Food and Drink 

What sits in the seats of desire?

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Originally called "motto hearts" in 1866 by their creator, Daniel Chase, at what later became the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO), they're made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, gums, colouring and flavouring. They come in at only three calories per little heart, and minus the edible beeswax and anti-foaming agents found in jelly beans.

Cinnamon hearts are pretty cool, or is that hot?, especially since ancient Romans believed cinnamon to be an aphrodisiac. Basically you're ingesting sugar, cornstarch, flavouring and colour, and, depending on who made them, maybe a bit of carnauba wax, which is made from the leaves of the carnauba palm, native to Brazil.

Personally, I've always had a bit of a hard time with carnauba wax because they use it in wax for cars and surfboards and in shoe polish, albeit a different grade.  But sort that one out for yourself. Depending on how much emptiness needs filling, it might even be a good thing.

As for that traditional box of Valentine's chocolates, in my world, you can never get enough chocolate - just make sure if I'm your heart's desire that you make mine dark.

In the meantime, have fun this Valentine's Day, and see how much emptiness you can fill.

 

 

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who doesn't run well on empty.

 

 

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