Valentine Chocolates

Written by Robert Mac
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Valentine chocolates are almost a no-brainer for the holiday for lovers; outside of jewelry and flowers, nothing says I Love You like quality chocolates and candies. Why, though, is chocolate the traditional favorite? Why not cakes or cookies? Because of the complex process of making chocolate, it has come to represent the ultimate, most refined present for a loved one--and Valentine chocolates are no exception.

Even with today's technological advancements, some things cannot be rushed; one of these is chocolate making. This multi-step process has changed little since the Aztecs uncovered the secrets of the cacao bean two thousand years ago. This is a brief summary of how the Aztecs turned a pod of beans into chocolate: cacao beans were harvested, fermented, dried, separated, ground, and, finally, mixed with water, cornmeal, chilies, and other spices to make a chocolate beverage.

Today, the process has a few different steps, and, of course, ends with a solid chocolate rather than a drink. But there is still a complicated process in producing Valentine chocolates, and we recognize the importance of it. Chocolate was a revered luxury for the Aztecs and is still highly valued by people today.

What to Look for in Valentine Chocolates

Some chocolate makers cut corners when making chocolate, using vegetable oils, for instance, instead of cocoa butter. Check the list of ingredients: if there is only 10% cocoa by weight, rather than 30-55%, they have skimped on the cocoa butter. Also check that there are no additives, fillers, or artificial flavors or colorings in your chocolate. Your Valentine deserves the best, don't they?

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