Why Do We Give Chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

Valentines Day Chocolates



The 14th of February is Valentine’s Day – a working holiday, which is celebrated worldwide.

While seemingly over-commercialized, the sales of many items, such as aftershave/perfume, big red balloons, cards, chocolate, jewelry, lingerie, and plush toys sky-rocket (along with the prices).

These gifts are almost seen as traditional.

Just a cool fact to get us started… February is the time when chocolate factories reach an all-time high in sales and production.

But why do we give chocolate?

Milk Chocolate

Chocolate is supposed to symbolize affection, attraction, deep love, luxury, passion, and sensuality.

Some scientists have undertaken various studies and seen that chocolate is also an aphrodisiac.

It increases the desire and energy levels. Endorphins are released.

And as Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde (2001) said, “Endorphins make you happy.”

Chocolate comes from “Theobroma cacao” tree, which in Greek translates as to “food for the Gods”.

People see this message and realize that if it’s good enough for the Gods, it must be good for my boy/girlfriend.

How Chocolate Affects Humans.

A white heart shapes box with chocolate inside individually wrapped in deep red paper

It has a huge psychological and emotional effect on people.

It can show a sincere apology, express delight and happiness, initiate desire, reflect love, rekindle friendships, and uplift morale.

With all these benefits to humans and an incredible taste, why shouldn’t you give chocolate to someone you hold near and dear to you this Valentine?

Did You Know…

A Chinese woman happy to receive a gift

Interestingly, there is a tradition in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, known as White Day.

On February 14th, women give men their gifts.

On March 14th the men then give their gifts, usually, white chocolate chip cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie, and marshmallows.

A general rule states that the return gift should be double, or triple the cost of the Valentine gift.

About The Author

Zoe Adams
Zoe Adams

Zoe Adams is professional blogger and freelance writer with five short story acceptances, with multiple companies. Her latest achievement was graduating for a BA (Hons) in Professional Writing.

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