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“In the Mood” Foods

In Medieval times, mead–a fermented drink made from honey–was used as an aid to seduction. In many parts of Europe, newly married couples were supplied with enough mead for a month in order to sweeten the marriage. From this practice comes the modern tradition of the honeymoon.
The Aztecs called chocolate the “food of the gods”, perhaps because it contains chemicals thought to affect neurotransmitters in the brain. Chocolate also contains a caffeine-related compound called theobromine, which acts as a mild stimulant. Whether it was their minds or their hearts racing after nibbling on the rich treat, we’re confident that everyone left the ancient dessert buffet happy.
Dating back to the days of Samson and Delilah, when it’s reputed that Samson pursued the long-haired beauty with branches from an almond tree, the nuts have been a symbol of fertility. Plus, the aroma of almonds was thought to induce passion in a woman.

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