Romance and Chocolate

Romance and Chocolate
There’s no question, chocolate and romance go together, but have you ever thought why?   Many believe chocolate to be an aphrodisiac and there are many ties between chocolate and romance throughout history. It was the Aztecs who were the first to believe chocolate had love inducing properties and the Aztec Emperor Montezuma purportedly drank 50 golden goblets of chocolate each day.  This belief was passed on from the Aztecs to the Spanish and brought to Europe. From there, chocolate has been regarded as an aphrodisiac, and at times, even a powerful love potion that stimulates passionate love. Some believed that giving chocolate would actually seduce your beloved’s heart. Casanova reportedly the “world’s greatest lover” was said to drink chocolate daily to increase his amorous energy. Myths and folklore aside, science tells us that chocolate does in fact boost the mood effecting chemicals in our brains including serotonin and phenylethylamine. As the normal levels of these chemicals are increased, feelings of excitement and energy are heightened and sensations of love and romance are enhanced. Valentine’s Day is always associated with heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates but chocolate can be incorporated into your day in many ways.  Start with a chocolate based cocktail such as a Chocolate Martini, French Kiss, Milky Way or Chocolate Covered Raspberry.  Choc MartiniWhile there are numerous recipes to guide you in preparing these cocktails, these are our favorites:
Chocolate Martini
1 Part Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Part Vanilla Vodka
1 Part Crème de Cacao
1 Part Cream
Shake over ice, strain and garnish with chocolate shavings or rim with cocoa powder.
 
 Chocolate Covered Raspberry
1 Part Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Part Raspberry Liqueur
1 Part Raspberry Vodka
1 Part Cream
Shake over ice, strain and garnish with Fresh Raspberries
In addition to cocktails, there are so many rich chocolate dessert recipes to consider.  fondueChocolate fondue is very easy to prepare and you can add your favorite flavors to the melted chocolate including espresso, peanut butter or flavored liqueurs such as Baileys, Chambord or Kahlua.  From there, you can dip strawberries or your favorites in the fondue for a fun and decadent dessert. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with chocolate!