Give Me Some Chocolate!

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Chocolate Never Goes Out of Season

Whether it’s a chocolate bar or a five-pound box, you can never go wrong with a gift of chocolate.  Whether celebrating a big event or saying,  ‘I’m Sorry’, chocolate says it all.

Everyone Loves Chocolate!

The first chocolate gifts can be traced back to the ancient Mesoamerican cultures that revered chocolate. Believing that cacao was a gift from the Gods, cacao beans and drinking chocolates were presented to kings and other ‘Godlike’ people as a sign of reverence and respect.

Feeling Frisky??

Chocolate was also believed to be an aphrodisiac. Montezuma, emperor of the Aztecs, drank up to 50 cups a day of their bitter chocolate drink to maintain his virility. Even Casanova, famous seducer of women, was known to drink chocolate instead of champagne and called it the elixir of love. French doctors were rumored to prescribe chocolate to mend a broken heart.

First Chocolate Gifts

In the 1900’s, Queen Victoria began giving chocolate as holiday gifts to soldiers fighting the Boer War. This practice spread quickly throughout Europe. Chocolate became synonymous with a meaningful gift designed to woo a partner or make someone feel better.

Eventually chocolate became a popular gift in the United States and many parts of the world.  Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and eggs are popular on Easter, chocolate coins on Hanukkah, Santa Claus and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine’s Day.  All of these and more provide meaning to different occasions and the importance we give to those we love the most.

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