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Five Food Find about Valentine’s Day Candy

 

In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

 

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More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

 

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At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.

 

 

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At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”

 

 

 

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It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

 

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1779 RIP Captain James Cook, British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1803 Moses Coats patented an apple parer.
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.
  • 1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
  • 2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)