From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Monday, January 30, 2017 | 5:30 PM
We’re busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day! We’re swimming in red hearts, cupids and roses. Here is a breakdown of why we give chocolates and sweets as a sign of affection and why cake is always the best option!
In the third century, St. Valentine was a Roman bishop who secretly granted marriages to soldiers and their sweethearts when it was banned. He was imprisoned for the crime and in his cell is where the Valentine as we know it was born. As the legend goes, St. Valentine sent a letter to the daughter of his jailer and signed it “Your Valentine.” There was no candy included, but this where the valentine tradition started.
The connection between chocolate and love can be boiled down to science. There’s a chemical released in our brains when we fall in love called phenylethylamine. Coincidentally, chocolate contains this chemical. The amount found in chocolate made today is too scant to be considered an aphrodisiac, but it was one of the early uses of the cocoa bean by the Aztecs. In addition to using chocolate as wedding gifts, Aztec leader Montezuma was known for consuming it before romantic engagements.
Chocolate was originally a drink. It wasn’t until the 1840s that candy makers turned it into solid morsels of food. One of the early chocolate producers — Richard Cadbury — is widely considered the person responsible for making these solid chocolates treats a Valentine’s Day tradition. He designed elaborately decorated boxes to package his candies, but the company that still carries his name does not claim he was behind those heart-shaped boxes we send our sweethearts today.
Today there is nothing better for Valentines than a piece of delicious cake – might be even chocolate. Nothing Bundt Cakes has something special for this occasion delicious Love you to Pieces – a cake ring around the rosy. In this case, it’s a red bow, the color of love, nestled in the center with our puzzle heart. Ideal for Valentine’s Day or any day you’d like to show your love!
Visit Nothing Bundt Cakes for delicious Valentines options. They are located at 548 S. Lake Ave, Pasadena. Call them at (626) 792-8200 or visit for more information www.nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/ca/pasadena.