Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you eat all the chocolate today. If you’re enjoying those delicious bites of heart shaped chocolatey goodness wondering why we give chocolate for Valentine’s day, I have the answer.
It started when Richard Cadbury, the son of Cadbury founder John Cadbury, decided they needed to fancy up the boxes the sold chocolate in to help sales. He then came up with the first hear-shaped box of chocolates as part of a Valentine’s Day promotion in 1861. They’ve been selling them ever since. Now they estimate more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold every year. Which equals about 58 million pounds of chocolate.
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