There are some things in life which people call guilty pleasures, but I think pleasure is something we should seize, not something we should feel the least bit guilty about. If something gives you gratification, embrace it, and if at all possible, allow that pleasure to be part of your everyday life, especially if that indulgence can be found in the kitchen, which many of mine are. One of my pleasures comes in the form of sinisterly dark chocolate, perfectly paired with sea salt and smoky, chicory coffee.
Slowly cracking open the fridge, I pull out a cherished square of chocolate that I secretly tucked away for safekeeping. To its gleaming, chilled surface, I sprinkle on tiny shards of winter white salt. The contrast between intensely dark chocolate and starkly white salt gives me a certain, unspoken gratification. The kettle begs for attention as it whistles from the stove, steam rises from the coffee press, and I magically become transported to a place all my own. I sit on the counter in my kitchen, dark chocolate speckled with crunchy sea salt in one hand and earthy chicory coffee in the other and become lost in downright decadence. When my days are filled with so many things that plead for my attention, it’s in these moments that I take time out for myself, which is something I never feel guilty for.
This cast of characters always has a place in my home, but even when I’m far away, I know if I have a piece of dark chocolate sprinkled with salt and an afternoon cup of coffee, I can delight in my daily pleasure and never feel the least bit remorseful. I think that’s the way pleasures in life should be, or at least the ones that take place in the kitchen.
Many thanks to Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to share my perfect pairing. If you would like to share your perfect pairing as well, upload your Ghirardelli Intense Dark photos here or #IntenseDark on Instagram. I’d love to hear what y’alls favorite pairings are!
13 replies on “GUILTLESS PLEASURES”
What a nice post, beautiful pics!
Thank you so much!
Gorgeous photos as always! Dark chocolate with red wine is probably my favorite!
Thanks so much! Lovely combination!
My favorite pairing is so juvenile, but I love a chocolate milkshake paired with salty french fries. Your pairings here would certainly make for a more elegant indulgence, and your picture is so enticing! Mmm.
Sweet and salty combinations are the best, no matter what they are!
So beautifully descriptive. I love salted dark chocolate too – there is something deeply indulgent about it.
Thank you! Seriously, sweet and salty is the perfect combination especially with chocolate!
Your words are beautiful, your photography flawless. The combination of dark chocolate and decadent coffee is the perfect way to have a moment of bliss. Loved everything about today’s post, Amber!
Hope you have a great spring week,
You are too sweet! I am enjoying this spring break with my new baby nephew! I am so happy to share this post with y’all!
Thanks for the awesome post. Two things I love. Coffee and dark-chocolate blended into one guiltless serve. You blend your words as well as you do your ingredients.
Thanks so much for the sweet words! It’s easy to write about ingredients I’m passionate about. My husband knows if we start running low on chocolate and coffee it’s SERIOUS and we need to start stocking up asap!
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