Valentine’s Day is approaching and you know what that means: chocolate! I wondered how chocolate became a part of this holiday tradition so I did a little research. Turns out Casanova ate chocolate to make him virile. Physicians in the 1800’s recommended chocolate for patients “pining for lost love.” And the first box of chocolates produced for Valentine’s Day was made by Richard Cadbury in the late 1800’s.
Bill and I don’t use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat chocolate since we enjoy a couple squares of Green & Black’s organic dark chocolate after dinner almost every night. We think it’s pretty healthy, and so does the Cleveland Clinic.
But if you’re looking for a chocolate recipe to make this year on February 14, try Ethel Hoadley’s Never Fail Chocolate Cake from My Mother’s Recipe Box. It looks pretty easy….just like recipes used to be!