When we think of Valentine's Day we mostly think of chocolate! Aside from flowers, it is one of the most popular Valentine’s gifts, an offering from a loved one or secret admirer which displays how much we care.
But where did the thought of gifting chocolates on Valentine's Day come from?
The idea of giving chocolates as a romantic gesture appears to go as far back as the Aztec period, where cacao beans were seen as a highly prized luxury and referred to as ‘the food of the gods’. This is where the idea of chocolate being an aphrodisiac first originated. It is still a popular theory today, although this has never been scientifically proven.
The tradition developed into its most well known image in the Victorian period, where the idea of presenting chocolates was seen as an easy way to a woman’s heart. It became a way to determine whether a potential suitor had good taste, as well as a way to try to seduce a lady who had captured the heart of a man. In those days, it was often taken as a precursor to an offer of marriage.
In the 1800s, chocolatier Richard Cadbury realised the money-making potential of giving chocolates for Valentine’s Day, repackaging some of his chocolate products in a marketing campaign that advertised the produce as a symbol of affection, love, attraction and luxury. All major chocolate makers followed suit and this has remained a part of the Valentine’s tradition to this day.
Here are just some of our favourite chocolate treats that we think you’ll love to give to those close to you this Valentine’s Day.
Brodies of Edinburgh Scottish Berries Chocolates
Demonstrating the fine craftsmanship of Scottish chocolatiers, this delicious offering of handmade chocolates includes flavours of blackcurrant truffle and blueberry parfait as well as raspberry and bramble mousses. It’s the perfect romantic gesture to make this Valentine's Day!
Coco Chocolatier Isle of Skye Sea Salt Milk Chocolate
Wrapped in colourful paper, this chocolate is organic and ethically traded. It is an artisan chocolate, made with a pinch of sea salt to enhance the wonderful flavour. Present this bar with a beautiful bunch of flowers to the lady in your life or with a bottle of cider or whisky for your gentleman, to ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for everyone.
Deanston 12 Year Old Malt Whisky Handmade Fudge
For a fantastic gift that offers something a little different to chocolate, try this fantastic fudge! It achieved a Great Taste Award Gold Star in 2014, for the rich and sweet taste which is sure to impress the lady or gent in your life.
This wonderful hamper is something extra special that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Filled with delicious artisan chocolates, flavoured gin and bubbly champagne, this is a great gift idea that you can enjoy together.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!