From Catnip to Cacao: A Brief History of Chocolate and How It Makes Us Feel

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CADBURY LEGACY + VALENTINE’S = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

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CHOCOLATE IS MONEY

Aztec/Mixtec, 15th-16th century AD. From Mexico, The Feathered Serpent. This mask is believed to represent Quetzalcoatl or the Rain God Tlaloc, both associated with serpents. It is made of cedar wood and covered with turquoise mosaic work. The teeth are made of shell. Two serpents, one in green turquoise and one in blue, twist across the face and around the eyes, blending over the nose. Turquoise mosaic feathers hang on both sides of the eye sockets. Photo by Max Letek on Unsplash

KISSES FOR YOU AND ME

Aerial view of the Milton Hershey School founded in 1909. Photo taken from mhskids.org

CHOCOLATES IN BOOKS AND MOVIES

Monument Valley, UT, USA. This was where Forrest Gump decided to stop running from the film Forrest Gump. Photo by Wolfgang Frick on Unsplash

“Life is a box of chocolates; you’ll never know what you’re gonna get.” — Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

“Call it a split ’cause you know that you will bite your friends like chocolate.” — The 1975’s Chocolate

“Did you guys know that chocolate contains a property that triggers the release of endorphins? Gives one the feeling of being in love.” — Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Nice memories are like chocolate: you can’t survive on them alone, as they aren’t very filling, but they make life sweeter.” — Janine Weger

WHAT’S THE TAKEAWAY

A study back in 1996 showed that chocolates help release endorphins in the brains of American women.

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