{article} Food for Thought: Strawberries & Chocolate

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by Nudie Foodie
See accompanying recipe: “Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries”

ValentinesPhotography by Nudie Foodie

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries are already a pairing of light and simple Strawberries meet decadent and complex Chocolate, but add Valentine’s Day (a celebration of the fluttering of two Hearts) to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for one Steamy Night!

Chocolate ~ A long-time symbol of Love and Desire, throughout the ages, chocolate has confidently established itself as an aphrodisiac.

The Aztecs may have been the first on record to draw a link between the cocoa bean and sexual desire: the emperor Montezuma was said to consume the bean in copious amounts to fuel his romantic trysts.
The New York Times

Chocolate also contains two chemicals (Love Potions if you will), tryptophan and phenylethylamine. One is a mistress to serotonin, involved in sexual arousal; the other is released in the brain when people fall in love.

Again, Lust meets Love, Infatuation meets Romance.

Strawberries ~ The perfect little Heart, an edible Valentine.

Strawberries are also touted to be an aphrodisiac. The fruit is associated with the Goddess Venus. As legend has it, when Adonis died, Venus wept tears of Strawberries, as they dropped to the earth.

The plentiful tiny seeds have since been thought to be a symbol of fertility. The French held the tradition of serving Strawberries to newlyweds to stimulate their sexual appetites before their wedding night.

It is said that if the unique “double Strawberry” is shared between two, they will fall in Love. One might consider Strawberries to be the mistletoe of Valentine’s Day.

The Recipe:

Easy ~ not you, the recipe!

If there is one night you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the bedroom, it’s Valentine’s Day. This recipe will have you do just that!

Savor these with your Love and a glass of red or a flute of bubbly. Think of them as your “sexual power bar”.

If you’re planning to serve this delectable Dessert at a party or give it as a gift, I would suggest making them the day of, a few to several hours prior. They hold their shape better fresh, and they stay dry.

As for me, I like to make this Dessert in advance and allow it to sit lightly covered, or refrigerate it overnight. The Strawberries will break down under the romantic influence of the Chocolate, as little beads of sugary precipitation form, making for Strawberries that taste even sweeter. The Chocolate and Strawberry flavors then meld and become more like Strawberries in syrup enveloped in Chocolate. Ahhhh… makes my mouth water.

If you’re smart, and it’s as cold there as it is here, you would find your lover and take a dish of these confections straight to bed with you, eating them under that cloud of a comforter.

(Please note: Cold weather is not a prerequisite for enjoying strawberries in bed, neither is a lover).

Go on over to the recipe: “Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries”

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