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Sweets For Your Sweetest

Composed by Amelia Blades Steward,

SOURCES: www.history.com, wwww.smithsonianmag.com

Looking back to the origins of Valentine’s Day, chocolates were not a part of the picture during the 14th century when Chaucer wrote about St. Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday in his poem “Parlement of Foules.” It wasn’t until years later that the celebration of a day around romantic love became popular in the English-speaking world and began to merge with the idea of sweets.


In the 1860s, Richard Cadbury, of the British chocolate manufacturing family, found a way to extract pure cocoa butter from whole cocoa beans and produce drinking chocolate and later eating chocolate that grew in popularity. It was when he started selling them in decorated boxes that he designed himself (possibly the first heart-shaped box) that the Victorians caught the fever and began buying them for loved ones for Valentine’s Day on February 14. The boxes were then used to store mementos and Victorian-era Cadbury boxes are prized collectibles even today. Cadbury’s chocolates were then followed by Milton Hershey’s chocolate kisses in 1907 and then Russell Stover’s candies in 1923, which were eventually packaged in heart-shaped boxes and distributed all around the world.

Chesapeake Chocolates

202 Island Plaza

Stevensville, MD 21666

410-643-7884

chesapeakechocolates.com

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Chocolate crabs, sold individually, or in bushel baskets, chocolate roses, chocolate dipped and boxed candies, including truffles, and chocolate-covered strawberries!

Oh My Chocolate

417 Thompson Creek Road

Stevensville, MD 21666

410-643-7111

ohmychocolate.com

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m.

Monday: Closed

Award-winning caramel apples to chocolate fountains, chocolate dipped wine bottles to chocolate-covered strawberries, and more!

Olde Town Candy Company

216 S. Talbot Street

St. Michaels, MD 21663

(410) 745-2066

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed

Old-fashioned handmade candies and chocolates, delicious truffles, and

local chocolate crabs!

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