While some foods are branded as aphrodisiacs for their chemical properties, others are anointed with the same fame for their sensuous texture, suggestive appearance, and irresistible fragrance. No matter the reason, the amorous ingredients effortlessly invite a romantic atmosphere. Whether you’re planning ahead for Valentine’s Day or simply want to surprise your loved one with a delicious meal, consider utilising these seven foods oft regarded as aphrodisiacs (recipes below, too!).
Chocolate has been touted as an aphrodisiac since the Aztec civilization. Although some hypothesise that its aphrodisiac qualities result from the chemicals trytophan and phenylethalamine, its effects on sexual desire are highly contested since it contains minimal quantities of the two chemicals. Alternatively, others believe that its sensual characteristics have to do with the way chocolate melts in your mouth.
Try it in: these chocolate lava cakes, which elevates the romance factor with melted chocolate oozing out of the cake—a sensuous experience to say the least.