Top Five Reasons Romance and Chocolate Go Together
by Christi Barth, author of A Fine Romance
Some things in life just inherently go together. Bread and butter. New Year’s Eve and champagne. Unattractive rock musicians and uber-skinny, gorgeous models (that one’s a head-scratcher, but still true). One of the most ubiquitous pairings I can think of is romance and chocolate. So when I started plotting A Fine Romance, the second book in the Aisle Bound series, it didn’t take long to figure out whom to pair with the heroine. Mira’s the manager of a romance store—obviously the best guy for her is the sexy gourmet chocolatier who works next door. Right? The teeny, tiny fact that she hates chocolate? Well, that just makes things interesting.
But why do romance and chocolate go together so well? Glad you asked. Here are the top five reasons:
- Historically speaking, it’s the food of the gods. Literally. The Mayans honored a cacao god, Quetzalcoatl. The Aztecs used it as money, and Cortez took it to Spain, where the nobility used it as medicine. Who are we to ignore history? What’s more romantic than eating the food of the GODS?
- Romance and hearts are just about synonymous. And it just so happens that chocolate spurs on the heart as an aphrodisiac, and can help prevent heart disease. Casanova chose it as an aphrodisiac over champagne! As my hero, Sam explains, “Dark chocolate boosts serotonin and releases endorphins, which lifts your mood. In other words, if you ate a truffle, you might not be such an uptight bitch.” Trust me, he’s got his reasons for being pissy with Mira. She just clocked him over the head with a vase.
- Chocolate is an eight-billion-dollar industry worldwide. One big reason is the tie to romance. Not to throw men under the bus (cause there are very romantic men out there), but many of them just don’t get ‘romance’. But they know one fact – giving chocolate’s an almost guaranteed way to put a smile on a woman’s face. As an I’m sorry, or I love you, or whatever the reason, it is one of the easiest and most romantic gifts in the world. No sizes or colors to worry about.
- Chocolate is finger food. You could end up chipping a tooth if try to feed your special someone a bite of steak on a fork. But pick up a chocolate truffle, let his lips close around your fingers, and I guarantee that you’ll both start feeling…ahem…romantic. Or, if you melt it down, things can get even more interesting. Sam’s got an interesting way to make Mira like chocolate again: With the same careful precision he used to create the intricate basket weave designs on wedding cakes, he squeezed the warm, melted chocolate onto her breast in a heart shape. Gotta keep this PG, so I can’t reveal any more. But I’m sure you get the idea.
- Valentine’s Day spurs on the tradition of sending chocolates to the object of your affection – following the theory that the chocolate would work upon that person to turn their heart towards yours. Why knock what’s worked for centuries?