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A Brief History of Sex and Chocolate

By Cocoa Runners  ·  24th August 2021  ·  Sex

Since chocolate has been consumed, it has been (optimistically) endowed with sexual and romantic properties. Aztec emperor, Montezuma, allegedly consumed “50 great jars of prepared cacao and foam […] which they said was for success with women.” As testimonials go, this is an impressive one.

And Montezuma wasn’t the only powerful leader to be convinced of chocolate’s virile properties; in Europe, Casanova and Marquis de Sade were similarly enamoured with the confectionery’s aphrodisiacal quality. The French court

Over in Britain, Henry Stubbe, a qualified 17th century physician, wrote in The Natural History of Chocolate (1662) of the “great use of chocolate in Venery [sexual indulgence], and for supplying the Testicles with a Balsam, or a Sap.” 

Stubbe even prepared drinking chocolate for Charles II – England’s first chocoholic – who spent a staggering £229 10s 8d on the stuff in 1669 alone – that’s even more than the £220 stipend he granted his mistresses! From this we can see that Charles II was a believer in chocolate’s potent properties.

But just because some guy – however powerful or scientifically qualified they may be – claimed chocolate to be an aphrodisiac does not make it true. Although the jury does still appear to be out, with articles still placing chocolate in the ‘top ten sex boosting foods’, science suggests that aphrodisiacs themselves may not exist.

Whilst it would make it even easier to sell our craft chocolate if we sold you the dream of cocoa-induced sexual prowess, it wouldn’t be honest – and we’d rather you know the truth than face… disappointment. But if you’re keen to come to your own conclusions, feel free to investigate using some of our highest rated bars!

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