The Meaning Behind Your Chocolate Gift

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Chocolate has been given as a gift for many centuries and for many different occasions. The tradition dates back to ancient times when the Aztecs presented cups of a chocolate drink to their royalty, warriors, and explorers.  They believed that the cacao beans that are used to make chocolate were a gift from their gods.  With that being thought they found it appropriate that these members of their society should partake in the gift.

In addition to being known as a food of the Gods, chocolate was also considered to be a aphrodisiac in ancient times.  The Aztec Emperor Montezuma was known to consume several cups of chocolate to sustain his masculinity.  This lead to it’s popularity in Europe despite the bitter taste it had in this time period.  In fact, Casanova called chocolate the “elixir of love” and drank it instead of Champagne.  Due to these beliefs there was a period of time when nuns were forbidden to eat or drink chocolate because of the sexual reputation held by it.  Another story tells of French doctors prescribing chocolates to mend a broken heart.

In recent times, chocolate candies have became a go to gift for many holidays, for dates, or when you are looking to cheer someone up.  For as long as we can remember, the gift of chocolate has meant that you consider the recipient to be someone very special.  In the 1900s, Queen Victoria began giving chocolates as gifts to soldiers as Christmas/New Year’s presents.  The trend was quickly adopted by many Europeans and other nations.  Since then this popular gift item has developed into one of the most consumed food items in the United States.

Beliefs and celebrations that provide the meaning to giving chocolate continue to evolve today.  Valentines Day, Easter, and Christmas are just a few of the popular times when gourmet chocolates are presented to our loved ones as a gifts.  We offer many varieties of chocolate confections in our store and online that are excellent choices for that special person you are shopping for.