Foods that stimulate the senses are considered aphrodisiacs and are often linked to love and romance. Cacao and chocolate has long been considered one of these. In fact, chocolate was viewed as an aphrodisiac by the Mayan and Aztec cultures, which believed that it invigorated men and made women less inhibited. So it comes as no surprise that everyone is looking for the ultimate Valentine’s Day Treats to celebrate the 14th February.
The aphrodisiac qualities of cacao are partly due to the simple sensual pleasure of its consumption. However, cacao’s indulgent nature is also reported to stimulate the hypothalamus, which induces pleasurable sensations and affects the levels of serotonin in the brain.
CACAO: GOOD FOR THE HEART
Cacao is good for our hearts physically, as well as romantically! Full of healthy flavanols, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals cacao is known to be a true superfood that can help sustain a healthy heart, support good circulation and so much more.
Studies continually suggest a positive relationship between the consumption of polyphenols, naturally found in both cacao and cocoa, and heart health. The link between cacao consumption and heart health goes back many years and has been and continues to be a popular area of scientific interest.
CACAO: PUTTING YOU IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
Show your love with one of some simple and truly indulgent Valentine’s Day Treats, from decadent chocolatey desserts to passion-inducing edible. Sweet or savoury, we’ve got you covered.
Start the day with a big chocolatey ‘I love you’ and serve this decadent alternative to traditional french toast. Its velvety chocolate texture and taste will make you think twice whether you want to share this or not!
Some say ‘love starts from the stomach’. Well, we couldn’t let them down… This recipe of Venison Bourguignon with Food Thoughts 100% Pure Cacao Melts and Boosh Organic Beef Bone Broth will impress your other half this Valentine’s Day, and any winter’s night. Our twist on the French classic results in a wonderfully tender, slow cooked venison, and is enhanced with a rich and velvety dark chocolate sauce to deliver a real depth of flavour.
Who wouldn’t fall in love with these super chocolatey Cacao Melting Pots? They are really easy and quick to make, look elegant and taste great.
And if your ideal Valentine’s evening consists of watching Love Actually (for the 10th time) in your pyjamas, then grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate – the ultimate partner ❤️️