Valentine’s Day Treats From Quiggin’s
With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, we know many of you will be looking for Valentine’s day gifts. Look no further. Quiggin’s has an array of chocolate treats perfect for a valentine’s gift.
But why give chocolate?
Chocolate has been one of the most popular gifts to give on Valentine’s day since the Victorian age. As well as just being a delicious gift to give, there are other reasons why this century-old tradition continues to be popular.
Chocolate is an aphrodisiac
Eating chocolate can make you feel more romantic. The Aztecs believed this, as did European royalty, who would give their lovers chocolate mixed with amber.
But it isn’t just superstition. There is science to back this up.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is a natural antidepressant. Plus, it’s one of the chemicals your brain produces when you fall in love. So eating chocolate can make you feel those feelings of joy and excitement.
Chocolate is good for your health
Well, dark chocolate is. Dark chocolate contains chemicals that lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. It also has antioxidants that fight against the free radicals in your body.
So technically, by giving your partner dark chocolate, you’re actually taking care of their health. Obviously, this is only true when eaten in moderation, so you’ll have to eat the chocolate together!
Chocolate makes you happy
Here’s another scientific fact for you. Chocolate contains tryptophan, which is linked to the production of serotonin (or the happy hormone). Serotonin produces feelings of happiness, so chocolate can bring on those feelings.
Chocolate also contains theobromine. Theobromine can act as a stimulant that creates a relaxing effect and can relieve stress.
Giving the gift of chocolate will definitely make your Valentine very happy. It’s science!
Chocolate is the food of Gods
Cocoa trees are called Theobroma Cacao, which translates to ‘food for the gods.’
The Ancient Maya civilisation believed the cacao god was sacred. They even had an annual festival to honour their cacao god, Ek Chuah.
Cacao was an essential part of Mesoamerican civilisations. It was used as currency. It was one of the ingredients used in ritual offerings linked to fertility and love. And drinks made from cacao were drunk at negotiations between suitors and prospective fathers-in-law.
If a food has been so highly regarded for thousands of years, then it’s definitely worth buying for that special person in your life.
Chocolate Gift Ideas
Now you know why chocolate is such a popular valentine’s gift, it’s time to select your chocolate present.
We produce lots of chocolatey delights that are perfect for Valentine’s day.
Our chocolate enrobed mint cake mixes the sweet peppermint flavours with the bitter plain chocolate and is a popular choice for sweet lovers everywhere.
For an extra treat, buy them a Kendal mint cake gift box filled with sumptuous chocolate-covered mint cake.
We also make chocolate covered peppermint creams, chocolate-covered marzipan bars and beautiful chocolate hearts.
Or, if you really want to impress, why not choose from one of our luxury gift hampers that obviously contain some of our delicious chocolate confectionery.
With such a wide range of gifts and treats, you’ll be able to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s day.