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Valentine’s Fun Facts About Chocolate


There are lots of great reasons to send sweet foods & gifts to your Valentine, but when it comes to sweets, do you really need a reason? Chocolates, candies, cakes and cookies are the types of tasty treats that will make your special someone’s day unforgettable. Read on for some fun facts to satisfy every sweet tooth! godiva-be-my-valentine-basket
  • Cavemen who ate honey from beehives were the first ones to search high and low for sweet treats. (So we can’t help ourselves—it’s in our genes!)
  • During ancient times, the Egyptians, Arabs and Chinese prepared confections of fruit and nuts candied in honey.
  • Chocolate has been used as a gift since the days of the Aztecs.
  • In the 1700s, the giving of Valentine’s gifts became a common practice. Chocolate became a popular gift once it stopped being exclusively for the rich and became available to the general public.
  • Chocolates for Valentine’s Day remains the most popular gift idea for the holiday. While chocolate is far less expensive than jewelry, it’s still considered a sumptuous treat.
  • Ten percent of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron is found in one ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa.
  • Some candies, such as lollipops, candy canes, gummi candies, gum drops, licorice twists and sour balls are relatively low in calories – a cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins!
  • It was chocolate syrup, and not blood, that rained down the drain in the famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho
  • If you think your sweet tooth is out of hand, wait until you hear this delicious fact! The largest chocolate bar in the world weighs a record-breaking 5 tons. Talk about a big Valentine’s Day surprise!
  • The first chocolate bar produced by a machine was made in 1780 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Chocolate is a natural energy booster, so it makes the perfect light treat to keep you powering through that work day (and keep you lively enough to entertain your Valentine)!
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