roasted beans at our public market, and we only break them out on the weekends. The rest of the time, it's Folgers (or whatever).


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I try to catch Dunkin Donuts, Seattle's Best, or Eight O' Clock on sale. I'm currently working on a holiday themed bag of Dunkin Donuts brand coffee. I hadn't really considered Folgers as an option, but now that you mention it, I think I'll give it a try if nothing else is on sale. It can't be more disgusting than the stuff I've drank from Panera or my local coffee shop.


Toy Lady February 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I get it at Sam's Club in the BIG cans. They're not even really cans, they're more like. . . tubs. Big ones. The only thing that beats the price is some not-too-awful brand from Walmart that I just discovered. Our store-brand has a decent French roast that's almost as good as Sam's price – I don't mind spending the extra few cents a pound if I'm not in Sam's for anything else.


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You're a fan of lip balm too? The stuff is amazing! I'm partial to Blistex, but the stuff I get from my dentist's office is the best.


crankymommy February 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I got Bonne Bell's Coca Cola Lip Smackers as a Christmas Gift. It's my current fave over some pricier brands.


MLISunderstanding February 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I get my nails done by someone else, because I don't have the coordination or patience to do them myself. It makes me feel pampered, and I am inspired to dress up more, which also makes me feel good about myself. It's still a small splurge, because I refuse to pay more in my urban area than $15 for a manicure including tip, and if I don't have the extra cash on hand, it's something I can skip without big consequences. (But missing a manicure or two is a good incentive to keep me well-behaved and saving!)


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

First, thank you for commenting. I visited your blog and found myself amused by it. Particularly your "About Me" page. That hardly ever happens.

Also, I wanted to track my progress with The 100-Hour Project (see blog post I wrote a few days ago) using a fund raising type thermometer but was too lazy to look for one. Your blog put one right in my face. So, thank you for that too.


MLISunderstanding February 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Sweet! Glad I could help.

I was thinking about the 100-Hour Project this week. Part of me feels like adding anything to my full plate is just asking for stress, but I do have this one idea. It's free, it's done on my own time, and it increases my employability: http://www.codecademy.com


Shawanda February 8, 2012 at 6:23 PM

*Screaaam!!!* I've heard about them, and I think it's a fantastic idea! There are a lot of time intensive, yet free, ways to increase your income. You just gotta put in the work.


Marie February 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Small splurge: Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix (so, basically, I agree that they make fabulous chocolate products). It is pricier than something like Swiss Miss, but it lasts a long time and is 1,000x better. I buy the Double Chocolate flavor – so much chocolatey goodness!


Julie February 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM

My small splurges: fancy Greek yogurt or chocolate brands. I know, livin' on the edge.


meredith February 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

my splurge is buying jellybelly jelly beans occasionally. they are so much better than all the other kinds!!!


Keisha February 8, 2012 at 10:28 PM

My small splurges are redbox movies :)


LaTisha February 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

My splurge is buying chocolate from Godiva! :)


Andrew February 11, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Sea salt on chocolate? First I'd heard about it, but sounds crazy good. Too bad I came late to the party.


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