With Valentine’s day fast approaching, our hearts and minds turn to one thing: chocolate.
Thought I’d say LOVE, didn’t you? Well, that too, but what is love without chocolate? (Don’t answer that, this post is about chocolate, work with me here).
‘Chocolate is like sex, even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good’. ~ Quoted from my fabulous husband who heard it from somewhere else.
It’s true chocolate is darn sexy, but did you know dark chocolate is good for you?** Not if you eat a pound of it a day, but a 1 ounce piece of dark chocolate provides your body with vitamins A, D, & K. Not only that, but it is loaded with good minerals like magnesium, potassium, and iron. Ha! Popeye should’ve been eating dark chocolate instead of all that spinach. It would’ve saved valuable time not having to open all those cans.
Know what else dark chocolate would’ve done for him? Made his heart healthy. The flavanols in dark chocolate keeps our blood flowing to the heart, which prevents blood clots and strengthens blood vessels. AND dark chocolate has antioxidants, you know, those awesome little buggers that eat up cancer causing cells.
Know what else? Chocolate makes an amazing skin treatment. Our skin is very porous, so facial creams, moisturizers, and lotions made with natural cocoa butter melts easily on our skin. Not only that, but it holds in moisture and protects our skin from harsh elements. Going skiing this weekend? Slather on some cocoa butter, your skin will thank you for it!
To get you and your loved one in the mood for some chocolate love, try an at home spa. Start off by lighting some chocolate candles, then apply a chocolate mousse mask. Next, give each other a foot scrub with some chocolate sugar scrub. Follow this with a chocolate massage with either melted chocolate (allowed to cool down so it doesn’t burn your skin. Safety first!) or with chocolate massage oil.
I don’t know about you, but that picture makes me say, ‘ooooh, yeah’.
Done with the massage? You need to clean up a bit, why not use chocolate soap to give a good scrub down.
Finish off by applying cocoa butter all over your body. You’ll look and smell divine.
Once you’re relaxed from your chocolate spa, you and your special Valentine can have a chocolate tasting for two.
Not to worry! Tastings are easy and best when artisan chocolates are used. Some good brands are Scharffen Berger, Valrhona, Green & Black’s, Lindt, and even Hershey’s. Try to stay away from nuts and fillings since these can throw off the taste. My local grocers has most of these brands and Sur le Table has other upscale chocolates. Depending on your tastes and your budget, get as wild as you want. Remember, the day is about the two of you and celebrating your love. Of chocolate. (Okay, of each other, but this post is about chocolate, so I had to say that.)
Back to the tasting… we’re going to assume you choose a nice selection of chocolates from the three main categories: dark chocolate, white chocolate, and milk chocolate. Arrange them by categories (dark with dark, white with white, etc). Try to have at least two different kinds of each chocolate for comparisons.
Like wine, chocolate uses flavor descriptors such as, ‘bouquet’, ‘notes’, ‘undertones’, and ‘finish’ to describe the taste. If you don’t know what that means, I can’t help you. I don’t drink much wine and I’m horrible at tasting the subtle nuances like fruity or nutty, so if you’re like me, just enjoy the chocolate and don’t worry about the fussy flavor descriptor!
Speaking of wine, red wine is suggest for dark chocolate and champagne or dry white wines for milk chocolate. I guess white chocolate (which technically is not a chocolate, go figure) gets water.
To finish off your night of chocolate love, how about a decadent chocolate cake or some bon bons? A wonderful mug of hot chocolate on a chilly night sipped beside a fire might get you thinking about the chocolate massage oil again. That’s okay, go ahead and indulge. It’s Valentine’s Day after all!
Like a little mint with your chocolate? Jillian Dodd has the perfect thin mint martini and thin mint brownies!
Want some more great ideas for spicing up your Valentine’s Day? Check out Marcia Richard’s 14 Sexy Ways to Say I Love You.
Whatever you do, have a fabulous, love-filled Valentine’s Day. And not just February 14th, but every single day of your life!
What’s your favorite way to say, ‘I love you’? Do you think you’ll try any of these spa treatments? Come on, you can tell us! We love to know what’s going on in your lives, so please share with us your great tips for staying sexy and in love.
**Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, so please understand that everything in this blog is meant for entertainment purposes. While it is true that dark chocolate is good for you, if you eat too much it can cause damage. Consult your doctor if you have any questions. Thanks!