As February 14 rolls around we are inundated with images of hearts and flowers, chocolate and wine. Suggestions abound for how to show that special someone how you feel about them, maybe via a romantic dinner with champagne followed by a candle lit spa bath. But one food group crops up time after time. Chocolate.
Richard Cadbury, head of the British chocolate manufacturing family, is credited with the business savvy that saw chocolate boxes reach new heights of elaborate beauty in Victorian England. Gorgeous and permanent, these chocolate boxes were gifts to treasure, both for the high quality chocolates they contained and for the box itself. One could keep love letters or jewellery or locks of a lover’s hair within. While Mr Cadbury may not have patented the heart-shaped chocolate box, he did design these miniature and delectable works of art himself and paved the way for the market as we know it today.
For many years, chocolate has been a popular way to say I love you. Now I freely admit to being a salt and vinegar chip fan, but a pretty box of chocolates tied up with red ribbon would be wonderful on Valentine’s Day. Am I likely to get one? No. My husband isn’t a chocolate giver. He’s more likely to show me how much he loves me by helping me exercise off the extra Christmas pounds. And you know what, me and my hips will appreciate that too!
Foodwise, what will you be doing for your Valentine? Leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll randomly draw two winners to receive your choice of one of my ebooks.
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