If you've been following my meandering blather for any length of time now, you may have discerned that I have a love for all things chocolicious. I am particularly fond of hot chocolate, and I like to make it strong enough to get your heart a-thumpin'. So I was quite pleased when I came across this:
Yes, yumtious drinking chocolate from Ghirardelli. The Home Team of chocolate making for us San Francisco Bay Area natives. At the retail price of $10 a can for 12 ounces of chocolate, it was a reasonably affordable luxury -- and I found it for sale at 50% off! O the cleverness of me, I thought, and took my spoils home to make creamy GDC choco-lusciousness.
Well, what with me being the chocolate fiend I am, it didn't take too long until I was in need of some more GDC. But alas, wandering through the Safeway, no Drinking Chocolate did I behold. I was perplexed and befuddled. Then in the baking aisle, my eyes lit upon a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips.
You're probably way ahead of me here.
11.5 ounces of chocolate for $2.50. So half an ounce less, for a quarter of the retail price of GDC. And the ingredient list was identical.
It was at this moment that I achieved chocolate enlightenment. I took the chips home and poured them into my empty GDC tin. Made a cup of choc-chip-based hot chocolate this morning; the chips melted down beautifully and the taste was exactly the same as that of GDC -- because it's exactly the same stuff, only in slightly larger chunks and for a much better price. I cannot believe I didn't think to do this before.
Learn wisdom from my folly, children, and get your Ghirardelli hot chocolate love straight from the bag.