Ghirardelli Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven bar is a middle quality - not gourmet - semi-sweet chocolate bar with hazelnuts. It seems to me the company has spent a lot on packaging in an effort to make this product look more high-end than it is. The outer wrapper is very heavy paper, almost light cardboard. And some of the print is impressively gold colored.
The inner wrapper is well-sealed aluminum foil - a plus in helping the bar get from factory to you without problems. The bar is about 7-1/4” x 3-3/8”, and breaks into eight sections.
Maximum thickness is 1/4", but the area in the middle of each piece where the Ghirardelli logo is embossed is thinner. According to the label, one serving is three sections totalling 190 calories.
The chunks of hazelnut are about as large as they could be and still fit within the thickness of the chocolate. :-)
Nutritionally? The Ghirardelli Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven bar has a two-level ingredients list.
At the first level, the ingredients are shown on the label as semi-sweet chocolate and hazelnuts.
So far, so good. Then (in parentheses, like this) it shows the ingredients that make up the semi-sweet chocolate: sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin and vanilla.
Because sugar comes first on the list, we know the semi-sweet chocolate has more sugar than it has of anything else.
But, because the list is two-level (has sub-lists in parentheses), we don’t know where hazelnuts fall in the overall quantity of ingredients ranking.
Still, I’d call the hazelnut quantity pleasing in the whole scheme of the bar - neither sparse nor chock-a-block.
And there is none of the dread “hydrogenated” in the list, so that’s good.
I paid $2.24 for this 3.5-ounce bar. For comparison, that's $10.24 per pound. Definitely towards the economy end, price-wise.
Still, as you can see from both the wrapper front and the closeup of a single section, Ghirardelli has created a bar that really looks good. And the chocolate and hazelnuts are tasty, even though not gourmet.
If you want to buy someone a chocolate bar that presents an impressive appearance but you find yourself on a tight budget, the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven bar could be a good choice.
I'm giving this my personal score of 3.3 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 3.2 for Nutrition, and 3.6 for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion. Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.
Now you know what a Ghirardelli Hazelnut Heaven bar is.
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Domenico Ghirardelli, Sr. (1817-1894) went to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. After failing as a gold miner, he resumed his career as a chocolatier.