Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011
Valentine’s Day is the annual celebration of love and affection. The day is named after Saint Valentine and was established in 500 A.D. by Pope Gelasius. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their desire for each other by presenting flowers, offering candy and sending cards. The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
In the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards of verse was extended to all manner of gifts such as chocolates, long-stemmed roses and jewelry—all great complements to one another.
This year nearly 190 million Valentine’s cards will be sent with half given to family members other than husbands or wives—usually to children. When you include the Valentine’s card exchange in schools the figure goes up to just over 1 billion—teachers receiving the most Valentine’s remembrances.
Valentine’s Day has undergone a transformation from a quiet, unassuming observance to a more commercialized affair. The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of this millennium has created new traditions. Millions of people now use digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greetings such as e-cards and love coupons. Last year over 15 million e-Valentines were sent.
As with everything else in this world today, there are different takes on the way people celebrate this day—some with pomp and gaiety whereas others keep it a private affair. There is an age and stage for these celebrations, but true lovers never lose their passionate, yet innocent, approach to love and life.
While many others have waxed poetic on Valentine’s Day and love from William Shakespere to Tom Clancey, Choclatique wrote the Book of Love.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Choclatique’s Book of Love is a beautiful, creative and delectable expression of chocolaty love for your Valentine. There are nine wonderfully hand-decorated, heart-shaped chocolate selections in this assortment including Black Cherry Caramel; Hot, Hot Cocoa; Amaretto Latte; Grand Marnier Truffle; Gold Peppermint; Passion Fruit Caramel; Solid Dark Chocolate; Creamy Cappuccino; and Saigon Cinnamon Caramel.
The 9-piece Book of Love is now available for shipping (through February 28th for those belated cupids) or you can specify a desired ship date to arrive just before Valentine’s Day.
Choclatique’s Valentine’s Chocolate Truffle Hearts
Looking for love in all the right places?
Seeking a little romance? This beautiful assortment of luscious heart-shaped chocolates may help you fulfill your dream with that very special gal or guy… yes, guys love chocolate, too!
Each romantic flavor casts an aphrodisiac spell that is the envy of cupid himself… the perfect Valentine’s gift.
All of our delicious Love chocolates are hand-decorated, heart-shaped and cast in our rich, award-winning Private Reserve bitter-sweet, yet fruity dark;Heritage creamery milk or Snowy-White chocolate couvertures.
Sweet Deceit Valentine’s Love Truffle Hearts
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Choclatique artisans are proud to introduce Sweet Deceit Love. Thirty beautiful and decadent chocolate hearts, and each one is 100% Sugar-Free!
This assortment includes fifteen creamy milk and fruity dark chocolate solid hearts as well as fifteen luscious milk and dark chocolate truffles. Happy Valentine’s Day!
We subtly sweeten our Sweet Deceit selections with Maltitol. Sweet Deceit Love is also available in 8-piece and 15-piece sizes.