Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree

893E3992-D1D4-4805-8664-6CBBBA3DAFC0If you don’t recognize the name Ghirardelli, you haven’t been paying attention. They’ve been around as chocolatiers and candymakers since 1852, based in San Fransisco and are recognized as one of America’s premier candy makers.

The latest example of their craft to cross my desk is their “Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree.” It comes in a flat 3.5 oz (100g) bar divided into large squares. It also contains roasted almond bits (which has become a cliche in my estimation).

The texture is crisp — that’s the only word I can think of that fits — with, of course, a nice crunch provided by the almonds and sea salt crystals. The initial taste is of nice, rich chocolate, slightly sweet; the salt slides in under that to provide a nice foil to the sweetness.

Much as I am a purist where chocolate is concerned, I have to say I’m favorably impressed by this one — there’s a nice balance of flavor and texture, with the chocolate dominating, as is only right, and nicely underscored by the salt. The almonds add some nice texture and don’t distract from the taste. This one does Ghirardelli proud.


Robert M. Tilendis lives a deceptively quiet life. He has made money as a dishwasher, errand boy, legal librarian, arts administrator, shipping expert, free-lance writer and editor, and probably a few other things he’s tried very hard to forget about. He has also been a student of history, art, theater, psychology, ceramics, and dance. Through it all, he has been an artist and poet, just to provide a little stability in his life. Along about January of every year, he wonders why he still lives someplace as mundane as Chicago; it must be that he likes it there. You may e-mail him, but include a reference to Green Man Review so you don’t get deleted with the spam.

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