ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Truth About Valentine's Day Chocolates

Updated on November 23, 2016

'Tis the Season of Chocolates

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, how are you planning to show your sweetheart just how much they mean to you? What about getting them a lovely box of chocolates? It’s one of the most well-received Valentine day gifts. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate?! But did you know that not all Valentines day chocolates are created equal? Read ahead to find out why.

Harmful Ingredients Lurking in Your Chocolate

Mmmm, chocolate - the perfect Valentines gift for him and for her. Did you know that when eaten in moderation, chocolate is actually good for you? Studies have shown that the antioxidants in chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease, decrease depression and anxiety, and even increase libido (how fitting for V-Day!)

But the problem is that most conventional chocolate companies throw in a bunch of preservatives and artificial colors and flavors into their chocolate to trick your taste buds into believing that what you’re eating is good for you. And those very same companies take advantage of V-Day by charging a premium for their chocolate boxes. But simply because it costs more doesn't mean it's of higher quality...

Fortunately, we’ve entered the era of the health-conscious consumer. Fewer and fewer people are falling victims to marketing trickery. Before we buy a product, many of us now flip over to the ingredients list to see if all is in order. So before you grab that box of Dove or Lindt valentines chocolates, make sure to educate yourself about the hidden harmful ingredients lurking beneath the façade of chocolate-y goodness:

Ingredient
Why it's bad
Partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat)
Hydrogenated oils are full of trans fat which pose numerous health risks, the primary being heart disease. While trans fats can be found in nature, most of the trans fats found in processed foods are artificial and are intended to extend the shelf life of products.
Artifical colors and flavors
Cocoa is brown, right? You’d be surprised by how many chocolate manufacturers include artificial colors (e.g. caramel color) and flavors (e.g. vanillin) in their chocolates. These harmful ingredients are designed to mask the low quality of the chocolates and trick our senses.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Derived from corn, but far from natural, HFCS is used in place of sugar in many food products - including chocolate. It is sweeter, easier, and cheaper to manufacture than sugar. It is not natural, and it is not absorbed in the same way as sugar. Many scientists and experts do not support the use of HFCS, as it has been shown to contribute to a plethora of ailments, including obesity, metabolic disturbances, diabetes, and even cancer.

Pure, Honest, Guilt-free Chocolate

I’m a big chocoholic, and I can’t wait for my hubby to ‘surprise me’ with a box of chocolates this Valentine’s day (which also happens to be our 6 year anniversary!). He knows I’m pretty health conscious and won’t go near anything that contains an ingredient I can’t pronounce. And he knows that if he buys me a box of Godiva or Ghirardelli chocolates, I’ll likely throw it away (after I go, “Aww”, and give him a quick kiss on the cheek, of course).

So if you’re like me and love chocolate, don’t despair – there is hope! Hundreds of companies are springing up all over the country that make pure and honest chocolate, using only high quality, natural and organic ingredients. Here are some tips to help you choose the best quality chocolates for your sweetie this Valentine’s day:

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Throw a few of these in your chocolate gift basket for decoration - they're organic!These work too! My favorite!Pure ingredients that I can actually pronounce!
Throw a few of these in your chocolate gift basket for decoration - they're organic!
Throw a few of these in your chocolate gift basket for decoration - they're organic! | Source
Source
These work too!
These work too! | Source
My favorite!
My favorite!
Pure ingredients that I can actually pronounce!
Pure ingredients that I can actually pronounce!

Are you aware of the harmful ingredients in many Valentine's Day chocolates?

See results
  • Choose organic. Organic chocolate is minimally processed and the cocoa beans from which it is derived have not been sprayed with harmful pesticides. Many companies that manufacture organic chocolate are also sustainable, so you’re not only buying chocolate that tastes better and is better for your health but you’re also supporting local farmers and decreasing humanity’s carbon footprint. I personally LOVE Green & Black’s 85% Cocoa Organic chocolate. Why? Because it’s delicious, and the ingredients are pure and honest. Find it at most natural food stores, as well as Wal Mart (I was shocked too! At a little more than $2 bucks a piece, it’s a pretty good bargain)

  • Design your own chocolate gift basket. Can’t find the perfect box of Valentine’s Day chocolates? Make your own gift basket! Stack a handful of mini organic chocolates into a basket, add a couple of fruits for decoration, tie it with a bow and voila – you’ve got yourself the perfect valentines chocolate gift basket. Get creative by adding a photo of you and your sweetie to the basket - she’ll appreciate the personal touch.

  • Skip the chocolate box altogether. This one’s not going to be easy, but if you’re absolutely stuck on finding a healthy box of chocolates for your sweetie, skip it altogether. There are a ton of other valentine day gifts you can give them instead. Consider making your own homemade chocolate!

So this Valentines Day, don’t poison your valentine - get her a box of chocolates that’s good for her mind, body, and soul. She'll thank you for that!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Novembersky95 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ella Moore 

      4 years ago from Sunny California!

      Poetryman, wise words!

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      4 years ago

      Good health never tasted so good.

    • Novembersky95 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ella Moore 

      4 years ago from Sunny California!

      You're totally right! I absolutely love anything homemade. It's so much healthier since you control what ingredients you put in.

    • beckisgiftguides profile image

      Becki Rizzuti 

      4 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Homemade chocolate sounds about perfect. Anything you make at home is so much "cleaner" than what you get at the store!

    • dirknicolas profile image

      Dirk Nicolas 

      4 years ago from California, United States

      Very informative article! Had no clue about the ingredients. Definitely time to become more wary about what we're putting into our bodies.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)