Created By: Quag15 on June 10, 2013 Last Edited By: Quag15 on July 1, 2013
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Chocolate Of Romance

Chocolate is a main ingredient in a relationship.

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Chocolate is one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex (not necessarily of that kind, obviously, though it may happen).

Chocolate is used, primarily, within these three contexts:
  • The context of courting or inviting, when one character gives to another a box of chocolates, for example. A box may also appear in special celebrations, like the one year anniversary of a relationship or Valentine's day;
  • The context of sex and intimacy, when one character gives to another a bit of chocolate, usually a bonbon or praline. Generally, it precedes the sex act itself, being part of the foreplay;
  • The context of mending issues with their relationship (which is less frequent), with the character who gives usually asking for forgiveness or a pardon.

Though becoming far less common in Western countries, in countries like Japan it remains highly popular and important (see the Real Life section), which also justifies the fact that it's common in romantic settings present in Japanese media. In the case of Western media, it's more prevalent in period pieces or in movies made before The '60s and The '70s.

May overlap with Through His Stomach. Compare Tastes Like Friendship and compare/contrast Food as Bribe. Contrast Heartbreak and Ice Cream.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, the Valentine's Day strip involves, well, Valentine's Day chocolate. England goes to give America a chocolate bar that he had heard America wanted, but sees that he already has an entire bucket full of chocolate.
  • In an OVA DVD of Kanokon, Chizuru is trying to figure out what kind of chocolate to get for Kouta for Valentines day, her various ideas being a chocolate bar wedged inbetween her breasts, chocolate molds of her breasts, and finally, a chocolate bikini, which Kouta is to eat off of her. She just ends up giving him a traditional box of chocolates.
  • In Love Hina all of the girls do this for Keitaro since they all have feelings for him, in different ways and magnitudes.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Hinagiku Katsura gets a massive pile of chocolate on Valentine's Day.
  • In Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Itoshiki gets gifts from his entire class, although only two of them are clearly chocolate hearts - a normal one from Nami and one from Chiri which is strongly implied to be an actual human heart.
  • In K-On!, for Valentine's Day, Azusa thought about giving Mio some chocolate before giving a Suspiciously Specific Denial to Ui.
  • In Potemayo a girl gives Nene's friend Kyo (the athletic, cool girl) chocolate on Valentine's Day.
  • In Vampire Knight, all of the vampires get incredible amounts of chocolate from the unknowing in-universe fan girls.
  • In the anime adaptation of Hidamari Sketch, Sae received Valentine's Day chocolates from girls when she was in junior high.

Film
  • Chocolat is almost entirely centred around this.
    Vianne Rocher: And these are for your husband. Unrefined cacao nips from Guatemala, to awaken the passions.
    Yvette Marceau: Psshh. You've obviously never met my husband.
    Vianne Rocher: Well, you've obviously never tried these.
  • The Room: A random scene (like much of the movie) has a couple sneak into Johnny's house for some romantic time. The guy brings a box of chocolate for the occasion.
    Mike: Did you, uh, know that chocolate is the symbol of love.

Live-Action TV
  • One of the cutest/funniest things that ever happened on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway show was when Little Ant and Dec interviewed Mila Kunis and gave her a box of chocolates... which they'd already eaten. Then turned down a second date with her.

Video Games
  • In the Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People episode Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad, in order to mend Homestar's relationship (and get him out of his house), puts "ChocoOpps" (which are revealed to be nothing more than chocolate-covered packaging peanuts) on Marzipan's door.
  • In recent Harvest Moon games, ou get delicious homemade goodies on Winter 14 (if you're a boy) or Spring 14 (if you're a girl). This, however, only happens with marriageable characters who are at a certain number of love points.
  • As part of their Ship Tease (before Accent Core Plus and Overture torpedoed the vessel), Jam is seen taking Ky on a picnic at the end of her third Guilty Gear XX story path, attempting to feed the apprehensive cop with heart-shaped chocolates she prepared by hand.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Manjula receives a life-sized chcocolate in the shape of Apu. Apu himself is inside it.
  • In Gargoyles, Broadway gives Angela a box of chocolates (or, to be more exact, what's left of them) shortly after introducing himself to her. They later become mates.

Real Life
  • In Japan, Valentine's Day was commercially imported from the West by chocolate/candy companies, where the idea is for girls to give gifts of chocolate to guys they like. This idea is so popular and important that some artistic representations of the act even have the girl giving herself with chocolate poured all over her body. White Day was later invented for March 14, where males "return" the sentiments with a gift of their own. The usual method is that of giving him homemade chocolate and cookies, packaged in an embroidered hankerchief and tied with a ribbon. Sometimes, it will involve a handmade sweater as well.
  • In the West it was generally common practice to give a girl, either for going out or on Valentine's day, a box of chocolates and/or flowers. Sometimes, a greeting card was also included. In the cases where this is still practiced, the receivers of said box are usually women over the age of 40 or 50.
  • According to various studies, chocolate (especially of the dark variety) is one of the recommended foods that you can eat before having sex. Chocolate triggers feelings of relaxation, intoxication and pleasure. It also releases mood-boosting, stress-reducing serotonin, stimulates physical contact desires and lowers inhibitions.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • June 10, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    In an episode of The Simpsons Homer gives Marge a life-sized chocolate Homer, and it turns out that Homer is inside it.
  • June 10, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ I believe that was Apu and Manjula. :-)
  • June 10, 2013
    Quag15
    ^ Corrected. Thanks!
  • June 11, 2013
    Quag15
    Is the Laconic good? Or should I change it?
  • June 12, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Everythings Better With Chocolate isn't a trope, and we will cut that page, so "chocolate" will do.
  • June 12, 2013
    Quag15
    ^Uhm, ok. Why isn't that a trope and why is it going to be cut? Just for curiosity. And thanks for the editing, but please, ask me first (or tell me what changes should be done) next time.
  • June 12, 2013
    Quag15
    EDIT: Ok, I saw the whole discussion about it being cut. No need to justify.

  • June 13, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Here's a post from a similar, never-launched YKTTW discussion that took place three years ago, from someone whose name I failed to record:
    As my YKTTW for a Japanese-Valentine's-Day-only application was deleted because the existence of this, I would request the Valentine's Day application to be split into an separate article, as Valentine's day chocolates was mainly a very formal kind of courting, together with associated things like giri-choco, white day and stuff, and should not be mixed into the general application discussed here.
  • June 14, 2013
    Quag15
    ^Can you tell what was the name of that discussion, please? I'll probably need to check it out.
  • June 14, 2013
    Prfnoff
    The discussion was named Chocolate and Cookies, but don't go searching for it because you won't find it. I have my own saved copy. Its sponsor was Nate The Great, by the way.
  • June 15, 2013
    Quag15
    Ok. Just by any chance, could you PM me that content you saved, please? Thanks!
  • June 15, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • The Room: A random scene (like much of the movie) has a couple sneak into Johnny's house for some romantic time. The guy brings a box of chocolate for the occasion.
      Mike: Did you, uh, know that chocolate is the symbol of love.

    That could be the page quote, perhaps.
  • June 16, 2013
    Quag15
    That's a great example. How could have I missed it? Thanks! I don't know if I'll put a page quote, but that's a good (and hilarious) line.
  • June 16, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
    • On Gargoyles, Broadway gives Angela a box of chocolates (what's left of them) shortly after introducing himself to her. They later become mates.
  • June 20, 2013
    Quag15
    Bump.
  • June 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The laconic needs work. The point of a laconic is to explain the idea of the trope in a few words, but this one says absolutely nothing about the relationship of chocolate and romance.
  • June 22, 2013
    Quag15
    ^See if it's a good one now. Thanks for noticing that.
  • June 23, 2013
    lakingsif
    Real Life: One of the cutest/ funniest things ever was on Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (definitely not SNL) when Little Ant and Dec interviewed Mila Kunis and gave her a box of chocolates... which they'd already eaten. Then turned down a second date with her.
  • June 23, 2013
    Quag15
    Isn't this ^one supposed to be Live-Action TV? After all, Saturday Night Takeaway is a program, right?

    Also, the video doesn't open/work.
  • June 24, 2013
    lakingsif
    Well, it's Live Action Television, but it's an interview, so it's non-fiction.

    I just tried the video, it's fine and plays automatically when the page has loaded. Try it again?
  • June 24, 2013
    lakingsif
    Also, film Chocolat is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Joanne Harris.
  • June 24, 2013
    Quag15
    ^^ Well, it doesn't work on my computer. But it's not really important, I suppose. Nonetheless, thank you for the example. It's best to put it in the Live-Action TV section. ^ I know, but I chose to put the film because it's more popular and recognizable.
  • June 25, 2013
    lakingsif
    ^ 's'funny, I read the book before I knew there was a film, and then I thought it would just be something a little unknown. Then I found out Johnny Depp and Judi Dench were in it, and I think my jaw dropped a... little.
  • June 25, 2013
    Quag15
    ^Yeah, it has quite a cast (also, Alfred Molina and Lena Olin). I haven't read the book, and I suppose the majority has probably never heard of it.
  • June 25, 2013
    X2X
    Video Games
    • As part of their Ship Tease (before Accent Core Plus and Overture torpedoed the vessel), Jam is seen taking Ky on a picnic at the end of her third Guilty Gear XX story path, attempting to feed the apprehensive cop with heart-shaped chocolates she prepared by hand.
  • June 28, 2013
    Quag15
    Bump.
  • June 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Possible page pictures?
  • June 30, 2013
    Quag15
    I was kinda thinking about that. I'll see some other pictures as well and will then choose. Thanks for the links!
  • July 1, 2013
    XFllo
    Just a note about correct Example Indentation.

    Correct:
    • Show X (optional is to write something general about the show and its examples).

    Incorrect:

    CORRECT USE:

    • Merge it together like this. There is nothing wrong with expanding an existing entry and providing more context, but the rules for writing should be followed. Always.

    Hope this helps.
  • July 1, 2013
    Quag15
    I assume you're talking about the Real Life examples. I'll put them together. Thanks! I was kind putting the white points to show exceptions or to show different sub-contexts. I'll do the changes.
  • July 1, 2013
    Quag15
    Is there anything else that I need to do or is it pretty much ready for the fifth hat and the launch?
  • July 1, 2013
    Quag15
    Thank you very much, everybody. It's launched.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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