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Nothing says romance and elegance on Valentine’s Day like a juicy red strawberry dipped in gourmet chocolate. While we usually don’t have our strawberries in stores during the long winter months, Valentine’s Day is special enough to warrant a comeback.

Chocolate covered strawberries have become a Valentine’s Day mainstay. The sweet fresh juiciness of a strawberry enrobed in a dark chocolate shell is pretty irresistible on any day of the year. However, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to impress your significant other (or treat yourself!) with this very special indulgence.

Our chocolate covered strawberries will be sold in our retail stores this weekend through Monday, the 14th. Once the strawberries arrive, we hand dip them in our 54% dark chocolate. Strawberries are dipped daily in our retail stores. For the freshest taste and best chocolate experience, the berries should be enjoyed within 24 hours of dipping.

If you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on these limited time treats (they do go quickly!) feel free to place your strawberry orders in advance—just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Call us at any one of our three retail stores, Pine Street or Church St in Burlington or on Rte 100 in Waterbury to place your order.  Your Valentine will love you for it!

Is Chocolate Really an Aphrodisiac?

Posted on January 27, 2011 10:04 AM by Lea

Why chocolate and Valentine’s Day are their own match made in heaven

A beautiful box of gourmet chocolates is a tried and true chocolate Valentine’s Day gift—and for good reason! Aside from the fact that chocolate is a delicious way to demonstrate your love for your sweetie, chocolate is also rumored to possess strong aphrodisiac effects. Even the Aztecs recognized the romantic powers of the cocoa bean! It is rumored that the emperor Montezuma chowed down on the beans in preparation for his many love affairs. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the holiday dedicated to love and romance is so chocolate-obsessed.

There is no doubt your significant other will be thrilled to receive his or her favorite chocolates on the 14th, but could eating the treat actually spark an increase sexual desire? Did Montezuma get it right? Lake Champlain Chocolates investigates the science behind the claim.

At first glance, the connection between chocolate and increased romantic desire seems promising. There are two chemicals found naturally in chocolate: tryptophan and phenylethylamine that may contribute to chocolate’s purported aphrodisiac effects. Tryptophan is component of serotonin, which is a brain chemical associated with heightened sexual arousal. So far so good. The latter, phenylethylamine, is the same stimulant people release in their brains when they fall in love. Hmm, kind of explains that feeling I get when sipping a mug of Old World hot chocolate or bite into one of our handcrafted chocolate truffles.

However, naysayers believe that there aren’t enough of these two chemicals in chocolate to cause a measurable increase in sexual desire. Most researchers say the connection between chocolate and romance, if there is one, is most likely psychological.

Regardless of what the scientists may say, Lake Champlain Chocolates is all for a little personal research. Our boxed Valentine chocolates may help you come to your own conclusions.