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With there being so much focus on romance this week, it’s the perfect time for the hospitality industry to capitalise on first dates, romantic proposals or simply a celebration of love.

Chefs up and down the country will have been busy planning and promoting their delicious Valentine’s menus for months. You can’t beat ending a romantic meal with an indulgent dessert, but what ingredients should be included in these romantic dishes?

There’s always lots of debate on which foods are the most romantic and here at Lockhart we wanted to explore some of these ingredients further and delve into the reasons why they are known aphrodisiacs. The dictionary definition of aphrodisiacs is: “an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.” Aphrodisiacs get their names from Aphrodite who was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. In fact, most of the food associated with love and lust stem from that time.

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Five romantic dessert ingredients and why they are associated with romance

1. Chocolate

This is an absolute classic Valentine’s dessert ingredient and for many this amorous day is the perfect time to enjoy it. In the 80s it was reported that chocolate releases a chemical called phenylethylamine which makes diners feel happy and loving. Whilst this study hasn’t been fully proven chocolate is still very much associated with love today. Just think how often chocolates are bought to show a loved one how much you care. Chocolate is also seen as being indulgent, which makes any chocolate dessert perfect for a special celebration.

2. Watermelon

Various studies have linked this fruit to being an aphrodisiac due to it being a rich source of the non-essential amino acid, Citrulline, which helps maintain blood flow. Of course, the fact it’s also the colour red makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert addition to help add some romance to the dessert plate. It’s even regarded by some as a ‘sexy’ food to eat.

If you don't like watermelon or pomegranate, then substitute for another red fruit to stay on trend - as Dudson have above on their innovative tableware range featured in the Chocolate Puddings section of our latest Look Book.

3. Pomegranate

There has been some talk around the fact that the ‘Forbidden Fruit’ mentioned in the Bible wasn’t an apple but could have been a pomegranate. This delicious fruit is perfect for sharing with someone special and with its antioxidant properties, it can increase vitality. There’s some debate as to whether it’s the rich juice or the seeds which bring the most aphrodisiac qualities. However, its deep red appearance helps build on that association with romance and love.

4. Red wine

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Whether you are looking to serve it as an accompaniment or create a dessert which includes wine, just make sure it’s red. You may be noticing a bit of a theme with the colour of our chosen ingredients. However, red wine is included in almost every list of food and drink aphrodisiacs. Whilst the positive effects only happen if it’s consumed with moderation, a small amount of red wine helps people to feel calm, relaxed and more at ease. Don’t forget it’s also about the glassware you serve wine in as this can make a difference to an overall dining experience.

Find out more about the Bormioli Rocco range on our YouTube channel as it’s designed to wow your customers.

5. Figs

This fruit has so much history with it thought to be one of the first to be discovered. Figs were even mentioned in the Bible with Adam and Eve wearing their leaves to cover themselves. The ancient Greeks regarded this fruit as sacred and since this time it has been associated with love and fertility.

If you are looking for even more glassware ideas to serve impressive and romantic desserts in, learn more about Schott Zwiesel Glassware on our YouTube channel below:

What do you think about these foods and their association with love, lust and romance? We’d love to hear which ingredients you associate with Valentine’s Day. Share your inspiration and Valentine’s dishes with us via Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook.


Lockhart Catering on 13 February 2018 8:00 AM

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