Valentine's, Love, & Chocolate

Did you know that the history of Valentine's Day goes back to Roman Times?

According to the history channel, "Valentine’s Day is actually named for two different Roman saints, both called Valentine and both utterly unconnected to romantic love. Though legend persists that the original St. Valentine was a priest who performed illegal marriages for the Emperor Claudius’ soldiers, there’s no evidence to suggest this ever happened. The first mention of St. Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday appeared in the writings of Chaucer in 1382. With the medieval period came a new focus on illicit but chaste courtly love, and it is here that we see some of the familiar iconography begin to appear. Knights would give roses to their maidens and celebrate their beauty in songs from afar. But sugar was still a precious commodity in Europe, so there was no talk of exchanging candy gifts."

Into this love crazed direction came Richard Cadbury, the British chocolate maker who worked to make drinking chocolate much more palatable with a process that extracted the excess cocoa butter from the cocoa beans, yielding a product that ultimately became known as "eating chocolate". These eating chocolates were later fashioned into beautifully stylish, red, heart shaped boxes that later became the tradition of giving chocolate to your sweetie on Valentine's Day.

So if you enjoy chocolate, you can thank bold entrepreneurs such as Mr. Cadbury for paving the way! Happy Valentine's Day y'all!


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