by The Chocolate Dictionary

The medicinal use of chocolate, in most cases self-administered without the intervention of physicians. As an aid to chocopedics, 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. There’s also one called Sexy containing guarana, a natural aphrodisiac, along with ginger and pepper, natural stimulants for that extra lift.

English company Feeding Your Imagination used to produce 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.

All chocolate affects 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 Hollywood actress 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?