Unwind with a Sweet Treat

Unwind with a Sweet Treat

*This post is sponsored by two of my FAVORITE things- chocolate and wine. Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars, to be specific. However, as always, all opinions are my own*

You know most of the time, I’m on that healthy living train. While I do give myself some freedom to enjoy pizza and chips and queso every now and then..I try to keep my treats reasonable.

One way I love to do this is with individually wrapped treats. It’s impossible to over indulge if you stick to one (or two!).

Recently I was shopping at Walmart and searching for some delicious treats so I could have an indulgence after dinner. I knew Ghirardelli treats were delish. I’ve eaten at their flagship store in San Francisco, and we indulged in some Ghirardelli treats in Vegas, too. You could say I’m a fan.

I found a plethora of beautiful Ghirardelli treats at Walmart! They had the traditional stuff in the candy aisle…

And some fun Valentine treats with the holiday candy. And ya’ll…it’s a great price!

Some of these are a staple in our office.  The ladies I work with keep us well stocked with the Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Squares. And while I love those, I wanted to try something different.

I ended up grabbing a couple bags of their special Valentine flavors (I’m a sucker for seasonal treats!). The white and milk chocolate Valentine’s Impressions caught my eye. I adore white chocolate. And at just 70 calories per square, I could easily have one or two after dinner. The the cute “conversation heart-esque” messages on them are PRECIOUS.  I love you too, chocolate.

I also picked up another bag of seasonal squares for my coworkers. I got the dark chocolate strawberry squares. Since I’m the first one in the office, I figured it would be fun to leave a little sweet treat on their desks before they arrive.

Another one of my favorite indulgences is a glass of wine, especially after a hard day. I love both a good, sweet red and a nice, chilled dry white. And did you know the calories aren’t that bad in wine?  A typical 5 ounce serving of red wine is about 125 calories, and white wine is around 120 calories.

I picked up some Josh Cellars wine and we had a little tasting at home. And let me tell you, it was DELISH.  My favorite was the Legacy- it wasn’t too sweet, but it was fruity and smooth. It paired perfectly with the rich, sweet chocolates. And for an awesome treat of less than 200 calories we enjoyed a glass and a square of chocolate. Can’t beat that! When I want a treat, I want it to be “worth it”- high quality and indulgent. And this pair hit the spot.

Get to your local Walmart and check out their selection of Ghirardelli treats and Josh Cellar wines for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re treating yourself or someone you love, they are a sweet pairing!

I’ll have an awesome Valentine recipe using both of these later this week.

To sweeten the deal, I’m giving away TWO American Express $75 gift cards to two lucky readers! Enter in the widget below.  To enter, you can tweet (once per day), follow Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars, and leave me comments (leave 2 separate ones!) about your favorite chocolate and wine. Winners will be chosen 2/11.  Good luck!

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  1. My favorite Ghiradelli chocolate is the dark chocolate with sea salt

  2. My favorite wines are riesling and merlot

  3. I love the Carmel Ghirardelli! It’s simply divine!!!!

  4. If I am going to indulge in wine, I do prefer red wine!

  5. My favorite Ghiradelli chocolate … Just one?? I love the dark chocolate and sea salt also. But I also love milk chocolate and caramel. And milk chocolate and raspberry. And dark chocolate mint.

  6. I’m not a huge fan of wine, but the one I remember liking the most is is White Zinfandel.

  7. I LOVE all Ghiradella chocolates, paired with a nice Cabernet.

  8. Too many favorites to choose just one, but Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my regular purchases, nice wine at a nice price. Chateau Greysac Medoc in cabinet along with many red blends, whites and Rieslings.

  9. I love daaaaark chocolate with sea salt!! Ghiradelli dark squares with the salted caramel are a fave!

  10. For wine, well – preggo and nursing all the time! lol – but I like to cook with it!! When I *can* have a glass again, I like something on the sweeter side.

  11. My chocolate post disappeared – so here it is again!

    I love all the Ghirardelli chocolates – especially dark chocolate raspberry (can’t wait to try the strawberry), dark chocolate mint, milk chocolate caramel, and sea salt soiree.

  12. My favorite wine changes on the reg, but what I’m drinking right now is Purple Toad’s Lauren’s Blackberry! A specialty I picked up during my last trip to Paducah, KY. I love it because it’s named after me (duh!) jk. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. It has an incredibly rich blackberry flavor. Definitely not a dinner wine, but I love it for a sweet treat at night when I’m reading or catching up on the latest Shonda Rimes episodes.

  13. Favorite Ghirardelli – Milk chocolate and caramel. Hands down.

  14. I just noticed my comments disappeared? 🙁

    I’ll try again! My favorite Ghiradelli chocolates are the dark chocolate caramel sea salt squares!! MMMM!!!

  15. I feel like I’ve been pregnant or breast-feeding for about 5 years straight (actually, yes, that’s actually literally true! wow), so I haven’t been drinking wine, but I like sweet wines! And I like to cook with it! And I like to share it with friends/family when they come for dinner!

  16. I love Ghirardelli chocolates–my favorite are the peppermint crunch ones and the pumpkin spice ganache ones they have during the holidays! :,) But I will take any chocolate given to me, mwuahaha.

  17. As for wine? I LIKE BUBBLES. Champagne. But I also will drink any wine put in front of me. I like drier wines when I’m eating. Something sweet and chilled if I’m just sipping!

  18. I love their white chocolate baking bars! Yummy!

  19. I love Moscato from my favorite local winery.

  20. I like any Ghirardelli chocolates that have caramel in them

  21. I like pink Zinfandel

  22. Bridgett Wilbur

    I love all there chocolate. They are soooo goooood.

  23. Bridgett Wilbur

    My favorite wine is white zinfandel.

  24. Caramel caramel caramel!

  25. I like Moscato.

  26. I like dark chocolate sea salt

  27. Fun giveaway Brittney! My favorite Ghirardelli chocolates are the mint and caramel ones 🙂

  28. I don’t drink hardly ever, but if it’s offered, white wines

  29. I like their caramel filled milk chocolate.

  30. I like red wines best.

  31. I love any dark chocolate sea salt caramel. So yummy!! :0)

  32. My favorite wine, thanks goes to me Daddio for getting me hooked is Moscato. I really like a sweet white wine but on rare occasions I like a sweet red too!

  33. Cassandra Eastman

    My favorite is the milk & caramel!

  34. Cassandra Eastman

    I love sweet red wine!

  35. I don’t have a favorite wine but my favorite of the chocolates is caramel and milk chocolate

  36. I like white wine preferably a chardonnay and I love dark chocolate!

  37. I love their milk caramel chocolates!

  38. I am a big Cab Franc fan as well as a Pinot Noir!

  39. I love the Caramel Ghirardelli

  40. My favorite wine is Moscato

  41. My favorite is Moscato

  42. I love their Raspberry Dark Chocolate! So delicious!

  43. My favorite wine is the Cabernet Sauvignon by Josh Cellars! It is so good with chocolate!

  44. I love the Caramel Chocolate Squares.

  45. I like a nice glass of Merlot.

  46. I love the milk chocolate and caramel squares.

  47. I love Merlot.

  48. shelly peterson

    I like the dark chocolate and mint squares.

  49. shelly peterson

    I like Moscato wine.

  50. I like the chocolate caramel squares.

  51. My favorite kind of chocolate is milk chocolate. I won’t turn any away, but I prefer milk.

  52. I am not a big drinkers, but I prefer red wine because it seems sweeter to me.

  53. I like Ghirardelli dark chocolate! kraftmaking at gmail dot com

  54. Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite.

  55. My favorite type of Ghirardelli chocolate is the Milk and Caramel Squares 🙂

  56. My favorite type of wine is Chardonnay 🙂

  57. Heather Hayes Panjon

    My Favorite Type Of Ghirardelli Chocolate Is Dark.

  58. Heather Hayes Panjon

    My Favorite Type Of Wine Is Merlot.

  59. I like Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares.

  60. I like Sauvignon Blanc wine.

  61. Its hard to pick a favorite Ghirardelli because they are all so good. I like the ones with caramel filling best probably

  62. I love their caramel chocolate.

  63. I like the milk chocolate and caramel squares and the milk chocolate nuts squares.

  64. I rarely drink wine because I never know what to buy. I prefer red.

  65. I like the Ghiradelli raspberry squares.

  66. I like merlot.

  67. My son and I are a fan of the Dark and Raspberry!

  68. I love dry red wines. Merlot is one of the favorites.

  69. My favorite type of Ghiradelli chocolate is Dark chocolate with raspberries.

  70. My favorite wine is anything that is light and has a slight fruity taste.

  71. I like their Dark Mint Chocolate.

  72. Merlot is my favorite.

  73. I like the Carmel Ghirardelli

  74. I like Moscato wine

  75. I am a fan of many whites 🙂

  76. The question is really – what chocolate don’t I like? I will always FIRST grab Milk Chocolate, but I’m a fan of all chocolates 🙂

  77. My favorite is the milk chocolate w/toffee.

  78. I like Pinot Noir.

  79. I love the Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Squares

  80. I love a glass of old vine Zinfandel. My favorite is Cline.

  81. I LOVE their dark chocolate squares with caramel and sea salt!

  82. My favorite wine is pinot noir and also I just found that red blends are awsesome!

  83. My favorite is their caramel chocolate!

  84. I love the caramel filled squares

  85. My favorite type of wine is Cabernet Savignon!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  86. My favorite is their Milk Chocolate filled with Caramel Squares.

  87. Oh I really love their Dark Chocolate with White Mint Squares! So good!

  88. Oh I would have to say my favorite wine is Chardonnay!

  89. Leigh Anne Borders

    My favorite wine is a good merlot!

  90. Leigh Anne Borders

    My favorite chocolate is the caramel chocolate!

  91. My favorite Ghiradelli chocolate is milk chocolate filled with caramel!

  92. My favorite wine is Chardonnay!

  93. I love the peppermint squares.

  94. My favorite wine is merlot.

  95. I love Ghirardelli chocolate. My favorite is Milk chocolate & Caramel

  96. I like dark mint chocolate.

  97. I like pinot grigio wine.

  98. I love the raspberry ghiradelli squares

  99. i love the 86% cacao! so yummy

  100. not a fan of wine. Ill stick with my water kefir lol

  101. My favorite is the Carmel Ghirardelli.

  102. My favorite type of white is a Zinfadel.

  103. I like the milk chocolate with caramel

  104. When I drink I prefer white

  105. My favorite ghiradhelli chocolate is dark chocolate with mint. Decadent!

  106. My favorite wine is mascoto and Riesling.

  107. I love dark chocolate so my favorite is the Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Bar.

  108. I don’t have a favorite wine as I cannot drink it; I only drink water and on occasion, drink coffee.

  109. My favorite is the Milk Chocolate Brownie Bar.

  110. My favorite wine is Merlot!

  111. My favorite is Milk and Caramel Squares.
    thank you

  112. I enjoy White Zinfandel wine.
    It goes well with so many things!

  113. My favorite is the Toffee Crunch Squares! They are so good!

  114. I love the caramel squares.

  115. My favorite type of wine is Moscato.

  116. I like the dark chocolate and caramel squares

  117. I like German white wines and especially German Riesling.

  118. My favorite type is the milk chocolate flavor.

  119. I like red wine.

  120. I like white Ghirardelli chocolate

  121. My favorite is Dark Chocolate & Caramel

  122. My favorite wine is Pinot Grigio

  123. I like Ghirardelli dark chocolate!

  124. I like Moscato wine

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