Valentine's Day NewsletterWith each newsletter we offer a bit of trivia associated with coffee, tea, coffee cake and the pleasures of coffee and teatime. This issue, in our Did You Know section, we discuss Chocolate in Love and War. We hope you find these "Did You Know?" tidbits useful and if you have a subject you wish for us to research please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DID YOU KNOW? - CHOCOLATE IN LOVE AND WAR
According to an ancient Mayan legend chocolate came from Paradise. The god Quetzalcoatl came to Earth on a beam of the Morning Star with a cacao tree and taught the people how to make the beans into a drink thought to bring wisdom and knowledge to those who consumed it. Thus it began - the fascinating journey of chocolate in love and war. "What use are cartridges in battle?" asked George Bernard Shaw (1894), "I always carry chocolate instead." Most soldiers, however, carried both. British troops stationed in South Africa during the Boor War received specially molded chocolate bars from Queen Victoria. M&Ms had their start with the U.S. military in 1940 and American soldiers in WW II carried a Ration D bar (pictured below) of concentrated chocolate. American troops and Desert Storm troops carried specially designed Hershey bars able to withstand temperatures of 140 degrees F.
American Soldiers in WW II Carried Hershey's Ration D Bar
Create new motions of the flesh.
And cause them long for you know what
If they but taste of chocolate."
James Wadworth, 1768-1844, A History of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate
Legend says chocolate is a powerful love potion and history is full of stories about people who put chocolate's reputation to the test: Montezuma, Casanova, Marquis de Sade to name a few. St. Valentine's day continues the tradition of sending chocolates to the one you love - the idea being that the candy's mysterious properties will seduce your beloved's heart and cause him or her to return your feelings.
Although I saw you
-- Masuhito (8th Century)
Happy Valentine's Day
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