As Luck Would Have It

September 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm 94 comments

Ghirardelli Twilight DelightI love when the universe conspires to make me happy.

First I discovered my new favorite chocolate. It was part of a goodie bag prepared for me by the Program Chair at the East Cobb Quilting Guild in Marietta, GA two weeks ago. Hotel Snackage. It was so delicious I took a picture of the wrapper, the chocolate having been most enthusiastically consumed earlier. Rapidly consumed. All in one sitting.

I love dark chocolate. Ghirardelli Intense Dark (Twilight Delight) is delicious. That dark chocolate might even be good for me is an added bonus. It’s loaded with antioxidants, improves blood flow, is high in vitamins and minerals, and might even harden my tooth enamel! That’s pretty wonderful, isn’t it? I feel healthier and so much less guilty already.

Happy Day! I found the very same chocolate at my grocery store when I got back home. I wolfed down another whole bar in one sitting. I can feel my tooth enamel getting as hard as concrete. I think my quarter inch seams are looking straighter too…

But wait. I just got back from Rite-Aid. I was shopping for knee-high’s and little bottles of hair spray for my upcoming trip to visit with the Cabin Fever Quilters’ Guild in Fairbanks (still a few spaces in the workshops). Rite Aid moved the little bottles of overpriced travel cosmetics again and as I wandered around looking for them (their plan all along) I bumped into the Ghirardelli chocolate section!

They had bars and individually wrapped squares of my Twilight Delight right there on the shelf! And the individually wrapped squares were ON SALE! I snagged two bags for $6.00  (the sign told me to) which was actually less per ounce than the big bar! (I did the math.) My thought here was that if I got the individually wrapped squares not only would it be less expensive, but it might slow down my rate of chocolate consumption. I would be spending several extra seconds opening up the little wrappers. (That was before I thought of opening them up with my applique scissors.)

Hang on. It gets even better. When I paid I used my Wellness Card (Rite-Aid’s loyalty program) and I got $2 for buying the knee-high’s (no idea why) and another $2 for the buying the chocolate (no idea why). So, what does this mean? The chocolate will still be on sale until the end of the month and I’ve got $4 in free money. I can get two more bags of Twilight Delight tomorrow for only $2. At that price I might even be willing so share. Would anyone like some knee-high’s? Hair spray?

Chocolate? What chocolate? I don’t see any chocolate.


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  • 1. Jan  |  September 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Ami, I live in San Francisco, home of the wonderful Ghiradelli chocolate, and it is just about my favorite thing in the world, too! I concur that dark chocolate is good for us, and I eat as much as my tummy will allow! In fact, there is a Ghiradelli store and old-fashioned ice cream fountain about a block from my home. Cheers!

    • 2. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Jan, you are so lucky! Have an extra room?

  • 3. EDITH  |  September 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I hear you but it’s just a shame it took you until now to discover this “health food”! LOL!

    • 4. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Sometimes I’m not the sharpest needle in the pincushion.

  • 5. Willa Fuller  |  September 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Why..Why why…did you tell me about that chocolate??? Standby as another quilterbottom gets bigger!!!

    • 6. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Willa, maybe we should turn in our modern sewing machines for treadles and burn off some of those extra calories?

  • 7. Gloria Tribble Beucler  |  September 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Need to sew but first, I have to run to Rite-Aid!

  • 9. Mary Dettloff  |  September 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Could we forward your letter to the Ghiradelli people? Maybe they will send you a thank you box for all of the free publicity. I know I have a sudden urge to go exploring for some intense chocolate so that my next sewing session will have better seams. Thanks to you their chocolate will be flying off the shelves!!! ttfn I need to go put on my shoes and find the car keys!!!

    • 10. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Absolutely! If they send a box I’ll do a give-away on the blog. Here’s their email address: Or just call them: 888.402.6262. Hurry! I’m salivating…

      • 11. Mary Dettloff  |  September 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        I sent them an email and sent them the link to your newsletter. Keep us posted!!!

      • 12. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

        Too cool! :)

      • 13. Rhonda SmartyPants  |  September 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Wow, Ami. You are one of the most generous bloggers I’ve ever read — a give-away of a box of empty wrappers from individually-wrapped Twilight Ghirardelli squares. Your generosity is staggering. (LOL)

        I’d actually consider it a major coup and be honored to receive such a give-away win. A testament to your LOL sense of humor you deftly conceal in your posts.

        Love the fact that you share the ‘wrapper’ on your first (blush) experience with the dark demon that has gripped you so firmly you’ve lost all sense of public shame.

        You are even willing to share the math skills inherent in the logic of all Couponers — ‘look at how much I’m saving by spending more.’

        In the interest of saving the the latest quilt you are packing for your travels from the chocolate that is dribbling from the corners of your mouth, I volunteer to call Ghirardelli tomorrow morning and see what can be arranged. I once received a box of 200+ powdered soup packaged in individual serving sizes for a thank you letter I had sent the company. Let’s see if the skills are intact after 40+ years and improved via phone contact.

      • 14. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Thanks for the laugh. Dark demon, indeed. I’m glad you like my math. I did forget to point out that by splitting the purchase of four bags of Ghirardelli chocolate squares into two transactions, it’s less money. Lower numbers. Plus, after I consume the chocolate, it becomes free (because I don’t have it any more). See?

  • 15. yettabear  |  September 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    A gal after my own sweet tooth! Hugs, Yvette in SCa! Who might even venture out in the heat to make a chocolate run, inspired by you…

    • 16. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I hope your Rite-Aid isn’t sold out. Mine might be soon. :)

  • 17. Carol  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Lucky you. Lucky Jan. Love it. And it’s such a delight to find it on sale so you can further justify buying it other than for all the wonderful things it does for ones body. Surely it is not fattening…… Try the Lindt with sea salt.

    • 18. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I have tried the sea salt chocolate. I’m a purest. And not a big fan of salt. Let’s hope neither one are too fattening.

  • 19. Brooke Flynn  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Ami, you are so funny! I “discovered” a quick little chocolate dessert last week. We have made it twice and, no, I’m not typing it out because, frankly, I don’t think it is as good for us as dark chocolate. Don’t want to be responsible for any extra pounds (except my own).

    • 20. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Brooke, thank you for thinking of my thighs and tush which may even be expanding with dark chocolate. Glad you’re enjoying your desserts.

    • 21. Rhonda SmartyPants  |  September 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Oh, please, please, please with all the sweetness of your quick little chocolate dessert discovery sprinkled on top — do share. I’ll even sign a waiver. It’s so unfair to open the door just a crack, Speaking of crack – have you ever seen what crack addicts do when deprived – just sayin’.

      • 22. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        We know quilters like Ghirardelli; let’s see if Ghirardelli likes quilters.

  • 23. melinda s mccabe  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    try the chocolate from the Detroit Chocolate Co. in Sterling Heights, MI (fairly close to your house). It is the BEST chocolate I haver ever eaten and best of all my son lives very close so every time we visit I stock up – plus it’s a given for gifts to me. Try it, you will love it!!!!

    • 24. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      But Rite-Aid is so close…. oh, all right. If I must. Where are my car keys…..

  • 25. Doreen Meier  |  September 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I know chocolate is not supposed to good for dogs but Scooter is half human and deserves a taste.

    • 26. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      No way, not even a little chocolate for dog boy.

  • 27. Kathy Patton  |  September 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Boy Ami, am I with you! Best dark chocolate ever!

    • 28. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Glad you like it, Kathy!

  • 29. Mary Anne Shew  |  September 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    In case of a lack-of-Ghiradelli-chocolate emergency, let me suggest you keep a bag of Dove Promises dark chocolate on hand. I find my quilt room is a perfect place to store them. The with-mint and with-almond varieties are also to die for. As a bonus, three pieces are only 4 points on Weight Watchers. (Guess how I know :-) )

    • 30. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      OK, in case of emergency…..I do like nuts.

  • 31. Daphne Greig  |  September 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Next time you fly to the West Coast try to go through San Francisco. They have a store in the airport with every type of chocolate they make – all in the little packages. You can take them on the plane for the next ‘leg’ of your trip. Don’t take your appliqué scissors though, you’ll just have to bite into the packages on the plane. Hey….we need a new type of quilter’s tool!

    • 32. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Good advice. Scissors are allowed on planes these days. I bet a small seam ripper would work too. That might be a little harder getting through security.

  • 33. Emma Strangio  |  September 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Straighter seams huh? Well it’s a sacrifice but in the interest of better piecing……!

    • 34. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      I’m with you, Emma.

  • 35. Cindy C.  |  September 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    This is a hoot! I just got back from a week long quilt retreat. (I got two children’s quilt tops done.) We had chocolate, but not that kind. I got bronchitis and had to go to urgent care. Went to Rite Aide to get my meds, but didn’t look over the chocolate aisle. Darn I missed out. But now I’m home and there is one right down the street. For any of you that lived in Korea during the 1980′s when goods were inexpensive (Military or Civilian US Government worker like me), we had a saying GBSM (Going Broke Saving Money) I have now brought this up to the 21st Century “Growing Broader Saving Money”
    Cindy in VA where the weather has been wonderful.

    • 36. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Cindy, hope you’re feeling better. The “going broke saving money” sounds a lot like me at Sams Club or Costco. Your update is probably is true too. Scooter gets another trip around the block tomorrow.

      • 37. singingquilter  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

        “Going broke saving money” sounds to me like a song chorus! Maybe have to write a new song….. I’m loving this discussion! Thanks for the laughs.

      • 38. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Sounds like a GREAT idea! I think you should also include, “If you already own it, it’s free.”

      • 39. singingquilter  |  September 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

        Or if it’s over three months old, it’s free as well?

      • 40. Ami Simms  |  September 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm


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      • 42. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        Edie, have fun shopping!

  • 43. Cathie  |  September 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I always have a smile on my face when I see your newsletter in my in-box :) True story! Yes – love that chocolate too. I KNOW it makes our quilting seam just perfect. Continue to enjoy Ami. Life is good with quilting and chocolate :)

    • 44. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Cathie, you are so sweet. Thank you for the kind words.

  • 45. Mary McCauley  |  September 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Ladies, our critique group did a chocolate/fabric pairing — you know how red wine goes with beef and white wine with fish? Well, we recommend dark chocolate with heavy fabrics such as corduroy, felt or velvets and cottons over 200 thread count. Milk chocolate goes well with batiks and “blender” fabrics, and use white chocolate only with sheers such as organza or tuile. If you screen print , over dye or paint fabrics, feel free to pair them with flavored or salted chocolates. As always, your mileage may vary, conduct your own research before purchasing in quantity lots. Bon appetite! Mary McCauley

    • 46. Ami Simms  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Hysterical! But I disagree. Dark chocolate goes with everything.

  • 47. Janet Lenfant  |  September 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    So, is time for me to send you more Trader Joes dark chocolate? I also love the Twilight Delight…and not just because I live near Forks!

    • 48. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Hi Janet! Maybe I’m just in love with whatever chocolate I happen to be munching on at the time?! More testing may be required. I’m still using my Trader Joes bag and those awesome tins!

      It’s so nice if you to offer, but you shouldn’t have to feed me long distance. Big hugs!

  • 49. Judy Forkner  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Not interested in hairspray or knee highs–just dark chocolate! I have not seen the Ghiradelli Twilight dreams, but I may try to make it to our Rite Aid tomorrow to have a look!

    • 50. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Absolutely! Delicious and close by. AND on sale.

  • 51. Donna Kurtz  |  September 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Ami, I think I have seen Giradelli chocolates on the rack by the checkout at Joann’s in Flint! Kill two obsessions with one trip!

    • 52. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Yes you have! But I think they are only sold individually. I could be wrong. We need someone to check this out and report back.

  • 53. Nancy Borgeson  |  September 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I’m also a dark chocolate fan, and haven’t tried the Intense Dark yet. Think there may be a trip to Rite Aid in my errands today…

    • 54. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Just tried the higher % cocoa. Not as good as the 72%, IMHO. But hey, isn’t it great that we have a choice?!

  • 55. Laura Ningen  |  September 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Rainy here in Duluth MN and all this talk of chocolate might just get me out of the house. We don’t have a RiteAid…wonder if Walgreens or CVS carries it. Your post made my morning sing Ami, thanks!

    • 56. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

      You are so kind, Laura! Let us know what you find out.

  • 57. Elaine Morton  |  September 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I’m addicted to their mocha hot chocolate

    • 58. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Sounds deliscious. Except for the mocha part. (Not a coffee person.)

  • 59. Mary Ann  |  September 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hmmm…need a traveling something for a quick trip on Saturday, better stop at Rite Aid tonight!

    • 60. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Enjoy! And safe travels.

  • 61. Peg G  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I teach sewing to adults. At the point when I show the tools that they should have, I always bring out an assortment of individually wrapped chocolates and invite them to have some because “Sewing REQUIRES chocolate.”

    • 62. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Brilliant! I am appropriating that idea immediately.

  • 63. Cathe  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Always just love your emails. They make my morning. Not a big fan of chocolate, I know, I know. But will have to stop at Rite-Aid today to get some, for my friends, for a retreat I’m going on this week.

    • 64. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Cathe, we can be friends even if you’re not a big fan of chocolate! :) Thanks for your kind words and have fun at retreat!

  • 65. Sandy  |  September 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Love all dark chocolate, but a friend introduced me to the Ghirardelli Cabernet Matinee bar and … yum.

    • 66. Ami Simms  |  September 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Whoa! That sounds yummy! I’ll be looking for that one now. Thanks, Sandy!

  • 67. Cindy Cooksey  |  September 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I agree, Ghirardelli 73% is awesome. But have you tried the 73% with “a touch of salt?” The salt seems to bring out the chocolate flavor. Toasted almonds with any dark chocolate don’t hurt, either.

    • 68. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Sorry, Cindy. The salt just brings out the salt taste. Not a fan. Toasted almonds? This is an excellent idea. Have you tried the dark chocolate with raspberry filling? Major yum.

  • 69. Nancy  |  September 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Heavens to Betsy!!! Just give me any chocolate, the more the better. But I do love the dark kind best!!

  • 71. Libbie Ellis  |  September 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    You’re onto a good thing!! DEE-LISH!! I also buy the Ghirardelli – Intense Dark – Midnight Reverie which is 86% cacao!!! VERY good!!!

    • 72. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Seems they have something for everyone!

  • 73. Kathleen  |  September 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Ami, I love you because you are so REAL! Enjoy every last morsel!

    • 74. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Thanks, Kathleen. You’re really nice.

  • 75. Liz Travis  |  September 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    This is good but would even be better with nuts esp. almonds. Enjoy,

  • 77. Nancy O'Keefe  |  September 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    See, all that math that we’ve had to learn when making quilts, really can come in handy when deciding on what size bar to buy! Yea!

    • 78. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I knew math was good for something, Nancy.

  • 79. Judy Walter  |  September 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Dark chocolate rules! You may want to try Taza Chocolate’s 87% dark chocolate. I also like their Chipotle Chocolate. Stone ground in their factory here in my hometown of Somerville MA. Owned and run by very nice people. It’s sold in health food and specialty shops. Ami I will ship some to you!

    • 80. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Chipotle Chocolate? Who knew? I like chipotle chicken, but hoping the chololate doesn’t taste like chicken. Thank you!

      • 81. Judy Anne Walter  |  September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

        No chicken flavor but the chipotle chocalate makes a fabulous base for a mole’ sauce. And Taza makes yummy dark chocolate covered hazelnuts. Keep an eye on your mailbox for a present from me!

      • 82. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

        YOu are so good to me!

  • 83. Mary Ellen Tardiff  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’ve known about Ghiradelli chocolate is an absolute favorite of mine – and their dark chocolate is fabulous – especially since it’s a healthy food !! I generally am able to keep a bar or two in my sewing room for those times when I need it to help make sewing more enjoyable (which is hard to believe that it can be more enjoyable than it already is.)

    Hope Ghiradelli finds out that you’ve done some free advertising to a very receptive audience!

    Now I need to get my car keys and go to Rite Aid. Those bags of small bars are calling my name!!

    • 84. Ami Simms  |  September 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Enjoy, Mary Ellen, enjoy!

  • 85. Nancy Borgeson  |  September 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Attention Michiganders – these chocolates are available at Meijers! Both bars and packages of the individually wrapped ones.

    • 86. Ami Simms  |  September 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Nancy!

      • 87. Jacki  |  September 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        If you are ever in the S.F. Bay Area….go to the Ghiradelli outlet in San Leandro… You can buy whole boxes for a great price. You might also like their new ones w/sea salt.

      • 88. Ami Simms  |  September 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

        I’ll pass on the sea salt, but if I’m ever in SF… out!

  • 89. sharonworrell  |  September 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Gee Whiz! I thought I was the only one to favor Ghiradelli’s dark. I am a choco-holic and have found I need less (with greater satisfaction) with the dark raspberry than Hersey’s milk chocolate. My daughter introduced me to it. Now she surprises me with it every other time she visits! What a wonderful girl!

    • 90. Ami Simms  |  September 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Wonderful daughter!

  • 91. Kathleen Chevalier  |  September 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    My husband isn’t much of a sweets fan, but he does like dark chocolate once in a while. After reading your newsletter, I went in search of the 72% cacao Ghiradelli. DH says to give you his thanks.

    • 92. Ami Simms  |  October 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

      He’s very welcome!

  • 93. Pat Heath  |  January 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Have been to Ghiradelli Sq. —Chocolate is the 5th food Group — I love dark Chocolate !!

    • 94. Ami Simms  |  January 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Makes sense to me, Pat!


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