Valentine’s Day Tidbits

Did you ever wonder what Valentine’s Day is all about? It’s about love and giving flowers with gifts.

“Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. According the Smithsonian Museum, they would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

Roses are the flowers of love. Speaking of cupid and his roses, can you guess the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

Men and women prefer the same of candy. Both men and women prefer to receive chocolate with flowers, according to the National Confectioners Association. The survey also found that chocolate sales represent 75% or more of Valentine’s Day candy purchases. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.

In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868. In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

As an elixir for love, chocolate has been believed throughout history to bring smiles to the broken-hearted and to prompt amorous feelings in both men and women. It is believed that Madame Du Barry served it to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

Teddy Bears are so soft and cuddly and cute to give for Valentine’s!

In addition to buying flowers add a nice box of chocolates and a teddy bear!