Happy Valentine's Day from everyone under the Tulip tree! Gear up with these love quotes:
"Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time." - Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) English Poet
"Love in its essence is spiritual fire." - Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) Swedish Naturalist, Mathematician, Scientist, Theologian
"Love conquers all things; let us surrender to Love." - Virgil (70-19BC) [Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil] Roman Epic Poet
"A heart that loves is always young." - Greek Proverb
"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." - Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) English Actor, Author, Director
"Love is the greatest refreshment in life." - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish Painter, Sculptor
“Love was divine madness.” Plato
Rose petals lie all around the Tulip tree today, so I have to ask. Is Valentine's Day madness?
Scientific neurotransmiters are at work when two people fall in love. Dopamine creates that euphoric feeling when you do something nice for someone, like buy gifts. Norepinephrine stimulates the body and energizes it for nights of love-making, the reason why most women are given silky, sexy lingerie. Seratonin lulls lovers into a sense of calm, which leads to Oxytocin's ability to forge bonds of trust and committment between lovers. These invisible transmiters work in unison when we least expect it and sometimes between two people who couldn't be more different. (The old opposites attract rule applies here.)
Senses are magnified with love. Pheromones are natural aphrodisiacs. Sense of smell, especially during ovulation, is a great factor in why people love. Sense of touch and sound enhance love. But on Valentine's Day a lot of emphasis is focused on taste, sweetening your lover for a night of delight. And so it is that chocolate is the #1 gift on Valentine's Day. (Oh chocolate, how I love thee, especially chocolate chip cookies!)
Chocolate has taken the world by storm. Columbus received his first drink of xocoatl (chocolate) on his fourth visit to Central America in 1502. Oh, what an elixir that must have been to a man who'd traveled vast oceans and never tasted its like before! Can you imagine what Christopher Columbus must have thought? "This discovery is going to rock the world as we know it!" Centuries later, chocolate is reknowned as the aphrodisiac of lovers. Movies like Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Chocolat with my favorite actor, Johnny Depp, entertained with chocolate. Chocolate found its way into Fondu pans, cookbooks and the hearts of millions.
Check out Russell Stover's Chocolate Hall of Fame.
- Francois-Louis Callier built the first chocolate factory in Switzerland, 1819.
- Daniel Peter discovered how to combine milk and cocoa powder to start his company in 1867, not as a chocolate
manufacturer —but as a maker of infant formula. Peter developed condensed milk in 1878 and created his first candy bar in 1894.
- Amedee-Charles Kohler produced his own chocolate and developed hazelnut chocolate in 1830.
- Phillipe Suchard produced solid chocolate candies in 1826 in Switzerland.
- Jean Tobler began production of hand-made confections in Bern, Switzerland in 1864.
- Rudolf Lindt invented "conching" in 1879, the process of stirring liquid chocolate to break down remaining clumps, making the chocolate smooth for the first time.
- M.S. Hershey established Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894. He built a candy company in Tacoma, WA, which would become Mars, Inc. in 1941.
- Stephen F. Whitman opened his first candy store on the Philadelphia wharf in 1842. The first Whitman's Sampler was produced in 1912.
- Russell Stover sold candies out of his house in Denver, CO as "Mrs. Stover's Bungalow Candies" in 1923. The company would later become Russell; Stover Candies, America's largest manufacturer of boxed chocolates.
Forest Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." Love is like that too.
If you were a box of chocolates, what flavors would we find inside?