It was the Aztecs who first drew a link between the cocoa bean and sexual pleasure. Their emperor, Montezuma, was said to have consumed copious amounts of the stuff in an effort to fuel his infamous romantic trysts.
Today, chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac that has a particular effect on women. There are two chemical compounds — one a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal and the other a stimulant that is released in the brain when people fall in love — present in chocolate that promote feelings of pleasure.
But while science shows the existence of these compounds, most researchers believe that the levels of these substances in chocolate are too low to have any measurable effect on desire. Maybe you just need to eat more of the stuff to get any measurable effect.
Whatever the science is behind chocolate’s feel-good properties, there’s no denying chocolate is a mainstay of any Valentine’s Day celebration so with that in mind here are three totally indulgent chocolate recipes that are sure to get you feeling sexy in no time.
It may be a cliché but nothing says romance more than chocolate and strawberries. Packed full of vitamin C, potassium and zinc, eating a ripe strawberry or, better yet, a chocolate-covered strawberry, is a sure way to stimulate your senses and your libido. This recipe for chocolate strawberry fondue will not only get you in the mood but with the added benefit of a side serving of fruit it’s pretty much a health food.
There’s something a little comforting about a mug of hot chocolate and the thought of cosying up under a blanket with a mug of steaming, chocolatey goodness and your loved one. This recipe not only comes with a healthy dose of chocolate but a good pinch of cinnamon too — sure to get you and your lover's blood pumping.
Makes two cups
What’s better than a pot of silky, chocolate custard? A pot of silky, chocolate custard topped with a Tim Tam, of course. Decadent, yes, but Valentine’s Day is a day for indulging so get on board with these uniquely Australian chocolate treats.
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Chocolate Pot recipe
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