Chocolate — A Natural Valentine’s Gift

Yesterday I spent some time exploring the origins of St Valentines Day which falls on February 14th, about 3 weeks away. Today I decided to have a look at one of the most popular Valentine’s gifts, chocolate. The giving of chocolate, especially luxury chocolates, has become symbolic of Valentine’s Day. Chocolate, since it’s earliest days has been believed to have aphrodisiac qualities which is likely why men are so apt to give the love of their hearts chocolate on Valentine’s Day. During the year 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women. On Valentine’s Day, men account for 75% of the chocolate purchased for that day. A Brief History of Chocolate Chocolate has a rich history of being an indulgence of the rich, a luxury not easily attained by the masses until the industrial revolution allowed for cheaper mass production. It wasn’t until the 1800s that chocolate in the solid form we associate the term with came into being. Before then, to have chocolate was to have it in drink form. In a sense, chocolate and the cocoa beans it is made from was a reversal of civilization. It was the Aztecs and the Maya people as far back as 2000 B.C. who first started using the cocoa bean. They viewed it as “god’s food”. Cocoa beans were used for health. They first developed an unsweetened drink from the...

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