May 2012

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven

A delicious and affordable treat made by a classic American chocolate company

Ghirardelli's "Intense Dark" line seems to be aimed at the market of people who love Ghirardelli's creamy milk chocolate, but feel like they should try branching out into dark chocolate - probably because of the antioxidants. They are bars which are legitimately dark chocolate, but without many of the bitter notes that tend to turn off the uninitiated. They also have a surprisingly high milkfat content, which makes them creamier than most dark chocolates.
If you like your dark chocolate to be crisp, to snap when you break it and crumble in your mouth, then this is probably not the bar for you. It is much creamier than many dark chocolates, and it has a lot more hazelnut bits than a purist might look for.
As with all Ghirardelli chocolates, the appearance is outstanding. Each bar is formed of tablets that are about 1 inch square, with a brilliant glossy finish. (In fact, the finish on this square was so mirror-like that I had trouble photographing it; it kept wanting to reflect back the view from the window above it.) And stamped with the Ghirardelli seal and eagle.