Flowers say, "I'm sorry" — chocolate says, "I love you!"
Chocolate is one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex (not necessarily
of that kind
, obviously, though it may happen). Some believe that chocolate simulates the same part of the brain that sex does, but this is an Urban Legend
; still, the two combine well.
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 Sixties
and The Seventies
They're usually seen as either part of or on its own as a Grand Romantic Gesture
. It is also often paired with some Flowers of Romance
Often a subtrope of Erotic Eating
. May overlap with Through His Stomach
. Compare Tastes Like Friendship
and compare/contrast Food as Bribe
. Contrast Heartbreak and Ice Cream
Anime and Manga
- There was one Cadbury's TV ad in the UK in which a boy gives a piece of his chocolate to a girl sitting behind him. The two start dating, get married, and eventually have a son - who then goes on to do the same thing as his father in giving a piece of his chocolate to a girl sat behind him on a bus. "First Taste. First Love."
- 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.
- The Valentine's Day strip from Hetalia: World Stars features Japan, France and Italy talking about the Japanese habits surrounding this day. Japan feels a bit of unease and tension in this particular day due to the social pressures. Cue Taiwan giving him some chocolate gifts (something which she does yearly) and France and Italy staring at him with a certain amusement.
- 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, it is related by Chika that Sae received Valentine's Day chocolates from girls when she was in junior high.
- In one Spider-Man comic, Mary Jane is miffed at Peter, and isn't all too impressed when he offers her flowers; then he mentions he also has a box of Mallomars. Cue the hugging and kissing.
- Deconstructed in Your Servant Mistress: Diaval gives Maleficent a chocolate cake. This causes some conflict as she doesn't want to be bribed into loving him ... and has good reason to distrust food given to her by men. She makes him taste it first. It is not drugged. He happily eats it out of her hand.
- 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.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Romilda Vane attempts to give love potion infused chocolates to Harry. He gives them to Ron, who promptly falls in love with her.
- In the German novel Gottes Bodenpersonal: Eine unwahrscheinliche Liebesgeschichte ("God's ground personnel: an unlikely love story"), the first subtle sign of the budding romance between Lauren and Christian is Lauren giving Christian an enormous box of chocolates.
- 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.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As part of his unsuccessful attempt to romance Buffy in Season 5, Spike buys a box of chocolates for Buffy's birthday, but her little sister Dawn derides the gift as lame and ends up eating them herself, pointing out that big sis would never accept a gift from Spike anyway.
- 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, you 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.
- In Quest for Glory V, you can give chocolate candies called Sokolotak-ya to romantic interests (or whoever else, really). An assassin also plays off of the "secret admirer" cultural message by leaving drugged chocolate for various people. Eating the drugged chocolate he leaves for you is not good for your health.
- Most of Voltage Inc's romance games get a Valentine's Day Episode side story sooner or later, and the protagonist's efforts to present her love interest with handmade chocolate for the holiday feature prominently in all of them. Drama caused by lost, stolen, or damaged chocolate is also common, as are various other obstacles ranging from cross-cultural confusion to angst when the guy in question seems to have accepted chocolate from another girl.
- In the "A Chocolate Kiss" side story of Love Letter From Thief X, the chocolate goes missing before the protagonist gets the chance to give it to her lover, in most cases requiring extreme measures to track it down and get it back in edible condition.
- The "Black Valentine's Day" side story in Ten Days With My Devil requires the protagonist to explain the tradition to the demons, most of whom don't know enough about human culture to be familiar with the holiday and its customs. Not all of them manage to wrap their brains around the significance: Kakeru, for example, takes a while to grasp that the protagonist putting her feelings into the chocolate she's made for him does not mean it literally contains her soul.
- Be My Princess, My Forged Wedding, My Sweet Bodyguard, and Class Trip Crush also include Valentine's side stories focusing mostly or entirely on the protagonist's desire to give her guy homemade chocolate, and in most cases his eager expectation of receiving it.
- In Welcome To Sanditon, Clara bakes nutella waffles for herself and her new boyfriend Ed in the episode "Nutella Waffles for Two".
- 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.
- In the early Looney Tunes Porky's Romance, he goes to court Petunia, but she huffily turns him away. As he trudges away dejectedly, she spots the box of candy he's carrying, rockets out the door, snags him, and pulls him inside...then contentedly munches away, ignoring him.
- 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. (Or going out with a man who was taught how to treat a lady by his mom.)
- 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.
- Subverted in that, due to the above-mentioned effect, people tend to eat lots of chocolate when lovesick. Chocolate also mitigates the negative side effects of love. If it's really bad, anti-depressants may be more effective in the serotonin-increasing department.