Aug. 04, 2022
Valentine's Day is coming up, have you ever wondered how chocolate and love are connected? How did the tradition of giving chocolates on Valentine's Day come about? The history of Valentine's Day dates back to Roman times, but adding chocolate as a staple to the celebration of love was fairly new.
Perhaps it could be that the marketing strategy of 19th-century genius Richard Cadbury continues to be a huge success even today, this century. In the 1800s, his English family used to make chocolate and was looking for a way to use the cocoa butter extracted in the manufacture of chocolate liquor. Richard Cadbury came up with a way to make a chocolate bar that was both delicious and economical. Previously, chocolate was expensive and only the elite was able to purchase it from limited resources. Cadbury was able to produce chocolate that was easy to carry around. His next step was to create beautiful chocolate boxes with cupids and roses, which were very popular in the Victorian era and were considered a symbol of romance. Needless to say, his chocolates became palatable and commercialized and were therefore sold like hot cakes.
Food And Chocolate Packaging
With so many trends coming and going, there must be something about chocolate that, even today, in almost every English-speaking country in the world, giving your loved one a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day is a widely popular tradition. Now, even a box of chocolates is being preserved as a memory keepsake, which is a century old. You must have heard stories of old people, especially war valets, keeping love letters from their beloved ones in a box of chocolates in the attic or basement. It was decades before their descendants could find these love letters in the chocolate boxes.
Besides the beautiful packaging, great taste, and texture, there are many reasons why chocolate and red roses are exclusively associated with Valentine's Day.
Chocolate comes from the cacao tree, also known as "theobroma cacao", which means "food of God" in Greek. While we may agree with the word based on taste, in ancient Mayan civilizations where the cacao gods were sacred, the word had more spiritual and literal meaning. The Aztecs used to exchange cacao beans as currency and food and drink for the privileged among them. So if chocolate is a food fit for the gods, then it may be enough for your significant other or even yourself.
The fact is that chocolate has a huge physical and emotional impact on people. Giving chocolate is not only a symbol of love, but also a way to express joy, inspire desire, express apologies and rekindle friendships, or even just boost the mood, as it is a powerful mood enhancer.
The darker the chocolate, the better it is for your health. Dark chocolate contains chemicals that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which fight free radicals in the body. Not only that, but it also lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. In addition to its health benefits, it is even good for the skin, as dark chocolate contains bioactive compounds that increase skin density and hydration.
And there is considerable evidence that dark chocolate can improve brain function, as cocoa contains small amounts of stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine. All in all, dark chocolate is a versatile ingredient that is not only a great way to show your love, but it's also good for your heart. And it provides radiance and youthfulness to your face while enhancing your thinking skills.
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