Valentine’s Day Is Coming – Candy Lovers Rejoice!!

Here is some interesting background on what makes the day special:

(from eHow.co.uk)

Valentine’s Day has a history that is full of legends. No one is really sure of its origin. Some say that a Roman called St. Valentine was honored because he did not want to give up his religion. He died on February 14, 269 A.D. Another legend tells us that St. Valentine was a priest in Rome and he defied the Emperor, Claudius II. This Emperor could not find soldiers to join his military. He thought that it was because Roman men refused to leave their significant others. He believed that men were distracted by their love interest and could not do their duty. He decided to cancel all marriages and engagements in Rome. So, St. Valentine allowed lovers to get married in secrecy. Due to these actions, Claudius immediately threw St. Valentine in jail. During this time, this romantic saint fell in love with a young lady. Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter that said “From your Valentine.” Others say it originated from a fertility festival called Lupercalia that was held on February 15. In this festival, Roman boys drew names of Roman girls out of an urn to determine who would be their partner. This newly formed “couple” would then give each other gifts during the festival. Over the years, Valentine’s candy has been exchanged between sweethearts.

Valentine’s Candy, as we know it today, was introduced to the world in 1868. Richard Cadbury created the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Since 1902, Necco has produced candy hearts that have their own sweet sayings on them. Sayings such as “Kiss Me,” Be Mine” and “Hug Me” are written on these colorful hearts. Each year, the company comes up with new sayings.
Valentine’s candy takes the form of heart lollipops, gummy lips, and colorful jelly beans. Other popular choices are cellophane heart-shaped boxes sealed with a colorful ribbon that contain a variety of chocolates inside. These may be chocolate caramels, bon bons, and turtles. Chocolate candy includes creamy chocolate candy, long-stemmed chocolate roses, and chocolate covered cherries. Others want to bring back memories of the good old days and choose SweetTarts, heart ring pops, and red hot candy hearts. The choices for Valentine’s candy are endless.
The purpose of Valentine’s candy is to show someone how much you care about them. It’s a day where you reveal to a secret admire that you long to be his one and only. When it comes to what kind of candy to give to your sweetheart, budget may be an issue. It is the sentiment behind the gift that should matter. Enjoy the candy that your sweetheart gives you. Valentine’s Day is meant to be fun, but the greatest gift that you can give is quality time with her.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and seratonin, which are chemicals that the brain produces naturally. This can give rise to feelings of love or lust. These euphoric feelings may be what gives chocolate its amorous reputation. Throughout history, chocolate has long been thought to be an aphrodisiac. Rest assured that your partner will be in a good mood after you have given her chocolate to munch on.


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Article by Marv Parker

TV/Video Producer and Host, chocolate enthusiast, truffle maker, wine pairing consultant, food photographer and corn bread maker.

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