Chocolate: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

science behind falling in love

Love – It’s more than a Hashtag

There is no force more inspiring than love. It is the backbone of war, peace, and everything in between. This month, chances are your focus is on a very specific type of love. This month is for Eros – romance.

February is when jilted lovers remind themselves of pleasures shared with someone once dear; nervous suitors draw the courage to request another’s hand; and long committed companions step back to reflect on years past. This short month holds a large garden of love stories and it fertilizes each bloom the same – with chocolate.

The Science behind Falling in Love

Why are chocolate and love so inseparable? The secret is not in our heart but in our head. When we enjoy chocolate, especially dark chocolate, our brain releases chemicals similar to those released when falling in love. The rush of blood, the sense of security, and renewed motivation can all be attributed to these helpful little feel-good signals our brain is sending. Here are three major stimulators found in or increased by chocolate and the phase of love to which each can be related.

Serotonin, the secure embrace after a long absence: A natural chemical found to improve the mood, ease depression, and increase feelings of relaxation.

Flavonols, the first kiss: By increasing blood flow, this compound acts as a mild painkiller similar to aspirin.

Phenylethylamine, the state of being in love: A natural anti-depressant, this compound fills us with happiness thanks to its dopamine inducing effect.

Your sweetie will love our Valentine's Day Truffle Collection.
Our Valentine’s Day Truffle collection will make the perfect gift this Feb. 14th!

Share the Love

Arouse love in the one you long for by gifting them with pure chocolate from Delysia Chocolatier. The following treats perfect for Valentine’s Day are sure to capture your lover’s heart (and mind).

Our popular Valentine’s Day Truffle Collection includes smooth dark chocolate, sweet raspberry-filled, and spirited champagne-infused chocolate truffles. Singularly the perfect gift, this collection also makes a wonderfully thoughtful addition to any gift basket.

Spice up your love affair with our Cayenne Hot Chocolate. Made with just a hint of cayenne pepper, this is a deeply satisfying mix of rich chocolate and fresh spice. Fill two mugs and warm up from the inside out next to a warm fire or under a cozy blanket.

The caffeine found in coffee and dark chocolate recreates the alertness that comes from being close to our sweetheart. Inspire your partner’s attentive side with our Dark Chocolate Coffee Bark. Each bite provides an exciting boost with a sweet finish.

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out our curated collection of holiday chocolates.

Scientific Research Source: Science Daily, LiveStrong, CNN

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.