Food date: 2017.043

It’s a beautiful snowy day in the Northeast. Annoyingly, the flu season caught up with me  this month, which took time away from writing and researching. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some “Fun Food Facts” to tie us over.  (For those just joining us, I like to add fun facts to the end of each blog.)


Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, is more connected to celebrating romantic love than unfortunate saints of ancient Rome. It was first mentioned as a holiday in the late 1300s by Chaucer. The holiday became more popular in the Victorian era around the 1840s.

Richard Cadbury was apparently one of the early “Mad Men,” as he seemed to be an incredibly clever marketer. He found use of one of the byproducts of his “drinking chocolate.” He marketed these byproducts as “eating chocolates,” which were made of pure cocoa butter. The eating chocolates were packaged in fancy boxes, and the boxes were intended to store love letters.

Wilton Hershey covered his caramels, his original product, in chocolates shaped like kisses. He apparently lucked out-the kisses’ flat bottoms made replication easy once the production was automated.

Clara and Russell Stover started out in their small kitchen making candies in her small kitchen during the early 1900s. Russell Stover Chocolates remain an American household name. Who among us (in the US anyway) feel like it’s not Valentine’s Day without seeing the company’s famous heart shaped boxes of chocolate candies in our local drug store.


I have many topics planned for 2017 but if you have any particular interests, I will be happy to add it to my collection of upcoming topics. You can reach directly at

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!


  1. I didn’t realize Valentine’s Day went as far back as the 1300s. I don’t know if there is an official music playlist for Valentine’s Day, but if there is, I would imagine these songs would be on it:

    Heart-Shaped Box – by Nirvana
    Sugar, Sugar – The Archies

    What other songs would you add???


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