On our Twitter feed, we've been asking our followers to tweet us a question about chocolate and we've promised to answer as many as possible. Today's "Ask chocri" question comes to us via our Twitter friend, the appropriately named @yourdevioushalf. The question asked is a perennial one, and we thought we'd tackle it on our blog: is chocolate really an aphrodisiac?
This particular chocolate side effect has been kicking around for a loooong time. No, really. The first recorded instance of the "chocolate puts you in the mood" theory comes from the Aztecs, who we all know loved them some chocolate. In the 20th century, the rumor became closely associated with a particular green candy-shelled chocolate, one with a rather sexy anthropomorphic cartoon counterpart. (One version of the rumor says US troops saved "the green ones" to throw in the grass and occupy the kids in a candy search so they could have "alone time" with their wives!)
We tracked down a New York Times article that explains the chemical reasons chocolate can lead to sexy-time:
"Nowadays, scientists ascribe the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate, if any, to two chemicals it contains. One, tryptophan, is a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. The other, phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, is released in the brain when people fall in love."
We can relate- we kind of feel that feeling all over every time we bite into a chocri bar. Of course, not too long ago we created a chocri bar dedicated to seduction. It's called "Pure Sex," and you can find it here!