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Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Chocolate

Updated on April 12, 2011
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Keith Schroeder writes The Wealthy Accountant blog with 30 years experience in the tax field. He is the tax adviser of Mr. Money Mustache.

Chocolate is good any time of the year and rises to its greatest importance during special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays like Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the perfect gift for that special moment. Let me share why I think chocolate hearts make the best gift.

There is a common misconception that women enjoy chocolate more than men. This is not true. Men, always concerned with their strong image, prefer to act casual about the effects of chocolate, whereas women do not waste their time on such trivialities and simply enjoy the ecstasy of each morsel of thick, rich, sweet chocolate. Chocolate is just as perfect a gift for men as for women, even if we guys act like we just want a sweet snack and nothing more.

A Short History of Chocolate

It is believed that chocolate came into use in the Amazon around 4000 years ago. Until the 16th Century cocoa was added to water and served as a bitter drink.

Hernando Cortez added sugar to cocoa in the 16th Century for the first time and created the first chocolate flavored beverage we know today. In 1828 the cocoa press is invented, producing a smoother flavored drink. In 1879 Rodolphe Lindt discovered a method of heating and rolling chocolate so that it melts in your mouth; perhaps the greatest invention of the 19th Century. But enough about history. The real question is: Is chocolate good for me?

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Recent research indicates that chocolate has properties that help the heart. Chocolate contain flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that helps the body’s cells resist damage caused by free radicals. In moderation, research indicates that chocolate is good for us. You can read a short article from the Cleveland Clinic on the benefits chocolate provides the heart here.

Share a special treat with a special someone today. Amazon has a variety of chocolate hearts and they ship right to your door. No running to the mall and fighting crowds. Then sit back and enjoy a pleasant moment with your special someone and a bite of chocolate heart.

Chocolate Hearts of Love


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