For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate being poured

Why do we link chocolate with Valentine's Day?  Let's see what the experts say:

In his article Why Chocolate for Valentine's Day, David Eisen, ( tells us:

Elaine Sherman wrote "Chocolate is heavenly, mellow, sensual, deep, dark, sumptuous, gratifying, potent, dense, creamy, seductive, suggestive, rich, excessive, silky, smooth, luxurious, celestial. Chocolate is downfall, happiness, pleasure, love, ecstasy, fantasy … chocolate makes us wicked, guilty, sinful, healthy, chic, happy." What more could you want to say to your lover on Valentines Day? Even the scientific name for the tree from which chocolate is derived, Theobroma cacao, translated from Greek, means "food of the gods".

It isn't all about taste, it is also about chemistry.  Chocolate contains mood altering chemicals, including seotonin (the brain's antidepressant and anti-anxiety substance) and endorphins (the pleasure chemicals).  High levels of these chemicals have been linked to the experience of "falling in love."  It is no wonder, then, that chocolate has been seen as a mood enhancer and an aphrodisiac for ages. 

Eisen continues: 

Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate, conducted a survey and found: 97% of women reported cravings, 68% of which are for chocolate, 50% would choose chocolate over sex, and 22% were more likely than men to choose chocolate as a mood elevator. These findings could easily be interpreted as a result of how chocolate makes us feel. I don't know why more women choose chocolate than men, for I am a man and I love chocolate.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it is time to check your chocolate resources.  Women may crave chocolate and its effects more than men, but chemistry is chemistry.  Why don't you and your valentine treat each other with some mood altering indulgence:  Eat chocolate together!



2 Responses to For the Love of Chocolate

  1. Patrice H February 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I really love the Valentine information that you have been giving us this week. The special individuals and items that make this a special holiday are very interesting. Thanks

  2. Carolan Landewee February 24, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    What a beautiful card! May I please have the
    tutorial? I would especially like to know which re-inker colors were used.
    Did you use Versamark ink and white embossing powder to stamp the flower, or white craft ink
    and clear embossing powder? What was the main image of the 5th Avenue Floral image stamped on? was it the bride specialty paper, or vellum? I haven’t done the floating re-inker technique. do you thin the re-inker drop with water? do you put water in yhe water brush to pick up the re-inker color? Thanks in advance.

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