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The Archaeology of… Chocolate

chocolateThose who observe Valentine’s Day have many options in how to celebrate their love, but many choose to do it with chocolate. The pairing is a result of Valentine’s Day becoming celebrated as a romantic holiday starting with Chaucer in 1382 (and since becoming increasingly commercialized) and the rise of chocolate as a popular food in Europe. But it should be obvious that Valentine’s Day is not the only time in which we indulge in these candies. As of 2015, the average American eats 9.5 lbs of chocolate a year, and that amount puts the US at 9th in the world – in Switzerland the average citizen eats 19.8 lbs a year. The marriage of Valentine’s Day and chocolate may be fairly recent but chocolate consumption dates back thousands of years.

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