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Valentine’s Day: A Chocolate Box of Fun Facts & Trivia

January 20, 2018 10:43 pm0 commentsViews: 30
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Nearly one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year in the U.S. alone, more than for any other occasion besides Christmas.

 

Women buy about 85% of all Valentine’s Day cards, but men spend twice the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend. The average amount an American man spends is $130.

 

At least 9 million people buy their pets a gift on Valentine`s Day. The most popular pet gifts are chew toys, sweaters and personalized food/water bowls.

 

In 1861 the Cadbury Chocolate Company produced the first heart-shaped box of chocolates specifically for Valentine’s Day. Today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for the occasion and more than a billion dollars in total is spent on chocolate.

 

Doctors in the 1800’s often prescribed chocolate as a “painkiller” for patients suffering from lost love.

 

Approximately 8 billion candy hearts (as shown in the photo) are produced each year, and over half are purchased for Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear that name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve.”

 

Some historians say that the X symbol came to signify “love and kisses” because in Medieval times, when most people were illiterate, they would sign papers with an X and then kiss it to indicate their sincerity.

 

Red roses became the symbol of romantic love because they were the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

 

Over 100 million roses are sold each Valentine’s Day in the U.S. and men purchase about 75% of them. About 15% of women say they have sent themselves flowers on that day.

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