Easter is hopping around the corner and we’re eggcited for the one day of the year when it is absolutely excusable to stuff your mouth full of chocolate when you first wake up.
What is the connection between chocolate and Easter, anyway?
Delicious god of the cocoa kind, Cadbury, says Christian customs connected with Easter eggs are, to some extent, adaptations of ancient pagan practices related to spring rites. Mr. Cadbury says the egg is a symbol of ‘fertility’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘the beginning’. With the rise of Christianity in Western Europe, the church adopted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection. The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century.
Why you should choose chocolate over booze this Easter
1. It’s good for you
Experts have found that quality dark chocolate with a high mass of cocoa (around 70% or more) is good for the heart, circulation and the brain.
2. Chocolate can be your partner
Who needs romance when you can indulge in rich goodness and surround yourself with delicious emotional support?
3. You won’t get a hangover
That’s right. Eat all the chocolate your heart desires and don’t worry about waking up groggy or feeling sorry for yourself.
4. It fixes things
Especially heartbreak and PMS.
5. It’s family-friendly
Unlike alcohol, chocolate is appropriate for all occasions and kids love it. Who could blame them?
6. Chocolate doesn’t make you break out
Good quality chocolate in moderation contains flavonoids which help absorb UV light and increase blood flow to your skin, making it look healthier and more radiant.
7. Naturally improve your sex life
Chocolate is an aphrodisiac that contains L-arginine, an amino acid that can be an effective natural sex enhancer. Oh, la la!
8. Boost your energy levels
The caffeine and theobromine in chocolate mean it works as a natural pick-me-up.
9. You can eat it so many different ways
You can eat chocolate frozen in ice cream form, melted, at breakfast in chocolate chip pancakes, as a spread like Nutella, as a dessert, a pick-me-up, a sugar hit or just a little midnight snack. The list really goes on and on.
10. Chocolate helps you relax
Even the smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.
Let us know what you like to do over the Easter break in the comments!