Ghirardelli Chocolate S’mores, Wine + A Giveaway

written by Julie Cohn

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What happens when you celebrate a birthday, a wedding anniversary, and the Super Bowl all in one weekend?   In my house you get a festive gathering with lots of friends, food, wine, and Ghirardelli Chocolate S’mores – a sweet pairing!

{This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars Wine but my opinions are 100% my own.}

Friends, Wine, & Ghirardelli Chocolate

While at coffee with a friend a few weeks ago, she mentioned my upcoming birthday.   We talked about getting together for the Super Bowl, and as my birthday and wedding anniversary were the same weekend, my family decided to have one big party to celebrate all our events together with friends. With everyone together, I knew this would also be the perfect chance for me to thank those ladies whose friendships are so important to me – – the girlfriends who nurture me, keep me sane, and give me the occasional reality check.  What better way to show my friends I care about them than with a small gesture of wine, chocolate, and roses!

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I popped over to my local Walmart to pick up supplies for our party and as happens every single time I am at a Walmart, I got sucked into the holiday section.  (Is there an invisible vortex?) I noticed Walmart had several new Ghirardelli gift packages for Valentine’s Day, including large and small heart-shaped gift boxes, with truffles and squares inside. Ghirardelli chocolates make great gifts, so I grabbed a few gift boxes to give to my friends, plus a few more for my husband and son for Valentine’s Day.

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While perusing the wine section, I noticed that Walmart now carries Josh Cellars wines.  Josh Cellars is known for making high quality wines at reasonable prices, so I was delighted to see it available at Walmart.

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At the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, the Josh Cellars Cabernet received a 96 point rating and the 2013 Pinot Noir received a 95 point rating, so these are quality wines, yet at about $12.00 a bottle at Walmart, they are an affordable luxury.  The Josh Cellars Cab happens to be one of my favorite wines, and pairs so nicely with chocolate, so I stocked up on several bottles to keep for myself share at the party.

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As I readied the food for our party, I decided to incorporate Ghirardelli chocolates into a dessert, but wanted to do something different than the usual cupcakes or brownies. What about s’mores??  They are quick and easy to make, I could make them in the oven instead of outside, and could individualize the s’mores based on each guests chocolate preference.  Brilliant!

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This idea turned out to be more brilliant than I realized.  One guest wanted a dark mint chocolate s’more.  Several wanted milk chocolate caramel s’mores, and I had about six orders for Dark chocolate and strawberry.  Everyone loved the idea of having their own flavor s’mores fresh from the oven.  For scientific purposes only (of course) I tried two different flavors–a dark chocolate and sea salt caramel, and a dark chocolate raspberry.  Oh my goodness!!

Ghiradelli S’mores

  • 1 Variety Package of Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares (Any variety)
  • Graham Crackers
  • 1 Bag of Large Marshmallows

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Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Break the graham crackers into individual cookies, place on the baking sheet, and top the graham cracker with one slightly flattened marshmallow (flatten between your hands).

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Add an unwrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square in the center of the marshmallow and place the baking sheet in the oven for 4-5 minutes.  Watch carefully because you want the chocolate to start to melt, but not be a puddle of chocolate on the bottom of the pan.

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The chocolate should still bendable, slightly melted, but still solid when you remove from the oven.  Immediately top the chocolate with another graham cracker cookie and serve immediately.

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Once you try s’mores this way, you will never want to eat them any other way ever again.  The different flavors of Ghirardelli melted into the marshmallow and graham cracker were delightful, and taking a sip of Josh Cellars Cabernet with each bite?!

Swoon!  Chocolate and wine were meant to be together!

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Note:  The s’mores are a messy treat, especially the ones with caramel inside, so keep napkins handy!

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We had a wonderful day with friends and family celebrating my birthday, our anniversary, and the big game.

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We enjoyed lots of wine and good food, ate way too many Ghirardelli s’mores, and had a wonderful time being together.  As a thank you, I gave each girlfriend a rose and Ghirardelli heart gift box to take home!

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Hint: Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars wine make wonderful Valentine’s gifts.  You can find both products at your local Walmart*, and right now, the Josh Cellars wine has a coupon tag attached, offering discounts if you buy both products together!  For more information about Ghirardelli Chocolate, visit their home page.  Find more information about Josh Cellars wine at their website (must be 21 and older).

*Josh Cellars is available at about 1,700 Walmart stores nationwide.  Please check with your local Walmart for availability (based on state laws).

The Giveaway

Want some chocolate and wine for yourself?  Enter the giveaway to win a $25 Walmart gift card so you can shop for Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars wine at Walmart.  To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below and answer the following question in the comment section.

Question:  Which Ghirardelli flavor would you like to try most on a s’more? 

Rules:

  • Must be US resident, 21+ years of age.
  • No purchase required
  • All entries will be verified
  • Giveaway ends 2/13/16 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner will receive a $25 WALMART E-gift card.

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147 comments

shelly peterson 02/09/2016 at 10:47 am

I want to try the Milk chocolate & caramel squares in a S’more.

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Lisa Brown 02/09/2016 at 11:06 am

I want to try the Dark & Caramel Squares on a s’mores

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Julie Wood 02/09/2016 at 11:15 am

I want to try the Milk Chocolate and Caramel bars! They are so delicious!

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Janet W. 02/09/2016 at 11:19 am

I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Brownie Bar flavor!

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Elena 02/09/2016 at 11:37 am

I want to try the dark chocolate mint flavor

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Mami2jcn 02/09/2016 at 11:52 am

I’d like the caramel flavor.

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Laura W 02/09/2016 at 11:57 am

I would want to try the caramel flavor in a smores.

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Ronda 02/09/2016 at 12:00 pm

I would love to try the Milk & Caramel SQUARES on a s’more.

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Neida Aponte 02/09/2016 at 12:07 pm

I would love to try the Raspberry filled Ghirardelli on a smore. Sound’s so delicious.
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Kimberly Bauer 02/09/2016 at 12:30 pm

Oh my goodness, I will be trying the Milk & Caramel SQUARES on my smores.

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David 02/09/2016 at 12:42 pm

I think the milk and caramel squares would make a great s’more addition.

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kelly tupick 02/09/2016 at 12:50 pm

I think the Mocha squares would be great on a smores.

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Kelly D 02/09/2016 at 12:52 pm

I would like to try the Dark Chocolate Mint on a S’More.

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Jessica To 02/09/2016 at 1:46 pm

I love caramel so I would like the chocolate caramel square on a s’more.

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Natalie 02/09/2016 at 2:05 pm

I would love to try the Ghirardelli white chocolate on a smore!

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Jeremy 02/09/2016 at 2:20 pm

That looks like fun!

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Nikki B 02/09/2016 at 2:21 pm

Dark chocolate mint for sure!! I love dark chocolate ANYTHING!!

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Jeffrey 02/09/2016 at 2:56 pm

I think the Mocha Squares would be awesome on S’mores!

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Nancy Loring 02/09/2016 at 3:01 pm

I would like to try the dark chocolate with raspberry on a s’more.

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Bridgett Wilbur 02/09/2016 at 3:11 pm

I would love to try the caramel ones.

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Laura ari 02/09/2016 at 3:16 pm

Toffee crunch squares are my favorite!

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Thomas Murphy 02/09/2016 at 3:18 pm

I want to try the Milk & Caramel

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Cindy 02/09/2016 at 3:29 pm

Sea Salt Soiree’s .

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Erica E 02/09/2016 at 3:34 pm

I want to the the Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel squares on a s’more!

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latanya 02/09/2016 at 3:43 pm

Toffee Crunch SQUARES

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katie 02/09/2016 at 3:45 pm

ooh i’d love to try the dark and caramel on a smore!!

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Ally 02/09/2016 at 4:18 pm

I’d love to try them with the toffee crunch. That extra texture!

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Elizabeth E 02/09/2016 at 4:19 pm

I’d love to try the dark chocolate!

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HS kraftmaking 02/09/2016 at 4:50 pm

I would like to try Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie Bar.

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Ashley 02/09/2016 at 5:02 pm

I would put the milk chocolate and caramel squares on a s’more

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melissaandkeith miller 02/09/2016 at 5:37 pm

milk and caramel squares sound good to make a smore with.

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Dana 02/09/2016 at 5:43 pm

The caramel one sounds awesome!

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Jason 02/09/2016 at 5:47 pm

the caramel flavor

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Barbara R. 02/09/2016 at 6:09 pm

I would like to try the Dark & Mint SQUARES . I think that would be a delightful combination in a S’more.

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Leigh Anne 02/09/2016 at 6:33 pm

I would love to sink my teeth in the caramel chocolates!

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Caroline B 02/09/2016 at 6:49 pm

I would love to use the milk chocolate with caramel on my smore.

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Mary Ellen 02/09/2016 at 7:01 pm

Caramel! Sounds delicious.

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Ellie Wright 02/09/2016 at 7:14 pm

I would probably try the mocha flavored on smores.

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Gabrielly 02/09/2016 at 7:27 pm

I would love to try Dark & Caramel Squares.

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Jennifer Marie 02/09/2016 at 8:00 pm

I would love to try a caramel square in a s’more.

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Amy L 02/09/2016 at 8:03 pm

I’d make S’mores with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and Caramel Squares.

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DJ 02/09/2016 at 8:37 pm

I would love to try the Milk & Caramel Squares.

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Jennifer Long 02/09/2016 at 10:00 pm

I would like to try the caramel on smores!

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Angela Saver 02/09/2016 at 10:06 pm

The Ghirardelli Chocolate flavor I would most love to make s’mores with is the Milk Choclate & Caramel Squares!

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Kim Reid 02/09/2016 at 10:12 pm

I would love to try the Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Squares flavor, thanks!

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marie 02/09/2016 at 10:18 pm

I love the milk caramel on smores!

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Christina 02/09/2016 at 11:14 pm

I would love to try the caramel ghirardelli chocolates to go on s’mores. They’re already my favorite chocolate ever so I bet it would be marvelous!

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Michelle J. 02/09/2016 at 11:24 pm

The caramel would be interesting.

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Steven weber 02/09/2016 at 11:55 pm

Dark Chocolate Mint!

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Vinessa Vasquez 02/10/2016 at 12:05 am

I would love to try the Sea Salt. Yummm

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Julie Lundstrom 02/10/2016 at 12:57 am

I like their Milk Chocolate & Caramel Squares.

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Sarah L 02/10/2016 at 1:12 am

I want to use the Milk & Caramel SQUARES in my confection.
Thanks for the contest.

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Dawn Monroe 02/10/2016 at 2:22 am

I’d love to try a toffee bit square or mocha flavor on a smores.

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Vera K 02/10/2016 at 6:31 am

I would try the Intense Dark Chocolate on a s’more.

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Lee Mckeon 02/10/2016 at 8:45 am

I would love to try the Milk chocolate and caramel squares!

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Dawn Keenan 02/10/2016 at 9:27 am

I think the milk chocolate minis would be great on a smore!

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Tamra H 02/10/2016 at 9:47 am

I’d like to try the Caramel on a smore!

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Donna L 02/10/2016 at 9:55 am

The milk chocolate and caramel squares sounds delicious to me!

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Sheila K. 02/10/2016 at 10:23 am

Dark chocolate mint sounds good to me!

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Andrina Goetz 02/10/2016 at 11:06 am

I want to try the dark chocolate.

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Heather E 02/10/2016 at 11:06 am

I’d like to try the milk chocolate and sea salt on a s’more!

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deanna 02/10/2016 at 11:08 am

The Milk & Sea Salt Brownie SQUARES sound like they would make a delicious s’more! I love Ghirardelli!

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Shannon 02/10/2016 at 11:27 am

I think it would be best with the milk chocolate

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Trisha Burgess 02/10/2016 at 11:41 am

I would love the milk chocolate and caramel ghiradelli s’more!

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Vanessa Sterling 02/10/2016 at 7:23 pm

I would love dark chocolate!

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Cheryl 02/10/2016 at 12:05 pm

I want to try White Chocolate on a s’more.

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Sarah Cool 02/10/2016 at 1:22 pm

I would love to try the milk chocolate toffee crunch flavor on a smore!

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natasha lamoreux 02/10/2016 at 4:05 pm

I would like the sea saly caramel on a smore.

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Brigitte B 02/10/2016 at 4:15 pm

Wow so many delicious flavors to choose from. My first choice would be the Dark & Raspberry Squares.

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wen budro 02/10/2016 at 4:19 pm

What a delicious idea! I most want to try their Milk & Caramel Squares flavor on a S’mores. Yum.

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Lauren 02/10/2016 at 4:35 pm

I would like to try the raspberry flavor on a smore.

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Gina M 02/10/2016 at 4:44 pm

I would like to try them with the milk chocolate/caramel square variety.

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Laura J 02/10/2016 at 5:01 pm

Oh I would love to try the Dark Chocolate with White Mint on the smores!

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Candace B. 02/11/2016 at 12:19 am

Milk & Caramel!

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jenny stratton 02/10/2016 at 6:27 pm

I would love to make smores from the toffee crunch squares or maybe the white chocolate

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Birdiebee 02/10/2016 at 6:57 pm

I would love to try the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and Caramel Squares.

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Mary J. 02/10/2016 at 7:09 pm

I would like just the milk chocolate.

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LynneMarie 02/10/2016 at 8:12 pm

I would love to try the Intense Dark Cherry Tango

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Dandi D 02/10/2016 at 8:45 pm

I would like to try the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie on a S’mores.

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nadya kotik 02/10/2016 at 8:56 pm

dark chocolate is the best!

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Seyma Shabbir 02/10/2016 at 9:02 pm

I would love the mint chocolate! Minty yummy!

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Jenn H 02/10/2016 at 9:07 pm

Id love to try dark chocolate mint!!

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Tabathia B 02/10/2016 at 9:15 pm

the milk chocolate and caramel

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Danielle HIghley 02/10/2016 at 9:25 pm

I would love to have the Dark Chocolate with Mint! YUM!

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Leela 02/10/2016 at 9:48 pm

Dark chocolate.

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DeAnna Keller 02/10/2016 at 10:08 pm

I would love to try Milk & White Chocolate Mousse! Sounds delicious!

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Cassandra Eastman 02/10/2016 at 11:17 pm

I’d love to try the Creamy Almond Crunch on a S’more!

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Erika W. 02/11/2016 at 6:30 am

I want to try the Toffee Crunch squares on a S’mores! Sounds so yummy!

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janetfaye 02/11/2016 at 6:49 am

I would like to try Milk Chocolate Square on S’more’s.

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Heidi Spittler 02/11/2016 at 7:34 am

I think the Peppermint Squares would be awesome on S’mores.

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Jan 02/11/2016 at 8:08 am

I would love to try the dark chocolate – Intense Dark Cocoa Nibs Bar

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jodi 02/11/2016 at 8:41 am

My favorite is milk chocolate and caramel

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Cathy 02/11/2016 at 9:04 am

Dark chocolate I nd of girl.

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Melissa R 02/11/2016 at 9:42 am

I’d like to try the dark chocolate sea salt brownie flavor!

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Jena 02/11/2016 at 11:49 am

Dark chocolate and Caramel!

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Angelica 02/11/2016 at 12:46 pm

Oh my gosh. I never would have thought of something so amazing as using Ghirardelli squares for s’mores! I can’t wait to try this with the dark chocolate and mint ones. YUM!

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Sarah Hayes 02/11/2016 at 12:49 pm

i want to try the intense dark twilight delight. that sounds great

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Madonna 02/11/2016 at 1:31 pm

I have only tried milk chocolate as a smore but I love dark chocolate so think I would like to try that one.

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Melissa 02/11/2016 at 2:23 pm

The raspberry sounds good on a smore!

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Will G 02/11/2016 at 2:52 pm

I would love to try Intense Dark 86% Cacao Midnight Reverie .

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Lauryn R 02/11/2016 at 4:05 pm

I would love to try the Creamy Almond Crunch Squares on a S’more! I love S’mores! 🙂

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Colleen Busch 02/11/2016 at 4:38 pm

I am boring…I would love the Dark Chocolate.

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Starla B 02/11/2016 at 5:06 pm

This is so awesome. I absolutely love Ghiradelli! If I had to choose my favorite is definitely the milk chocolate sea salt and almonds minis!

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Pam H. 02/11/2016 at 5:10 pm

I’d like to try Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate on a smore.

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Chris Mason 02/11/2016 at 5:37 pm

Plain white chocolate

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Patricia M 02/11/2016 at 7:17 pm

I’d like to try the Dark Chocolate in a smores.

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Cori Westphal 02/11/2016 at 7:36 pm

Toffee crunch would be AMAZING! Yum!

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Mary Cloud 02/11/2016 at 8:16 pm

I’d love to try their White Chocolate on a Smore

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Krystal 02/11/2016 at 8:25 pm

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie

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Tyneisha 02/11/2016 at 10:16 pm

I’d love to try the dark and raspberry!

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claire 02/12/2016 at 3:31 am

I want to try the Dark & Caramel Squares on a s’mores

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Cheryl 02/12/2016 at 5:46 am

My daughter has me hooked on dark chocolate, but I haven’t tried the Dark 60% Cacao yet.

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Faye Gates 02/12/2016 at 4:26 pm

I love toffee so I’d like to try the toffee squares in my S’mores.

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Courtnie Miller 02/12/2016 at 10:37 am

I’m plain, so I’d just like Milk Chocolate.

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Candace M 02/12/2016 at 1:10 pm

I would try the dark chocolate mint.

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susan genna 02/12/2016 at 1:33 pm

I would love to try the caramel with the smores….omg…yum!!

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Tammy Owens/Botzon 02/12/2016 at 2:11 pm

Milk and Sea Salt Brownie squares!

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Tina W 02/12/2016 at 2:39 pm

I think the Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel squares would be great in a smore!

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Keri Justice 02/12/2016 at 3:05 pm

Dark chocolate would be my choice on a smore.

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Ellen Casper 02/12/2016 at 5:04 pm

Toffee crunch would be yummy!

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Cheryl B. 02/12/2016 at 5:12 pm

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie sound delicious.

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kathy dalton 02/12/2016 at 7:40 pm

i would love the dark chocolate raspberry squares on a smore

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renee 02/12/2016 at 8:43 pm

Toffe Crunch on a smore–yum!

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Barbara Montag 02/12/2016 at 8:55 pm

I would love to add the White Chocolate on my s’more.
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Ashley 02/12/2016 at 9:19 pm

I think white chocolate + smores = FABULOUS!

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Victoria 02/12/2016 at 9:47 pm

I would most like to try making smores with the caramel chocolate. Im actually surprised we’ve never done that.

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Tammy S Catterton 02/12/2016 at 11:11 pm

Milk & White Chocolate Mousse this one I would try sounds yummy indeed

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Shannon 02/12/2016 at 11:33 pm

I like Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight.

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laurie murley 02/13/2016 at 12:26 am

i would love to try the Milk & Caramel SQUARES Gift Bag on smores

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Regina 02/13/2016 at 8:41 am

I would try the Milk Chocolate and Caramel. Those are delicious!

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Katherine H 02/13/2016 at 8:53 am

I would love to try the Toffee crunch, sounds delicious!

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Kathy C 02/13/2016 at 9:16 am

I’d like to give the White Chocolate a try on a smore!

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Elle 02/13/2016 at 9:24 am

I want to try milk chocolate caramel filled.

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Susan Christy 02/13/2016 at 9:29 am

Creamy Almond Crunch would be great on a S’more!

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suzanne 02/13/2016 at 10:32 am

I think the Milk and Sea Salt Brownie squares would be great in a s’more.

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Ashley C 02/13/2016 at 12:25 pm

I’d like to try dark chocolate and mint!

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Sharon 02/13/2016 at 4:38 pm

I would love the Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight on a S’mores!

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Leah Shumack 02/13/2016 at 8:08 pm

The Caramel Squares would be a great addition to my s’mores!

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Dawn R 02/13/2016 at 8:17 pm

I think I would like to leave the marshmallow off and replace it with caramal and milk chocolate

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Julie 02/13/2016 at 8:25 pm

I love a little salt with my chocolate so I would love to try the Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree squares..yummy licious!!

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Janice Cooper 02/13/2016 at 8:43 pm

Milk chocolate with caramel

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Terri Irvin 02/13/2016 at 9:37 pm

I love anything Toffee so the Toffee Crunch sounds great!!

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Kevin 02/13/2016 at 9:46 pm

I think I’d really like to try swapping out the regular chocolate for some white chocolate and give that a go. Seems like it would be sweeter, but seems like it taste soooo good!

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liz l 02/13/2016 at 9:49 pm

Dk chocolate sea salt one

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grace h 02/13/2016 at 10:23 pm

the milk and white chocolate one would be good!

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Tracy Webb 02/14/2016 at 12:16 am

I want to try White Chocolate.

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Stacie S-H 02/14/2016 at 1:02 am

I think the milk chocolate with caramel squares would be tasty to try in a s’more while camping!

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