Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ghirardelli LUXE MILK Chocolate Contest: Triple Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Are you a MILK Chocolate fan? Here's your chance to win a coupon for any One Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Bar or Bag. Just comment below on why you are a Milk Chocolate Fan. Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest closes at 5 p.m. October 5.  You never know, there may be consolation prizes.

In 2009 Ghirardelli created a new line: Ghirardelli LUXE MILK to honor milk chocolate lovers looking for the ultimate chocolate experience. 100% ALL NATURAL ingredients. Ghirardelli controls the entire chocolate-making process, beginning with selecting the best cocoa beans, to its proprietary methods of roasting to intensify chocolate taste, refining for velvety smoothness, and conching extensively to bring out sophisticated, nuanced flavors.
The LUXE MILK Chocolate collection is available in four flavors in 3-ounce bars and as wrapped singles in a bag format. The bars are available in your local grocery store as well as popular retailers such as CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Borders, or online at So enter the contest now!

LUXE MILK Almond – Toasted almonds complement and enhance the flavors of the creamy-sweet milk chocolate base.
LUXE MILK Hazelnut – Lavished throughout this bar, all-natural deep-roasted hazelnuts add crunch and a distinctive, sophisticated flavor.
LUXE MILK – This bar delivers the ultimate premium milk chocolate experience – pure, all-natural milk chocolate with a velvety texture that melts smoothly in your mouth.
LUXE MILK Toffee – This all natural, rich and creamy milk chocolate is perfectly matched with buttery, crunchy toffee bits.  (My favorite!)

Just comment on why you like Milk Chocolate in order to win a coupon good for A Ghirardelli Lux Milk Bar or Bag. Entries chosen randomly.

Want to bake something special with Ghirardelli MILK chocolate? You've got to try this Afternoon Ghirardelli Delight Cheesecake Recipe from Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship winner Judy Olson from Braham, MN at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. This incredible cheesecake includes all kinds of great Ghirardelli chocolate.

Afternoon Ghirardelli Delight: Triple Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

1 1/3 cups shortbread cookie crumbs (about 22 cookies)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
4.5 oz Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate, melted
3.5 oz Ghirardelli intense dark evening dream chocolate, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup MILK chocolate crunchy toffee bits, divided
3/4 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Garnish: additional whipping cream; Ghirardelli White Chocolate

Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine cookie crumbs, melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl. Press onto bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake 4 minutes.
Combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl; beat until creamy.
Add melted chocolate, eggs and vanilla; beat until well mixed.
Stir in 3/4 cup toffee bits.
Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.
Continue baking for 50-55 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan 1 hour.
Remove from pan; place onto serving plate.
Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in small bowl.
Place whipping cream in small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat (2-3 minutes).
Pour over chocolate chips.
Let stand 5 minutes; stir until smooth.
Cool until mixture falls in ribbons off spoon (about 1 hour).
Spread over top of cheesecake; sprinkle outer rim of cheesecake with 1/4 cup toffee bits.
Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Garnish with additional whipping cream and drizzle with melted white Ghirardelli chocolate if desired.

Winners of the Ghirardelli LUXE Chocolate: Janet A, Pattie T, Elena Santangelo, and Gerry S

They'll be in the mail shortly.  This was a random selection process. Be sure and check out the next contest. Thanks for participating!


Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Why do I like milk chocolate? Because it's yummy! I know that the dark chocolate is better for me healthwise, but there is just something so deliciously decadent about creamy milk chocolate that dark chocolate can't come near. I love to get those little Dove squares, unwrap them, and let them slowly melt on my tongue. Oh, baby, is that good!

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Patti. You're entered to win! Eat some chocolate.

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

I like milk chocolate because of its smooth melting taste and its creamy succulence!! Milk chocolate tastes good no matter which word you say first,milk chocolate or chocolate milk, it all adds up to CREAM!


How can anyone come up with a RATIONAL reason for loving chocolate? It's not a rational obsession. I love it in all its guises (though not as crazy about white chocolate as I was as a kid). I'd have to agree that milk chocolate, especially those with higher milk content have the best creamy melt-on-the-tongue sensation.

Kim French Garden Home said...

I LOVE Milk & Dark chocolate! Milk for its creamy sweet texture and flavor. Dark for all of the health properties it contains! I have to agree with Patti T. on the DOVE chocolate squares!!! Here's to a chocolate square in each hand for a balanced meal :)

Kim French Garden Home said...

I love chocolate of all kinds! Milk for its creamy smooth texture and sweet flavor and dark for its health properties!11 I have to agree with Patti T. on the DOVE squares :) Here's to a piece of chocolate in each hand for a balanced meal! Cheers!!!

Janise said...

Milk Chocolate's melt-in-your mouth creaminess makes me feel good all over, even though it is (hopefully)only in my mouth.

Juanita said...

I like milk chocolate because it's creamier than dark chocolate without a tiny bit of bitter to it. :)

Nette said...

What's not to love about ANY chocolate? It's always been a family favorite and, being the self-proclaimed chocoholic that I am, any reason is a reason for chocolate! It's just fabulous!

Janet A said...

Milk chocolate is perfection. It goes to that special spot in your brain and makes you go yesssssssssss. Who cares if dark is better for you, this is about taste, not health. Milk chocolate goes great with milk, red wine, white wine, no wine. Milk chocolate stands alone. Did I win yet???

Andrea said...

What is not to like about chocolate?! Chocolate is as calming as taking a warm bath. It brings joy to kids faces. And the flavor of milk chocolate is wonderful b/c it fits all moods that a woman can be in!