When I was younger and my Grandma Marilyn was still around, I used to marvel at her ability to make a sweet treat last for days, weeks, maybe even longer. She’d take little bites and then put the rest in the fridge – I used to think this meant she was overly regimented (okay, I still think that mostly)…but as I get older, I realize that in many ways, I take after her, and she had some pretty smart moves.

Case in point, there are few better flavors than sweet, mixed with a little salt.  It’s one of my weaknesses.  I’ve cut back my sugar recently, so to still allow myself this indulgence, I only really eat dark chocolate these days. In fact, that’s been the case for so long (even before cutting back on sugar) that I much prefer it to milk chocolate. But the best is when it’s mixed with nuts… how does that song go? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t? It’s the Almond Joy jingle …yeah, that’s it.  Well, I always feel like a nut (and nutty for that matter…I’m so punny…okay, I’ll stop now.)

When I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago (three, to be exact), I bought the kids treats, and then I bought us a little treat…Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree bar…as I type the words, I can literally taste the chocolate in my mouth…it’s so good!  Dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and sea salt…it really is a party for your taste buds.

When you need a little pick-me-up...

When you need a little pick-me-up…

Now to be honest, it was mostly my treat.  After the first night, I didn’t volunteer to share it (horrible, aren’t I??) If asked, I would have, of course.  But the point is, even after sharing probably a 1/4 of the bar, the rest of it lasted 3 whole weeks.  Trust me, like the picture says, it does provide several moments of timeless pleasure.

So if you’re needing a pick-me-up, go pick one of these up today…so so good.