Chocolate and Romance Go Together like Valentines and Sweethearts.
The legendary combination of chocolate and passionate love goes back to the ancient Aztec culture. Chocolate had a revered status, being reserved for royalty and sacred events. Chocolate was also a stimulate, reportedly stimulating passion and increasing sexual satisfaction.
Hmmm, kind of makes that box of chocolates your sweetheart gives you for Valentine’s Day seem not so innocent.
The chocolate that we eat today, while being sweet and sensuous, is diluted compared to the elixirs used by Montezuma, Casanova and Madame Du Barry. Today’s chocolate is mixed with sugar and fat, instead of being the nearly straight chocolate eaten hundreds of years ago.
Chocolate was consumed as a beverage until the 1800’s. The ancient Maya and Aztec cultures drank chocolate as a hot beverage, mixed with water and perhaps other spices. The brew was not sweetened, so it was a dark bitter drink.
When chocolate was brought to Europe in the 1500’s it was a drink reserved for royalty and the very wealthy. The drink was too bitter for European tastes, so sugar was added. Chocolate was introduced to the Paris royal courts in the 1600’s. The French chocolate beverage was thick and frothy.
According to legend, chocolate is a powerful love potion. There are many examples of people who considered chocolate an aphrodisiac and used it to enhance the sexual gratification of themselves and their sexual partner.
People have believed in it’s aphrodisiac properties since it’s discovery by the ancient Central American cultures.
The Aztec’s took advantage of chocolate’s love inducing properties The Spanish conquerors carried the belief about chocolate enhancing sex to Europe.
Montezuma, the Aztec Chief, supposedly drank 50 cups of chocolate a day. For an added boost, he downed an additional cup to increase his stamina before consorting with his female sexual companions. Montezuma introduced chocolate to the Spanish conquistadors, who brought the exquisite treat to Spain.
Casanova, born in 1725 in Venice was reportedly the greatest lover of all time and a true lover of women,. Casanova supposedly considered chocolate an elixir and drank it daily to increase his amorous energy. He is said to have preferred chocolate over champagne as an aphrodisiac, although he often used them both. One of the reasons that Casanova was considered a great lover was that his goal was to give his sexual partner as much pleasure as he sought for himself.
The Marquis De Sade of Paris was an author, as well as the inspiration for the term “sadistic”. He had his wife send him chocolate in prison. He was also rumored to have thrown a hedonistic party where he served guests chocolate laced with cantharsis (a Spanish fly, also believed to induce lust).
Madame Du Barry, was a mistress of French King Louis XV. Madame Du Barry was reported to be a nymphomaniac who encouraged her lovers to drink chocolate before lovemaking to keep up with her.
Madame De Pompadour, who was another mistress of French King Louis XV, was on the frigid side, so she was advised to drink chocolate mixed with ambergris to stimulate her desire for sex.
On St. Valentine’s Day sending chocolate to the one you love has become traditional. The Valentines Day chocolate’s mysterious properties are supposed to seduce the beloveds heart and cause them to return loving feelings. Many chocoholics would say that they would have loving feelings to anyone who gives them chocolate.
Chocolate has a long reputation as an aphrodisiac but the reasons for this are mysterious. Scientists today acknowledge that there is a libido enhancing chemical in chocolate, but that the amount of the chemical in chocolate is too small and to short lasting to have much effect on lovemaking.
Chocolate is supposed to boost serotonin, the “feel good” chemical that is an antidepressant. However the health benefits of chocolate are still being debated. Even if it only makes you feel a little better, it is worth it. Dark chocolate delivers more actual chocolate then milk chocolate. If you are eating chocolate for a boost, dark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is the superior choice.
Sweethearts give chocolate for many reasons. When giving chocolate, along with it comes a long history of royalty, riches, passionate love and romance.
Does chocolate stimulate passionate love, or romance? I don’t know if it has the magical properties that some people claim, but think there is something to them. Deep in our psyche, we feel appreciated, valued and loved when someone gives us chocolate. That makes chocolate very conducive to romance.