Valentine’s Day fast approaches, the holiday on which people in love give chocolate to the objects of their affection and single people eat chocolate to self-medicate or celebrate their current life choice to cook for one. Chocolate as a symbol for love makes sense as it is said to be an aphrodisiac, contains caffeine and the vasodilator theobromine. It also molds nicely into love-related shapes like hearts or cherubs. Also, cacao pods, the giant beans that are the basis of chocolate, were sacred to the Aztecs because they look like human hearts — an organ the Aztecs themselves had holidays dedicated to torturing, much like our Valentine’s Day.
And while giving boxed chocolates or chocolate organs (and not just hearts) is the overriding Valentine’s Day tradition, there’s a form of chocolate that more readily pulls on the heartstrings.
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