Monday, February 13, 2012

Woo with Chocolates on Valentine's Day!

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, people in love are frantically looking for the perfect gift. But what better to give than chocolate?

Studies have proved that women and men react differently to chocolate—it is more of a physical reaction in women than it is to men. But this doesn’t mean men love chocolate less; in fact, members of the fairer sex in Japan and South Korea give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day. Men in the US army were shipped Milton Hershey’s Ration D chocolates during World War II as a morale boost and as a high-energy, pocket-sized ration of energy that was bitter enough to not create cravings. Between 1940 and 1945, it is reported that over 3 billion bars of chocolate were produced and distributed to soldiers throughout the world.

But which is the best chocolate to give? Take a look and choose for yourself!

Swiss chocolate: Swiss chocolates have gained international repute because of their quality—they are hailed to be the best brands of chocolate in the world. These chocolates are always considered to be the best form of chocolate to be gifted to loved ones. An expensive brand of this type of chocolate available in India would be Lindt.

Home-made chocolate: Chocolates from Ooty, Coonoor, and Kodaikanal are all very popular as a result of their sweetness and unique texture.

Hershey’s: Any chocolate from this brand would be widely appreciated. After all, this was the company that made chocolate so widely popular! The brand is most wide-known for its “Hershey’s Kisses” line of chocolates, as well as for its chocolate (and other flavored) syrup.

Bournville: This dark chocolate from Cadbury is not for those who would prefer milk chocolate. Being highly popular with lovers of almost pure cocoa, you could gift this valentine if he/she has a craving for bitter-sweet chocolate. One can get a number of varieties in this line as well, some of which are “rich cocoa”, almond-seeded chocolate, and fruit and nut bars of Bournville.