Valentine’s Day – The Sweetest Day on Earth

Posted on January 30, 2012

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Every February 14, across the United States and around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones all in the name of Saint Valentine. Every year American spend upwards of $15.7 billion dollars on this holiday of love. Wrapping up one’s affections in a heart-shaped box tied with a red bow has been a common Valentine’s Day practice since the late 19th century, but chocolate’s a relatively recent addition to this celebration of love. Before the invention of affordable, mass-produced chocolates, most couples made do with an array of other sugary confections, including marshmallows, candied nuts, jellied fruit, honey, butterscotch chips, caramels, toffee and pound cakes. For most of our history chocolate was for the wealthy that was until Milton Hershey began mass producing chocolate bars in 1895. That was all it took to make chocolate the official candy of Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate once believed to be an aphrodisiac by the Aztecs has become a staple as a Valentine’s Day gift. Now a day’s Americans buy an upwards of fifty-eight million pounds of this delicious confection. With so many types of chocolate out there it’s hard to find the best one. Many chocolate companies boost the best chocolates in the world but who truly tops the list.
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