As a child we received those lifesaver “books” in our stocking every year and man did I read that ‘book’ for months and months. My sweet-tooth has gotten a bit more refined over the years (thank God) but my love of book inspired sweets has not wavered especially near the holidays when you are allowed to treat yourself. Which is why I’m happy to present to you the new chocolate library from Green and Black’s*. Our stockings and your co-workers/hostesses will thank you (literally).
Well my mouth was very excited when we received them to style out for this shoot. My mouth even volunteered to style the shoot itself, without a photographer even present. My mouth is super charitable.
What is a chocolate library you might ask? Well, it’s a collection of bars that feature a new look with colorful packaging that matches the new flavor profiles. It’s a sensory experience, folks. The Pure Dark Chocolate line uses 70% cacao and is crafted with just four ingredients: unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, sugar, and natural vanilla flavor and then are infused with delicious flavors – salted caramel, roasted almond, raspberry and hazelnut, and sea salt. YUM! You can buy the chocolate library set for $35 or each individual set for $20 which makes a pretty darn good gift for those people who you are like ‘wait, what do I get them???’ Who doesn’t loves chocolate.
Their assorted chocolate library has five dark chocolates and two milk chocolates, I love this library. So much. Not to mention, they are made with ethically-sourced cocoa beans and the finest ingredients: no artificial flavoring, colors, or preservatives. These things make me very happy and lately I feel a renewed sense of dedication to companies that are competing in this insane world, but doing it by ethically sourcing some of their ingredients. Let’s support businesses who care about the world, eh?
Unfortunately we can’t just eat a bunch of chocolate and call it a robust sponsored post. No. So, we decided to take inspiration from the new flavors and color ways and style out some place settings. The holidays require a lot of entertaining, and entertaining requires flatware, plates and glasses – so here are some ideas for you while you are munching on a salted caramel chocolate bar. Excuse me while I go grab another bar from my library, and let’s all please notice that they are indeed pretty enough to display or leave out for your guests to grab their own chocolate bar at your holiday gathering.
Up first is crisp and dark with a bit of softness. Yes much like the Dark Chocolate (70%) it’s inspired by, and of course you didn’t think we were about to do all these place settings without making a fun little GIF of each for you to see how it came together. If only setting the table was as easy as this little GIF makes it look:
This is the chocolate that Brian is scared of but that I love. It’s intense and not as sweet, but I LOVE it and it makes me feel sophisticated and grown up – especially when paired with red wine. Plus the media has announced that dark chocolate can be good for you for a myriad of reasons that I don’t need to prove to you (nor do I want you to disprove to me). I tend to eat my share of dark chocolate and I do consider myself VERY healthy.
Next up inspired by: Dark Chocolate with Roasted Almonds
This one is for those of you who can handle yellow and pink on your table (I like you) – here is a fresh and crunchy approach to a table setting. I’m a huge fan of the almonds in the chocolate. I’m currently worried that I’m going to be a huge fan of every flavor and you guys are going to be like ‘HEY GET A ROOM’ and then maybe I will get a room.
This next table setting is inspired by: Dark Chocolate with Raspberry and Hazelnut
She is romantic and beautiful, but with a dark edge. She is flirty and mischievous yet unpredictable. I’m getting STRANGELY into these personifications.
Now moving on to Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt:
This one is classic EHD – blue, gold, white with some wildflowers because we can’t take ourselves that seriously over her now can we? When it comes to chocolate Brian is a strong ‘milk chocolate’ fan, so I dedicate this place setting to him. I’m a REALLY good wife. How many wives would dedicate a place setting to their husband inspired by the color palette and flavor profile of a chocolate bar?? ZERO. Your welcome, B. Happy Holidays.
Cheers to my chocolate “Brian” inspired by: Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt (which honestly might be my favorite, it is soo insanely good and hits a lot of points in your mouth at the same time. )
Next up we were inspired by Milk Chocolate with Salted Caramel on this guy:
Salted caramel really took the stage a couple years and it is still bowing through the standing ovation. It’s like it took us forever to figure out that salt and sweet would equal mouth bliss. Well, these bars do not fail in that respect. They are DELICIOUS. Maybe my favorite… although this is with the milk chocolate and I might love the dark chocolate version even more, speaking of…
Inspired by: Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel
Indeed. This modern, minimalist lady is kinda cold but don’t worry, once that chocolate is in your mouth you are totally, absolutely warm and so is she. Sometimes it just takes a few bites to warm up.
And last but certainly not least, we’ve got this fun pairing inspired by: Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
If you want a more subtle version of the salt – something that just adds to the flavor but is less sweet than the caramel then this is your gal.
We had so much fun pulling these together, with some of the color palettes being a good challenge outside of the usual holiday table attire and also making them usable year round. Just like chocolate. It makes you happy year round.
Honestly the chocolates are delicious and we have been a huge fan of the flavors even before we got our hands on the library. But if you are looking for a stocking stuffer, hostess gift or to treat yourself in a more sophisticated way then that library is a lovely presentation of a delicious chocolate that will make your mouth VERY happy. Trust us.
Our friends over at Green and Black’s want you all to gift yourself and loved ones this season and have been kind enough to send through the code**: EMILYHOLIDAY20 which will give you, on your next order at greenandblacks.com of $20 or more, 20% off and free standard shipping so you can snag yourself some delicious treats before the holiday season. Definitely be sure to grab yourself a box, you and your mouth won’t regret it. Happy Holidays folks.
*This post was sponsored by GREEN & BLACK’S. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting these vendors who make Emily Henderson Design possible.
**Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. (D.C.). Offer ends 12/31/16 or when 100 “EmilyHoliday20” promo codes are redeemed, whichever is first. For terms and conditions and complete details, including shipping restrictions, visit http://bit.ly/2hbYNCI.
***Photography by Tessa Neustadt