Is Dark Chocolate Aphrodisiac?

Mayan Dark chocolate Aphrodisiac

The ancient Mayans drank chocolate for fertility, and the Aztecs were convinced that dark chocolate was a potent aphrodisiac. King Montezuma had rather a large harem which, as all harem keepers know, requires considerable dedication to satisfy. Fifty cups of dark chocolate a day later and Monte was a happy man. It’s difficult to know, of course, which part of the heady mix worked. A known active ingredient is the stimulant theobromine, but there may have been other stimulants added to that heady mix. This healthy chocolate drink flavored with spices such as vanilla, cinnamon and chili peppers (also high in antioxidants) was even exchanged as a part of the Mayan marriage ceremony.

More recently studies of popular aphrodisiacs including dark chocolate have shown that phenylethylamine is present, a relative of amphetamines that peaks when you fall in love, and surges into the brain during orgasm! The testosterone levels of ladies have been shown to increase after eating chocolate. Chocolate also contains Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight, and has been shown to be elevated for the first year of falling in love.

Even without these ingredients dark chocolate is of course a sensual experience involving sight, touch,sound, smell and taste. The dark shiny color, the smooth touch, the snap as you break it, the subtle aromas and that unctuous melt in the mouth experience all contribute to the feel good factor.

It has been said that in the 17th century ladies living in San Cristobal de la Casas, Mexico, fortified themselves with a cup of hot dark chocolate while attending high mass. Outraged at such consumption in the house of God,the Bishop subsequently banned the drink. The ladies left the church and the Bishop met an untimely end by drinking chocolate laced with poison! The Bishop should have known – never separate a lady from her chocolate!

Dark chocolate aphrodisiac for Casanovas

The famous Venetian womanizer Giacomo Casanova called chocolate the “elixir of love” and drank a mug of drinking cocoa before embarking on a lovemaking conquest. Not surprisingly, he was more successful than his modern day counterpart, who downs four pints of beer before staggering across the dance floor!

So, should dark chocolate be considered an Aphrodisiac?

Perhaps the best suggestion, purely in the pursuit of scientific endeavor, is to carry out an independent experiment. Help us out with this and report back:

Give your lover a box of healthy dark chocolate, settle down in a candle lit room with the music on low, a glass of wine, and see where the mood takes you!

Then let us know. Comment below. For you: dark chocolate aphrodisiac or not?


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