by The Chocolate Dictionary

The medicinal use of chocolate, self-administered without the intervention of physicians. Several companies make chocolate bars flavoured with ingredients specially chosen for their health benefits. Belgian company New Tree, for example, produce a bar called Tranquility, infused with calming lavender, bitter orange and lime blossom. They also have one called Sexy, containing guarana, a natural aphrodisiac, along with ginger and pepper, natural stimulants for extra perkiness and lift.

English company Feeding Your Imagination produce hand-made chocolate bars with names like Sensual, infused with sweet orange, nutmeg and chilli for “soothing relaxation”; and Lovely, a “tummy loving” bar made with essential oils of peppermint to aid digestion, and cardamom for softness, allowing the self-medicating eater “to enjoy this soothing, peaceful moment”.

All chocolates and bars affect the mind and body, and although some are more of a treat than a medicinal pick-me-up, the greatest mood-lifter in the world is still a beautifully designed box filled to the brim with irresistible truffles, ganaches and pralines. In the immortal words of actor Alicia Silverstone: “My favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex”.

Better than sex?