Dark Chocolate Melting on the Tongue for Exquisite Sensations of Intense Pleasure

Is Dark Chocolate an Aphrodisiac?

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Studies show that dark chocolate is better than passionate kissing

When was the last time you had a really passionate toes-tingling kiss? Can you remember the heart-pounding, double-espresso feelings it brought to your entire body? The sparks were flying, the air was so electric you could taste it, and you were willing to stay up all night just to be with this great sensation.

It is said that eating a piece of chocolate, excellent chocolate, is as good as and maybe even better than a passionate kiss with someone you madly love. Scientists in the UK, the US, and in Japan did tests to determine if this were true.


Measuring Passionate Kiss
Measuring Passionate Kiss | Source
Measuring Chocolate Melting on Tongue
Measuring Chocolate Melting on Tongue | Source
Comparing Brain Scans
Comparing Brain Scans | Source

Scientific Tests Reveal Fine Dark Chocolate Beats Passionate Kissing


Scientists in Britain hooked electrodes up to the brains and hearts of healthy young couples who were madly in love with their partner. Each couple was asked to kiss passionately. They all did, without any embarrassment! Their heartbeat and their brain activity were measured during each kiss.



Then, in order to clear their mind of passionate kissing, they were asked to count backwards by 7 from 200.




They were then given a piece of dark chocolate to taste. They were instructed to bite off a piece of the fine dark chocolate then put it on their tongue and allow it to melt.




Their heartbeat and their brain activity were measured again during their enjoyment of the chocolate.



“There is no doubt that chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz. A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most passionate kiss.”

- Dr David Lewis, The Mind Lab.

Dr David Lewis, formerly with the University of Sussex in Britain and now with The Mind Lab, performed one of the chocolate tests we see above. He was surprised and intrigued with the results he found. Although he expected chocolate to increase heart rates because of the substances in chocolate, he did not expect an increase in heart rates from a resting rate of about 60 beats per minute to go as high as 140. Nor did he expect the “buzz”, as he calls it, from chocolate to last so much longer than the effects of a passionate kiss.



Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love

Luscious Strawberries with Melting Dark Chocolate
Luscious Strawberries with Melting Dark Chocolate | Source
Amore  A divine red heart of dark chocolate ganache infused with bergamot, enclosed in velvety white chocolate.
Amore A divine red heart of dark chocolate ganache infused with bergamot, enclosed in velvety white chocolate. | Source

Anthropologist Helen Fisher is the author of,

Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love

-a provocative book that provides answers to age-old questions such as, why do we feel certain things when we ‘fall in love’? She and her research colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and SUNY Stony Brook, studied the brain circuitry and chemistry of romantic love through fMRI brain scanning and determined that love is not an emotion.

According to Dr Fisher, love is not an emotion!

Love is a motivation system, it’s a drive, it’s part of the reward system of the brain.”

Fisher goes on to divide love into three "primary mating drives" that involve three different but related brain systems and different sets of androgens, neurotransmitters, and hormones at each stage:

1) Lust (the craving for sexual gratification), driven by androgens and estrogens;

2) Attraction (romantic or passionate love, euphoria, focused attention, obsessive thinking, and intense craving for the individual), driven by high dopamine and norepinephrine levels and low serotonin levels;

3) Attachment (the sense of calm, peace, and stability one feels with a long-term partner) driven by the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.

When comparing the effects of chocolate on the brain and body with Dr Fisher’s primary mating drives we are most interested in the second mating drive she describes, Attraction.

According to Dr Fisher, during the Attraction phase of our mating drives we experience similar feelings as those we experience when we eat fine dark chocolate. These feelings and sensations are the result of several neurotransmitters: dopamine, adrenaline, serotonin (also found in chocolate) kicking in and affecting the body and brain in similar ways.



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Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome
Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome | Source
Champagne and Chocolate
Champagne and Chocolate | Source
Oh my favorite - Chocolate Mousse!
Oh my favorite - Chocolate Mousse! | Source
Chocolate squares with blueberries and strawberries
Chocolate squares with blueberries and strawberries | Source

So What’s in Chocolate that Makes Us Feel Soooo Good

Chocolate has a reputation of being an aphrodisiac, not surprisingly given what is in chocolate – dark chocolate, that is. The exquisite feelings of euphoria we enjoy by eating dark chocolate, are driven by the 'feel-good' neurotransmitters we find in chocolate:

Norepinephrine increases blood levels of adrenalin, making your palms sweat and your mouth go dry with the anticipation of seeing and being with the person of your desire.

Tryptophan, another chemical in chocolate, that causes the release of the neurotransmitter Serotonin which helps to reduce stress and lead to feelings of euphoria. In chocolate, serotonin is actually lowered to levels where focus and concentration on the object of our desire is accentuated. This is why we can't seem to get the other person out of our mind.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) - a neurotransmitter known as 'the love drug', is also contained in Chocolate. Phenylethylamine is also called the "chocolate amphetamine." PEA causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels leading to feelings of excitement and alertness.

Anandamide - known as 'the bliss drug', got its name from the Sanskrit word, ananda, meaning bliss. It was as recently as 1996 that anandamide was discovered in Chocolate. At the same time researches also detected two substances that mimic the effects of anandamide (N-oleoylethanolamine and N-linoleoylethanolamine) and work to slow the breakdown of anandamide, extending the feelings of well-being.

Anandamide is unique due to its resemblance to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical found in marijuana. But, anandamide is not nearly as effective as the THC in marijuana. It would take twenty-five pounds of chocolate to achieve a similar high to that of marijuana.

Anandamide is “endogenous” which means it is produced naturally in the brain. THC, found in cannabis, is not produced naturally in the body but it too causes the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which triggers the intense rush of pleasure you experience when kissing someone you are extremely attracted to.

Theobromine, (the name comes from the Greek word theobroma, meaning “food of the gods”), is another chemical found in chocolate that can affect the nervous system by leading to mental and physical relaxation.

Although theobromine is often thought to be caffeine in chocolate, there is little scientific evidence that chocolate contains caffeine. (If it does, the amount is extremely minute. More on this myth later.) The buzz you might feel from chocolate is much milder than the kind of buzz you would feel from caffeine. Theobroma is a much more gentle stimulant that keeps you aware of the "aphrodisiac" qualities of very fine gourmet chocolate.


Dark, Milk and White Chocolate

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Find Dark, Milk and White Chocolate
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Not just any chocolate will provide these exquisite sensations

It takes fine dark chocolate melting on the tongue to produce out-of-this-world heavenly pleasures. The darker and the higher the quality of the chocolate the more cacao solids of fine quality it will contain.

Superb chocolate will contain (in this order, indicating highest amounts) cacao solids, cacao butter, maybe a very small amount of natural sugar, and maybe a small amount of vanilla. If it has the best balance of cacao butter with the cacao solids it does not need lecithin. And it definitely should not contain vanillin.

Dark Chocolate
The 'aphrodisiac' qualities of chocolate do not come from milk chocolate or white chocolate. The exquisite experience that can be yours from chocolate comes only from good dark chocolate. That is why you want to look for chocolate that is 70% or higher in cacao solids and that comes from a high quality bean or mix of beans.

Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate contains 15% - 30% cacao solids, depending on the manufacturer, and milk completely reduces the effects of the psychological drugs in chocolate. Milk chocolate, like white chocolate, contains sugar and the "buzz" you may experience from milk chocolate may be from the sugar.

White Chocolate
White chocolate contains no cacao solids and, therefore, is not considered chocolate at all! White chocolates are actually confectioneries or candies. They can be good, even delicious, but they are not chocolates.

Raw Chocolate
Perhaps the best, most sensual experience one can have is with raw chocolate in the form of nibs or cocoa powder. Raw chocolate is as natural as possible and has been through as little processing as possible leaving as much of cacao's enormous benefits as possible.

For more information on the health benefits of raw chocolate, check out David Wolfe's new book, "Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future."


Chocolate Nibs

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Zotter Mitzi Blue Jazz + Blues Bar | Source

Raw Chocolate (Cacao Nibs)

Chocolate comes from a mix of Cocoa (and other ingredients) that comes from the Cacao bean from the Theobroma Cacao Tree. The term Cocoais used in reference to chocolates, the drink cocoa, and to the powder. The term Cacao is used to refer to raw cacao, the bean and the tree.

Cacao is pronounced 'Ka-Kow', and rhymes with cow. (The name Cacao was inadvertently changed to Cocoa by a clerk transposing a shipping manifest when Cacao was originally shipped to Europe. - so the story goes)!

David Wolfe and Shazzie (authors of the popular new book, Naked Chocolate:The Astonishing Truth About the World's Greatest Food) cite evidence that raw chocolate (cacao nibs) is one of the earth's greatest nutritional offerings. For more information on the health benefits of raw chocolate, check out David Wolfe's new book.


Important - DO NOT feed chocolate to dogs, cats or horses

A Special Note about Chocolate and our Pets
A Special Note about Chocolate and our Pets | Source

If you like Dark Chocolate, or are willing to try a recipe with good dark chocolate, be sure to check out vespawoolf's hub on Chocolate Almond Bark. It is a sensational treat to make for friends.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is such a delicious hub!!! Love, love, love chocolate..... Call me choco-holic. But I am crazy about Milk Chocolate ONLY! This was a wonderful read, and amazing how our brain response to chocolate vs kiss!!

Voting up and interesting.....


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Useful and interesting hub of decadent chocolate lessons other than tastes! "Fine Dark Chocolate Beats Passionate Kissing"...that's really a TREAT!


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Rob Winters 4 years ago

A very interesting read.Maybe we should be asking - Do you remember your first piece of dark chocolate? Instead of your first kiss.Up & Interesting :-)


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

There is so much delicious milk chocolate out there LaThing, I wouldn't be worried about liking it the best! And if you don't get quite the same "kick" you can get from dark chocolate, just enjoy the sensual aroma of the chocolate and how it ever so smoothly slips across your tongue and down your throat. The taste sensations can be magnificent.

Thanks for reading - happy you found it a wonderful read! Marilyn


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub, but i still rather have a Passionate Kiss !


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

coffeegginmyrice If a person is in a receptive mood, I suspect that both passionate kissing and/or fine dark chocolate can help you to "bliss" out. And, it's great to know that if you have no one to passionately kiss, perhaps a piece of really good dark chocolate will bring some form of satisfaction.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, as always - Maralexa


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

That's funny, Rob. "Am I your first? . . . piece of dark chocolate, that is"? I'm delighted you found it interesting enough to make such a great comment! - Maralexa


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Kashmir56 - Me too! But then, I wrote this hub, or rather I did a great deal of research to write this hub, and found such extraordinary scientific and 'informed' evidence that I had to try a piece of well-made dark chocolate. Try it! Try really good dark chocolate - it might just change your mind.

I do admit that when I tried the dark chocolate I tried it with my Passionate Kissing partner!

Thanks for your enthusiastic comments. I appreciate your feedback! Maralexa


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Chocolate! I am drooling still over the photos posted here. Wow, what a great way to end my day. Enjoyed your post and the yummy message on how it is so good for the body and soul.


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Extraordinary images backing up this hedonistic paean to the mystery of DARK chocolate! Absolutely loved this piece--but I'm not going to give up on deep kisses quite yet!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Love chocolate mostly white but any will do. Thanks for a very interesting and informative hub. Love the pics and now I want CHOCOLATE!!! Passing this on.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Marilyn, nice to learn the science behind the intense pleasure that chocolate gives us. Also the info on various varieties of chocolates is interesting.

Voted up.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Marilyn,

A delicious and very informative hub on one of my favourite foods.

I love dark chocolate.

Voted up and away

Happy Thanksgiving!


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mpropp 4 years ago from Minnesota

I love dark chocolate and its good to know there is some science behind why it is so addictive! I'm also glad to know that it is actually pretty healthy for me (everything in moderation of course). Thank you for this well-written and informative hub on my favorite food. I really enjoyed it!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi teaches! Isn't it fantastic that we have such a 'droolable' substance as dark chocolate available to us! Thanks for your yummy comments. Enjoy a piece today! Maralexa


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Moonfroth, I agree! No giving up on deep passionate kissing. How could we? But the two of you might enjoy the hedonistic experience of dark chocolate, together!

If you are a first-timer with fine dark chocolate I would suggest you try one concocted by an excellent chocolatier, such as zChocolates, rather than raw vegan cacao nibs. Raw cacao is quite bitter. I would hate to have a less than stellar experience when trying "the food of the gods."

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Maralexa.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee! Thanks for your wonderful comments. I like white chocolate too. But after researching for this hub, I decided to buy really good chocolate. White, Milk, and Dark! It costs more but I consume less because it is soooooo good! I also now buy raw, organic chocolate for the health benefits. Oh, life is just grand with chocolate.

PS: thanks for passing this on.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Rajan Jolly. Isn’t it great to know that something that taste’s so good is good for us too? This hub was great to research and fun writing. Thanks for your comments – they make the writing worthwhile. Cheers, Marilyn


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Wonderful, sweet hub! Who doesn't like kisses and chocolates? And dark chocolates? Hmm....love it! Great, informative hub! Indeed, a delightful read! Love the lay-out and all the photos.

Up, beautiful and sharing!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi SueSwan – good of you to read and comment! I love dark chocolate as well. I am trying the organic dark chocolate. Have you tried it? I would really like to know what people think. Thanks so much for your ‘delicious’ remarks and Thanksgiving greetings. All my best for your weekend too. Marilyn


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Greetings Mpropp, good to meet you! Chocolate – especially good dark chocolate is my favorite food too. And to think it is better for me (in moderation, as you say) than Brussels sprouts! I am heading over to read your hubs. I like the one on spices we might like to have available. I’m thinking I should have a few different kinds of good chocolate around too. Thanks for your comments. Marilyn (Maralexa)


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

CrisSp - Hi to you, and thanks for your comments about the layout and images. It took a bit of time to find the photos I wanted. Chocolate is such a sensuous food I wanted images that looked good enough to eat. So thanks for mentioning that you noticed, and thanks so much for sharing. Sincerely, Marilyn (Maralexa)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

You have me totally convinced! Who could argue with this scientific evidence?? Dark chocolate is even better than passionate kisses, although my hubby disagrees. : ) I'm going to link to this hub, as well. You should sell chocolate for a living. Great hub!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi vespawoolf! Can you imagine actually selling chocolate for a living! Wow - thanks for such a great compliment. I'm not sorry your hubby disagrees with my saying, dark chocolate is better than passionate kissing. I'm quite happy for you - nice going.

Thanks for all your sharing - l hope linking proves as valuable to you as I feel it will for me. Love these hubs!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I've linked to this hub. Thanks so much and I'm happy to meet you on HugPages!


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Maralexa -- it's all your fault--and pay NO attention to Vespawoolf suggesting you should sell chocolate for a living. Would you take advice from a wolf on a scooter? Because of your article I sat down with a fine Malbec and in addition to drinking it all, I ate an entire bag of my wife's baking Chiplets (only chocolate in the house). If you didn't write so damn well, this wouldn't have happened!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Oh, moonfroth, moonfroth - your end is near. I’m certainly not sorry for subliminally suggesting such an activity. I just hope it was a ripe, lush, “heavyweight” Malbec, which is tantalizing when pairing with steak, lamb, farmhouse cheddar, aubergine bakes, and (of course) Dark Chocolate!

But to use baking Chiplets (with or without your wife's approval) is just blasphemous! A good Malbec deserves a fine dark chocolate not Chiplets! Ugh ;)


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Marilyn,

Organic dark chocolate is delicious. I usually buy 70% dark.


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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Maralexa,

I am greatly impressed by your romantic and chocolaty hub. It created a great inspiration to me with chocolate. Thanks for sharing this experience. I am delighted and sharing with it to my all friends


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kat_thurston 4 years ago

This puts me in the mood for wanting chocolate now. LOL. Dark chocolate is my absoulte favorite.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Sueswan, thanks for your return. 70% dark chocolate seems to be the type of chocolate many people buy now. And I agree, organic chocolate is sooo good. It is more readily available too, thank goodness.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Nice to meet you Khmohsin. And thanks for reading and commenting on my Chocolate hub. I hope you and your friends have fun trying the great organic dark chocolate that's out there. It really is a special treat. I'll be over to see your hubs too!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Good to meet you kat! I'm so happy that my dark chocolate hub made you want to have some now. It was so much fun writing this hub and researching for it that I have had to use strong "won't power" (that's the opposite of will power) to avoid trying all the different and fabulous chocolate out there! Thanks for reading and commenting. It is greatly appreciated. sincerely, Marilyn


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anupma 4 years ago from India

I love dark chocolates. Great hub on my favorite topic. Thanks for sharing.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi anupma - good to see you. There are so many of us who love dark chocolate. This hub was fun to write. Thanks for your comments.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Not only is this one of the best hubs I've ever read about chocolate, thank you so much, but this is such a high quality well laid out and well written hub...I love all the little extras you've taken the time to include...and so great to add the vital info about animals & chocolate... I'm impressed...

VUABI shared & tweeted...cheers


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Carter06, thank you for your fabulous comments. Your comments are really appreciated - I took a longer time than usual to write this hub - thanks for noticing. One of the things of interest to me is the health value of raw chocolate. This is something I am going to pursue.

Once again, sincere thanks.


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Carmen H 4 years ago

A very awesome and well-rounded hub about chocolate! Thumbs up for you, Marilyn, along with useful, awesome and interesting. Having the feeling of just sitted through a highly engaging and knowledgeable 'class'. Plus, the case study was an interesting take - thanks for sharing that.

I only just became aware that you are linking to one of my hub and I want to say that I am grateful for that. Thanks. I'll try to back link this hub to mine later when I am free. No harm leading others to a great piece;-)


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Carmen! Thanks for your terrific comments. I too like sharing links to good hubs - I look forward to reading more of yours. Thanks so much.


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Okay now Maralexa , I have to disagree ! A kiss is a kiss ! Chocolate is chocolate ! AND I'm a chocoholic ! But the taste of a woman ...........ohhhhhhhhhhhh no ! No comparrison!....lol.......awesome hub !


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

ahorseback.........A kiss is a kiss ! Chocolate is chocolate ! How about combining the two !! Thanks, my friend!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Okay !


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christin53 3 years ago from UK

I really enjoyed reading all about chocolate.Like most people I love chocolate and dark chocolate is my favourite.


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Christin53 - thanks for reading and commenting! Isn't it amazing that something that tastes so good is also good for you!


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

Some might opine that if you like chocolate better than intimacy you're doing it wrong.


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Maralexa 10 months ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Dark Chocolate better than Kissing? I don't think so. Kiss romantically then add a little chocolate bliss to finish the moment. Love the one you're with. Choose your chocolate passionately.

Love from Maralexa

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