Sweet on Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we’re getting pretty excited for one of our favorite things about this holiday: chocolate.

THE HISTORY. Before chocolate become the treat we know and love, Mayan and Aztec cultures revered the cacao bean, incorporating it into various rituals because of its perceived magical powers. Chocolate didn’t become sweet until European explorers added vanilla and sugar, making the treat widely popular. Originally consumed exclusively as a drink, shops began to sell eating candies like the ones we eat today in the mid-1800s.

THE BEAN. Cacao beans themselves are found inside oval-shaped pods that hang from the cacao tree which is native to South America. The cacao “pod” has a leathery exterior and is filled with a creamy sweet pulp mixture. Within the pulp there are seeds that are extracted, fermented and dried. There are three types of cacao trees, and the seed varieties range in value and taste.

THE FACTS. Turns out Americans love chocolate—nearly half of the world’s supply is consumed by the US. An average cacao pod has 40 seeds, and it takes up to 1,000 seeds to produce 1 kilogram of chocolate (which is approximately 30 candy bars). Today, nearly 70% of the world’s cacao trees are located in West Africa. Annually, the world produces over 4.5 million tons of cacao beans.

THE HEALTH. Chocolate is rich in flavonoids and procyanidins, which are antioxidants associated with lowering risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. According to a study done by Harvard’s medical school, health benefits linked to the consumption of chocolate may even extend into the realms of learning and memory retention.

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This Valentine’s Day: Your Night of Romance Starts at Boulder Cork

Valentine’s Day: Your Night of Romance Starts at Boulder CorkStart Valentine’s Day off right with a perennial local favorite, the Boulder Cork’s prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner.

It doesn’t get any more romantic than Boulder Cork. With our soft lighting, rustic ambiance and impeccable service, time slips away, allowing you to focus on what matters most—the person across the table.

Then, there’s our incredible three-course Valentine’s Day menu, featuring a variety of indulgent favorites like our Slow Roasted All Natural Prime Rib of Beef, Sake-Marinated Salmon, Filet Oscar with king crab meat, and special house-made desserts including crème brûlée, cheesecake with whipped cream and berries, and Italian affogato with Glacier ice cream.

And, of course, what’s Valentine’s Day without world-class chilled champagne? We’re always well-stocked with a variety of sparkling favorites, including 2004 Dom Perignon Millesime and Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé Grand Cru out of the historic Champagne province in France, Borgoluce Prosecco di Valdobbiadene from Veneto, Italy and Gruet Blanc de Noir, a New World wine out of Engle, New Mexico.

The Cork’s prix fixe Valentine’s dinner represents excellence and exceptional value. Chef Jim’s 30+ years of experience shines as he crafts a three-course dinner made from the highest-quality local ingredients. His varied menu offers an array of elegant selections, with something for even the most discriminating palates. Personal attention is of course always included.

The Cork’s Valentine’s Day dinner sets just the right tone for the rest of your evening. Wherever you head next, there’s simply no better way to start this special night.

Please contact us for Valentine’s Day reservations; we recommend contacting us at least one week in advance. Brindiamo all’amore!