I'm sure my readers in the USA have heard of Ghirardelli chocolate. You can find their bags of square treats throughout the year in candy aisles and their baking morsels in the baking section of any major grocery store and most chain discount stores like Target or Kmart. During the holidays they put out decorated bags and special boxes and tins of the same chocolates. They sent me, your Chocolate Priestess six — yes, six — different Valentine's Day offerings. I checked, and I could find these in a half dozen stores within two miles of my house. So if your week has been crazy busy and you are panicking this morning, read this and then go out to find a gift for your loved one.
I'm going to start with the smallest sample and work my way up to the biggest offering Ghirardelli sent. When I first encounter a flavor of chocolate I'll reveal it in full sensory form, as you have come to expect. After that I'll only mention that this flavor is in the package. In total, I have 8 flavors to describe to you and six products. To lay this out as neatly as I can, I'll do headers for the product along with a photo or two and then a paragraph per flavor review when I first reveal it to you.
One note about the trans fat in some of these flavors. Based on the combinations of each Valentine's Day container, I think the flavors you might want to think a bit longer about before eating are the dark chocolate ones. I love dark chocolate, and you know at 60-70% cocoa and up (studies are saying different things) it can be healthy. Trans fat is never healthy, so I can't recommend the dark chocolate varieties beyond their flavor. As with all chocolate, remember: Moderation and Purposefulness. Considering all the factors for Valentine's Day, I'd personally go with the White Heart box of Luxe variety.
It isn't too late to find quality and decently priced mass produced chocolate for your sweetheart. You can find that in any of these Ghirardelli products if you go today, because tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and then it may be too late. Or if the dates doesn't matter so much, be on the lookout for their products throughout the year.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.