Everything chocolate for Valentine

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
Celebrate Valentine's Day with love
Celebrate Valentine's Day with love

If you have a sweet tooth, then one thing you cannot resist is chocolate.

Chocolates are simply attractive and delicious.

Chocolate is the only item on the international calendar which is celebrated on various occasions.

In Ghana, for instance, February 14, which is Valentine’s Day, is known as National Chocolate Day.

The day is designated for the eating of chocolate made in Ghana and also as part of efforts to promote made-in-Ghana goods.

It is, therefore, no wonder people form long queues just to buy the Kingsbite Chocolate made by the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) in Ghana.

Currently, there are other private companies that have learnt how to do handmade chocolates from the CPC and are adding value to our cocoa product.

History of chocolate
History has it that, chocolate dates back 4,000 years ago and the etymologists trace the origin of the word "chocolate" to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans.

The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods".

In Ghana, the man credited for bringing cocoa to Ghana is Ghanaian agriculturalist, Tetteh Quarshie.

Chocolates are used for various pastries

He is said to have brought the cocoa bean to Ghana (then Gold Coast), planted and cultivated it.

He probably did not know that the crop will eventually become an important part of the country’s export today.

Have you ever wondered why chocolate is the favourite way to express love on Valentine’s Day?

There is an attraction to chocolate that in essence is exotically romantic.

It’s simply an edible declaration of love that makes the recipients of chocolate feel special and undeniably gratified.
Chocolate feels and tastes heavenly.

This sweet substance not only melts in our mouth in a burst of flavours but also melts our hearts in bliss.

This is probably the biggest reason why chocolate and red roses are the second most preferred gifts to give on Valentine’s Day.

Chocolates are used for various pastries

Besides, giving chocolate is not just a sign of love but it is also given as a way to express delight, initiate desire, express an apology and rekindle friendship, or simply uplift a mood as it’s a powerful mood enhancer.

Benefits of chocolate
Chocolate comes in three types; White, milk and dark chocolate.

Its health benefits are enormous.

Did you know that cocoa and chocolate were first consumed for medicinal purposes?

Yes, it was only later that they became as popular such as foodstuff due to their seductive taste.

As per the recent studies, women who eat chocolate are said to show more desire for romance as compared to women who don’t eat chocolates.

This might be because chocolates release brain soothing chemicals which increase energy and desire levels.

Chocolate is proven to produce natural high chemicals which elevates mood and often equated to feeling in love.

According to Medical News Today, eating dark chocolate, which is higher in antioxidants, could benefit the heart.

For instance, it can cut the risk of irregular heartbeats by a fifth.

Chocolate makes you more awake and alert, which indirectly also aids in increasing intelligence.

Furthermore, a study says, feeding chocolate to your child during examination would increase your child’s math solving abilities.

I know this will sound good for many parents.

It is also good to know that cocoa contains tryptophan, an amino acid which has relaxing effects.

This has soothing and refreshing effects in cases of tension and stress.

Medical research indicates that men who suffer from erectile dysfunction can cultivate the habit of eating dark chocolates to improve their condition.

The good thing about chocolate is that, you can have them incorporated in your meals, fruits, liquor, cakes pastries, ice creams, body lotions soaps, candies and many more.

As the adage goes, as long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.