Posted by IdealVitamins Staff

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that means love is in the air. And nothing says love like chocolate.

Researchers have long known that eating chocolate, the number one food craved by American women, causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that make us feel good and mimics feeling in love.  

Chocolate contains more than 500 natural chemical compounds. But if you want the health benefits of chocolate, you have to go with dark chocolate (with more than 60% cacao) , which is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants (including polyphenols, flavanols and catechins).  Quality dark chocolate is also rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals and can be helpful in reducing bad cholesterol, improving memory function and improving cardiovascular function.

So, if you’re looking to wow your sweetie with something beyond a box  of store-bought, sugary, processed chocolates and have a  tiny one-day indulgence, here are some delicious dark chocolate treats that are sure to satisfy any chocolate lover and say I love you.

Sweet, chocolately desserts:

Chocolate is most commonly used for the sweeter side of cooking and baking, but did you know there is a savory side of chocolate as well? Chocolate and cocoa powder have been used for years as a savory component of sauces and marinades, most popularly in Mexican recipes, and creative chefs today are incorporating cocoa powder and chocolate into remarkable main course meals. Adding chocolate to a dish adds a rich depth of flavor and a great contrast of sweet and savory.

Savory chocolate delights:

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