Sweet Talk

Alliance Patisserie
Alliance Patisserie

~ New: click for the video of my interview on tastytrade web tv, about chocolate health benefits and the business of Valentine’s Day, and see some of the pastries we’ll sample today at the below tasting! ~

Come hear about the history and health benefits of chocolate, while sampling fine chocolate and pastry this Valentine’s Day:

I’m hosting a seated chocolate tasting open to the public at 12:45 pm on Valentine’s Day, Saturday 2/14, at new Alliance Patisserie, 615 N. State Street, Chicago, and a few spots remain!

$40/person, http://www.chicagochocolatetours.com/buy.

Chocolate is love!

Valerie Beck, Chocolate Expert

chocolateuplift@gmail.com

How Did Valentine’s Day Get So Chocolatey?

How Did Valentine’s Day Get So Chocolatey?

by Valerie Beck, chocolate expert

chocolate love at Toni Patisserie, Chicago
Chocolate love at Toni Patisserie, Chicago.

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, whether romantic, platonic, or spiritual. But where did it come from, and how did chocolate (thankfully!) become associated with it?

The holiday began as an ancient Roman fertility festival, was Christianized with St. Valentine who according to legend married star-crossed lovers in secret against the wishes of Roman emperor Claudius II, became a day to celebrate romance during the rise of courtly love during the 14th century, and has since spread throughout the world, in various permutations. On Valentine’s Day in Japan for example, women give chocolate to men!

Chocolate has long been associated with love, from Mayan times onward, because of its mood elevating properties. Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? Scientists disagree, but throughout history people have embraced this idea.

For instance, Aztec emperor Montezuma drank golden goblets of chocolate before visiting his harem. Famed ladies’ man Casanova wrote that chocolate was more effective in the seductive arts than Champagne. Note though that these two historical chocolate lovers enjoyed their chocolate themselves, and didn’t share it with the women in their lives! This may have been a mistake, because today researchers have found that chocolate affects men and women differently, due to different brain chemistry, which may explain why women report craving chocolate more than men do.

On that note, a recent poll showed that 50% of women surveyed said that they prefer chocolate to, ahem, something else.

One of my new Chocolate Uplift Sweet & Chic gift sets, in "think pink!" Contact me to order: chocolateuplift@gmail.com.
One of my new Chocolate Uplift Sweet & Chic gift sets, the “think pink,” with bean-to-bar chocolate, and an ikat scarf and pouch. Contact me to order: chocolateuplift@gmail.com.

In contemporary times, the week of Valentine’s Day is a big season for chocolate purchases. Let’s face it: chocolate is love!

Your friend in chocolate,

Valerie

Want more chocolate insights, plus a chocolate tasting? Book me as your group’s “sweet speaker!” Click here for speaking engagement topics, fees, testimonials, and videos, or contact me at chocolateuplift@gmail.com.

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Sweet & Chic

Sweet & Chic 

spring green Sweet & Chic gift set
spring green gift set. click here for more!

Chocolate + a scarf, tote, or cosmetics pouch = sweet & chic!

My new Sweet & Chic gift sets are now available for purchase online anytime for anyone, or at my speaking engagements to add value for attendees and provide a delicious and memorable takeaway.

I’m seeking additional chocolate makers and accessories crafters to be featured. Bean-to-bar or fair trade preferred!

Click here for info on my speaking engagements, or contact me at chocolateuplift@gmail.com with questions or if you’re interested in having your chocolate or accessories featured.

think pink gift set
think pink gift set. click here for more!

Onward and upward!

Your friend in chocolate (and style),

Valerie

“ABCs of Sweet Success”

Fun news:

I’m excited to speak to the Batavia Women in Business group, outside of Chicago, on the “ABCs of Sweet Success,” and excited about the corresponding article in The Chicago Tribune about my speaking engagements and rebranding to Chocolate Uplift!

sweet speaker
Sweet speaker. Click for a larger version, or for the corresponding article.

Click here for info on booking me for a Chocolate Wellness talk or business talk, or contact me at chocolateuplift@gmail.com.

All my speaking engagements come with chocolate!

Cheers!

Valerie