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Valentine's Fun Facts
More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
About 8 billion candy conversation hearts will be produced this year; that's enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs and watches.
American men say they'd prefer to receive boxed chocolate as a Valentine's Day present followed by gourmet, high-end chocolates then conversation heart candies.
A natural aphrodisiac? As an elixir for love, chocolate has been believed throughout history to bring smiles to the broken-hearted and to prompt amorous feelings in both men and women. It is believed that Madame Du Barry served it to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.
In the 1800's physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.
The chocolate and candy industry has long been friend to both men and women looking to create a romantic and decadent Valentine's celebration.
The National Confectioners Association has tips and entertaining ideas to help make Valentine's Day a sweet success available at http://www.candyusa.com/ .
Source: National Confectioners Association
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