During a month dedicated to love and on a day that is dedicated to all things chocolate, I thought I might just marry the two for a special sweet treat of a tip. But first, some fast facts: Chocolate was only exported to Europe after the conquest of Mexico. Before then, cultures around the world revered and respected chocolate as a magical elixir that was served mostly as a ritual sensual and sexual drink. But the aphrodisiacal properties of chocolate started to darken and then disappear altogether as it became a hot commodity as a sweet foodstuff. In Spain, the Inquisitors would torture women who they found using this sweet to help activate their magic love spells. But as the years progressed, so did technology and we now know that chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant similar to the chemical our bodies release during amour. This might then account for the cup of chocolate and plate of oysters that Cassanova was known to imbibe right before one of his notorious romps. If you're trying to win the love of that special someone, do what the Aztec and the Maya and so many cultures have done before and serve that special someone a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Of course, if you were to rip a page out of those Spanish cookbooks and top off this treat with a pinch of powdered cinnamon and sprinkle of cardamom, well, don't say I didn't warn you. Be careful what you wish for, especially if a spicy love life is the end result!