Our Love For Chocolate (Valentine's Day Recipes!)
When you say 'Valentine's Day', you might as well say 'Chocolate'. It is estimated, that in the U.S.alone, $1.7 billion is spent on candy on this particular day. Valentine’s Day is the third biggest holiday. With its heart-shaped boxes, it overpowers Easter and Christmas in terms of market share.
Not surprisingly, chocolate is a big winner around the world, with searches spiking in January and February for terms such as “chocolate,” “chocolate covered strawberries,” “chocolate brownies” and “chocolate cake.” Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, the UK and Norway are leading in consuming the most chocolate per capita, according to 2015 candy industry statistics.
In 2020, it’s expected that Americans will be spending an average $196.31 on all manner of heart-shaped treats and experiences. Spending is expected to total $27.4 billion, up 32 percent from last year’s record $20.7 billion.  Europeans spend also a generous amount of money when it comes to celebrating Valentine's day - the Spanish consumers spend £112 on average and the French around £112.
Chocolate is my favorite treat as well, dark chocolate that is. Whatever the season, I always have at least half a kilo of dark chocolate and raw cacao, ready to be used in homemade smoothies, cakes and healthy treats. Find my favorite recipes below.
Healthy Chocolate Recipes (not only) for Valentine's Day