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The romantic, seductive stuff…
Lots has been said about whether or not chocolate really is an aphrodisiac, so we thought that we’d take a look at the facts as we understand them… Well first off – several components in chocolate have been linked to mood and potential “aphrodisiac” effects. First on the list of “love drugs” in chocolate is phenyl-ethylamine (PEA). PEA naturally reaches peak levels during orgasm, and administering PEA increases dopamine levels, stimulating the pleasure centers. PEA is chemically similar to amphetamine, and has been shown to have similar effects: feelings of attraction, excitement, and giddiness. As a possible aphrodisiac, PEA is seen as a strong candidate by neurologists and dietitians. Second on the list is tryptophan – you may be familiar with tryptophan as the reason you fall asleep after a big meal. Your brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin. In addition to sleepiness, serotonin can produce feelings of elation. Tryptophan in chocolate may induce similar feelings, albeit at a lower intensity. And finally – anandamide (which means “internal bliss”). Anandamide binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of cannabinoid drugs, such as heightened sensitivity, euphoria and a sense of well-being. Cacao also contains two N-acyl-ethanolamines (NAEs) which slow the breakdown of anandamide, prolonging it�s effect. Some researchers have decried the small amounts of Andandamine in chocolate as insufficient to cause any effect. However, PEA and Andandamine may interact with each other, and the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate. The overall effect may be romantic or sexually stimulating. So in summary – it tastes nice! Your partner will love the fact that you’ve got to the trouble of buying her this yummy chocolate, and at the back of her mind she might be thinking “ooooohhh aphrodisiac…”
James Chocolates Raspberry Truffles Description:
James Chocolates Raspberry Truffles
Contains: Dark chocolate, cream, raspberries, milk, raspberry liqueur and soya. Contains Alcohol. May contain Nut traces.
All of James Chocolates truffles are handmade with real fresh cream for a great flavour and a soft, melting texture. The smooth, rich ganache centres are flavoured with pureed raspberries, raspberry liqueur, fresh cream and a splash of Balsamic vinegar, to make them taste fresh, vibrant and luxurious. To finish these are coated in crisp dark chocolate and rolled in cocoa and raspberry powder. Odd you may think, but it really brings out the raspberriness in them. The people at the Great Taste Awards liked them so much they gave them 2 gold stars in 2010.