When I was asked to host a party for friends that included wine and chocolate I jumped at the chance, because who doesn’t like wine and chocolate. Chocolate, wine, and friends are three of my favorite things!
Josh Cellar Wine
We tried all the Josh Cellar wines I could find at my Walmart including:
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Legacy a red blend
Turns out this is all the wines they currently make. Everyone enjoyed them, the Legacy wine was a huge hit. All the wines averages right around $10 a bottle.
We also tried lots and lots of Ghirardelli chocolate including:
- Double Chocolate brownie mix
- Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie mix
- Valentine’s Day Truffles
- Squares: Raspberry, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, Caramel
Here are some of the fun Valentine’s Day treats we made with Ghirardelli melting chocolates, including chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, and cookies dipped in chocolate.
To melt a lot of chocolate I used a mirco-cooker and melt them in the microwave following the directions on the bag.
If I am just melting a little bit a chocolate I just pop a handful in a ziplock bag and heat them up in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until they are melted. I push all the melted chocolate to one corner of the bag and snip a tiny bit of the corner off. That’s how I drizzled the white chocolate over the pretzels and strawberries.
To make cake pops I use a cake pop maker. These things are super easy to use and don’t cost that much. I just use box cake mix with mine.