Why do we give chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

By February 14, 2017Uncategorized

For years, people have gifted chocolate to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered where this tradition originated?

According to the Smithsonian, chocolate itself has existed for over 2,000 years. During an excavation in Honduras, University of Pennsylvania researchers found a piece of pottery with cacao powder on it. This piece has been estimated to have an origin of 1400 BCE.

The Mayans and Aztecs believed that cacao beans were powerful, so they used them in birth, marriage, and death rituals. Potentially, this is the beginning of the association of chocolate with love and affection.

DSC_4195Later, the Aztec King Montezuma introduced a chocolate beverage (just like our NibMor drinking chocolate!) to Europeans. It was very bitter at first but once prepared with sugar it quickly became a delicacy for the wealthy upper class.

Historically, it is written that Montezuma drank large amounts of his chocolate beverage to enhance his sexual performance. Perhaps this is why romance and chocolate are linked. According to an article in the New York Times, chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac because of two chemicals it contains: tryptophan and phenylethylamine.

In 1847, Fry & Son created the first-ever chocolate product. Then, in 1861, Cadbury created the first-ever heart-shaped box. So you can see that historically, special holiday packaging has been around for a while!

Here at NibMor, we have a Valentine’s Day box too. It’s in a cute red box with hearts on it, and inside, it’s got six Daily Dose bars for you or your loved one. We hope that you all have a beautiful day and enjoy some chocolate! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sources:

http://www.statehornet.com/campus/chocolate-its-history-and-why-we-we-love-it-for/article_a7e85486-9416-11e3-aee5-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.foodtimeline.org/valentines.html