Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ghiradelli Valentine’s Dark and Strawberry Squares

Ghiradelli Valentine's Dark & Strawberry SquaresThough strawberry is the hot flavor of the moment, Ghirardelli has been making these Limited Edition Valentine’s Dark & Strawberry Squares for a few years.

There’s not much of a description on the package, just that the squares are filled with strawberry filling. The filling appears to be made from sugar, high fructose corn syrup, palm oil and freeze dried strawberries and colored with fruit and vegetable juice (very vague). It also has some added TBHQ as a preservative. There’s no indication of the cacao content of the chocolate itself, but I’d guess it’s somewhere in the low 60% range. Each square is 70 calories.

Ghiradelli Valentine's Dark & Strawberry Squares

The squares are elegant and simple. They’re 1.75 inches square and sport the Ghirardelli logo in a beveled field. In my experience the packaging protects the pieces well and they usually look stunningly gorgeous.

If there’s an issue with the filled squares from Ghirardelli is that they temper their chocolate to be very crisp and snappy ... so the filled pieces can be messy to eat when the chocolate breaks apart upon biting and the filling dribbles out. So, make an effort to bite on the diagonal, or pop the whole thing in your mouth at once.

Ghiradelli Valentine's Dark & Strawberry Squares

The chocolate is sweet but with a nice dry woodsy note to it, which goes well with the strawberry flavors. The strawberry filling is quite like a finely pureed strawberry sauce. It’s not overly sweet, has a strong tangy note and just a touch of seed flavor to it (and some actual seeds).

Because the edges are so thick and the chocolate in the center is so thin, there’s a large variation in the proportion of filling to chocolate in any given bite.

I liked them quite a bit, it was the best imitation of a chocolate covered strawberry that doesn’t spoil that I think I’ve had. Ghirardelli Strawberry Squares contain soy and milk and may also contain traces of tree nuts. There’s no statement about gluten.

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Name: Valentine’s Dark and Strawberry Squares
Brand: Ghiradelli
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $3.50
Size: 6.38 ounces
Calories per ounce: 148
Categories: Candy, Valentines, Ghirardelli, Chocolate, Kosher, 8-Tasty, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:42 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewValentinesGhirardelliChocolateKosherLimited Edition8-TastyUnited StatesTarget

  1. I have been eyeing these in the check out line at Von’s for a couple of weeks now and this post finally pushed me to pick some up. They’re so good! Thanks for the push in the right direction:)

    Comment by Kelsey S on 2/03/16 at 7:26 pm #
  2. Cannot believe how many times you misspelled Ghirardelli!

    Comment by Pam on 2/06/16 at 4:41 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    I totally believe it. It was 3 times. (I should really wear my glasses when I edit. Now I’ve added the correct spelling to my dictionary.)

    Comment by Cybele on 2/06/16 at 9:06 am #
  4. ah, woodsy.
    these squares are ace. Intense dark cherry tango (cherry & almond )is my fave..

    Comment by ukuk on 2/22/16 at 2:55 pm #
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