Do you want to celebrate Valentine’s day with a festive party? If so, why not host a wine and chocolate-tasting get-together this year that your friends will be sure to love? Not only is it a great excuse for quality time together, but it also provides an opportunity to try out some delicious treats! With just the right balance of tasty snacks and delightful drinks, you’ll create an evening everyone can enjoy. Here are all the tips and tricks needed for hosting the perfect wine and chocolate party on Valentine’s day!
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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!

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Josh Cellar Wine

We tried all the Josh Cellar wines I could find at my Walmart including:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Legacy a red blend

Turns out these are all the wines they currently make. Everyone enjoyed them, the Legacy wine was a huge hit. All the wines average to right around $10 a bottle.

Ghirardelli chocolates

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

I had everyone wear red and black for Valentine’s Day. (Well, that’s what I told them. Secretly, I was getting them to all wear red and black because that’s my college’s colors, Texas Tech!friendsfriends

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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.

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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.

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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 a box cake mix with mine.

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