Every year, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, we’re compelled to go out to buy and enjoy chocolate with the ones we love. But why? What is it about chocolate that identifies it so powerfully with romance? And is it all in our heads? Well, yes it is - but necessarily how you think.
The truth is, there are actually scientifically based reasons behind why chocolate is our go-to for Valentine’s Day and the romance around it. There are naturally occurring chemicals in chocolate that are good for you and the darker the chocolate, the higher it will be in substances associated with physical and emotional well-being. One of those substances is theobromine, which is found in larger quantities in chocolate than any other food. It’s a gentle stimulant, that as well as increasing blood flow also increases serotonin, it’s also a neurotransmitter known for igniting feelings of love and romantic pleasure.
Another one of chocolate’s powerful components is phenylethylamine, which stimulates the body to release endorphins (feel-good neurotransmitters), and also increases the activity of dopamine, the body’s reward chemical, combining to produce the kind of feeling that you get when you are in love. And the latest happy-making component to be traced in chocolate is anandamide, a cannabinoid whose name is derived – with good reason – from the Sanskrit for “bliss”.
Just those two components alone make this treat a superfood to be enjoyed. It literally releases the necessary hormones necessary for you to reduce stress and feel good.
So fine chocolate looks good, smells good, tastes good, feels good in the mouth, and contains things which make you feel good.
But let’s not just talk about how it’s so good. Let’s instead make the best of it and be sure to enjoy it in it’s fullest possibilities!
This year for Valentine’s Day, in addition to all of our delectable custom baked cakes and delights, we’re adding chocolate covered strawberries to your feel-good, romantic experience! You and your love will simply melt as the chocolate shell cracks on your tongue, revealing the fresh strawberry juice and bright refreshing texture of nature’s candy coated with nature’s “feel-good” superfood.
This year, enjoy Valentine’s Day with the best chocolate treats you can find, from the family owned bakery you know and love, Ontario Bakery. We can’t wait to make your special day full of love, flavor and delight!