In other words, I’m using the excuse of Valentine’s Day to focus on one of my favorite foods all week long! Let’s start with a brief history of chocolate, a piece I wrote last year around this time (accompanied by the above video, narrated with what I thought was my best serious-documentarian voice, but in retrospect sounds more like I’m reading a children’s story).

You might also want to check out this piece from the magazine’s archives about a traditional chocolate-making utensil, the molinillo. And Hugh wrote an interesting post about chocolate and globalization last year for the Gist (the science blog that preceded Surprising Science).