Inspired by the great feedback from our Vegan Fruit Collection, I decided to continue experimenting to create more vegan sweets. I always knew dried fruits were nature’s candies but I also learned that many of them are even considered aphrodisiacs! This inspired me to create something extra special just for Valentine’s Day!
So, I decided to take our formula for the Vegan Collection sweets, using Indian and Middle Eastern influences and ingredients with all natural dried fruits, and transform them in to truffles! I coated each truffle in only 70% cocoa of Valrhona chocolate and rolled each in a different topping. I used only dark chocolate as I believe it is chocolate in one of its richest, purest form and most powerful aphrodisiac!
The results were 5 seemingly sinful new array of gluten-free Vegan Truffles:
Mango Chili Coconut – Juicy dried mango and blended them with cayenne chili powder coated in dark chocolate and rolled in coconut powder.
Date Rose Pistachio – Sweet Mejdool dates with a touch of organic rose oil that is coated in dark chocolate and rolled in powdered pistachios
Fig Vanilla Cashew – Blend of Black Mission figs and Turkish figs with hint of Tahitian vanilla coated in dark chocolate and rolled in powdered roasted cashews.
Apricot Honey Nut – Luscious bright Turkish apricots blended with orange blossom honey and coated in dark chocolate with ground pine nuts.
Bing Cherry Chocolate – Tart and sweet Bing cherries blended with a bit of Tahitian vanilla and coated in dark chocolate and cocoa powder.
Here are just some of the interesting facts I learned about the natural aphrodisiac affects of the fruits, spices and chocolate used in the truffles:
Chili Peppers have a wonderful attribute in their ability to release endorphins, get the heart pumping and make lips swell to full kissable pout! The capsaicin they contain is responsible for the effects and is also a good pain reliever triggered to put out internal “fire.” Endorphins also cause the high of extreme physical exertion — a floating, energized feeling.
Cardamom is an aromatic spice high in cineole, which can increase blood flow. Certain cultures deem it a powerful aphrodisiac and also claim it is beneficial in treating impotence.
Vanilla has and intoxicating, warm, sensual scent that has been known to captivate everyone from times of the Mayan and Aztec Indians and continues to drawn us in with its perfume in the modern times. It is known to have a euphoric affect on the brain that soothes emotional tension, reduces anxiety, stress and stimulates circulation. It is also said to have different arousing affects on women and men.
Honey is sticky, sweet, and sensuous, honey contains natural sugars that can give you a fast energy boost. It is is rich in B vitamins (needed for testosterone production) as well as boron (helps the body metabolize and use estrogen). In ancient Persia, couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month” — a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they married in order to get in the right frame of mind for a successful marriage.
Rose Oil is sensual and evocative and has been used since ancient times as a favorite ingredient in love potions. The time honored tradition of giving roses to a loved one may have it’s basis in the fact the scent of roses evokes emotions of love, calmness, and lifts depression emotions that block arousal
Pine Nuts have been used to stimulate the libido since Medieval times. Like oysters, they too are high in zinc needed for male vigor and stamina. Pine nuts have been used for centuries to make up love potions.
Figs have a sweet dark flesh with a honey scent, and a unique texture to the tongue. These soft sweet fruits, full of small seeds that has ancient reference with fertility and love. They also full of antioxidants and are the richest sources of calcium, fiber, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium and vitamin K.
Cherries are said to stimulate pheromone production. Plus, they provide potassium which is required for sexual hormone production. There’s an abundance of antioxidants in the little fruits, helping to keep your skin youthfully beautiful and your energy level high!
Apricots are soft little fruits are packed with beauty-enhancing nutrients and beta-carotene – a potent antioxidant. They are also a good source of iron, a key nutrient for fertility in women.
Chocolate in all its deliciousness is always the topic of debate for being true aphrodisiac. From a scientific standpoint, it contains both Serotonin and Phenylethylamine, which are mood-lifting hormones found naturally in the human brain. When we consume chocolate, we increase our normal levels of both, which leads to that feeling of excitement, as well as an increased level of energy and libido. So although chocolate may or may not be a true aphrodisiac, it certainly does have some aphrodisiac properties. After all, it makes us feel good all over — much like being in love!
This Valentine’s, surprise your sweetheart or someone special with an out-of-the-ordinary box of sweets. Each of one of our slender white or red gift boxes come with our five vegan truffles filled with all-natural aphrodisiacs that are sure to impress (and maybe knock some socks off)! However, due to limited offer and quantity, these truffles will exclusively be available by special order till Feb. 13th!!*
To pick up a box just swing by the EnamorMe gift shop in NJ from Feb. 9th – Feb. 14th or at the “Sweets for your Sweet – Food Artisan Market” this Sunday, Feb. 12th in Astoria at The Queens Kickshaw.
*Contact order@savorsweetsilk to place a special or custom order for Valentine’s Day and to arrange delivery, shipment or NYC pickup for your order. Each truffle box is $12 and comes with 5 truffles in your choice of red or white flip box tied in a satin ribbon.