The Taste of Love -- Chocolate

The Taste of Love -- Chocolate

The Taste of Love -- Chocolate

By Zoensangi Ralte

Chocolate is often associated with happiness, celebration and often times the idea of love. What is it about chocolates that just touch our senses? Is it the rich taste of cocoa or the creamy delight of a milky one? Many people also associate chocolate as either guilty pleasure or as comfort food. Some even claim that chocolates have the ability to elevate their mood and inspire a positive response when they consume this delicacy.

The History of chocolates can be traced back to the Mayan age, it gained status as an upper class extravagant with the Aztecs, popularized by the Spanish conquistadors and continues on to modern age where different variations of chocolates were introduced. Chocolate stands as one of the most well-known deserts even in contemporary times, which means it walk in from these prementioned ages; holding its status and history with it.

Though chocolate is associated with sweetness and romance in modern age, it was once just the opposite as people use to associated it with the taste of bitterness. Chocolate becomes an expensive food that is often associated with luxury. Hence, it was often use as a gift connotating love or deep care for another. It is also a food associated with different form of festivity as it is a delicacy often brought up in functions of celebrations. These connections prevail even to this date.

Studies have also shown that dark chocolate – the most bitter kind – contains nutrients that can benefit your health and lower the risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate also stimulates the production of endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that creates the feeling of pleasure. Endorphins are also chemicals that are associated with the feeling of being in love. Dark chocolate is also said to contain serotonin which is an antidepressant that can elevate the mood.

Hence, chocolates got their association with the idea of love because the consumption of this product can be connected with the feeling of being in love or simply, the feeling of pleasure one feels in the presence of the person they love. Doesn’t that make the chocolate a consumable form of love that can denote the taste of this feeling?