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Its history may be as rich as it now tastes but it wasn’t always the case. Chocolate began life as a rather ordinary beverage. I don’t know what it is about chocolate that instantly transforms me into a food nympho. The predilection is also dependent on the time of the month. Some women, like me, crave more sugar just before their monthly period and if market visits aren’t timed right, all hell can break loose in the confectionery aisle.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of chocolate as a romantic gift, but the fascination with chocolate, as a beverage, began centuries ago and its appeal is also linked to status. Chocolate may be affordable now but it wasn’t always the case.

Seriously though, chocolate’s positive aspects include:

  • Its ability to lower blood pressure.
  • The anti-oxidants in dark chocolate are beneficial, like all anti-oxidants, in mopping up free radicals.
  • Chocolate contains substances that are beneficial for the body: dopamine, serotonin and monoamine oxidase, to name a few.

On a more positive note, Valentine’s Day tends to be flaunted on a commercial level. It tends to be floral overload, especially at the workplace. But what about the internal experience, and I’m not just referring to sex here. Rather than pay someone else to cook, fun could be had in creating our own food. Whether good or bad, or even somewhere in between, cooking a special meal or dessert, for this day can be fun, as it can be all year round.

As I mentioned, chocolate is my weakness and most chocoholics will attest to the momentary lapse of reason in the presence of chocolate, or a heap of chocolate recipes to try out.

If cooking isn’t your forte, there are companies that specialize in the art of chocolate making. Chocolate is so damn popular that it (deservedly) features in DMOZ. The exhaustive list of chocolatiers on DMOZ caters to every budget and taste, that it’s impossible to say no.

This Valentine’s Day you can express yourself in a variety of ways, Chocolate is just as versatile as flowers.

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