It’s so easy to shop for your intended on Valentine’s Day. A box of chocolates and a bouquet of red roses are perfect gifts, every year.
This got us to wondering: just how much chocolate will be eaten this weekend? How many roses will be gracing dining room tables? And how did this tradition get started in the first place?
As Cupid sharpens his heart-shaped arrows on this day of love and romance, we hope you’ll test your knowledge of Valentine’s Day fun facts with our quiz below. You can post your results on Facebook or Twitter.
“Mysterii Paschalis” entry in Wikipedia on Pope Paul VI’s reorganization of the liturgical year and calendar.
Catholic.org, “St. Valentine.”
Epilepsy.org, “St. Valentine and other patron saits of epilepsy.”
WebMD.com, “Aphrodisiacs: Better Sex or Just Bunk?” reviewed by Charlotte E. Grayson Mathis, MD.
io9.gizmodo.com, “Why Spanish Fly works on men. And is deadly,” by Esther Inglis-Arkell at io9.gizmodo.com.
Smithsonianmag.com, “How Chocolate and Valentine’s Day Mated for Life.”
Chocolate consumption figures from Confectionarynews.com, using Euromonitor International’s 2014 per capita consumption data.
Chocolate candy manufacturing data from Confectionarynews.com, using Candy Industry’s Jan. 2016 ranking by net confectionary sales values in 2015.
Flower purchasing data from aboutflowers.com, using 2015 estimates from the National Retail Federation, the 2005 IPSOS-Insight Floral Trends Consumer Tracking Study and eNation National On-Line Research, 2015.
Smithsonianmag.com, “The History of Sweetheart Candies,” by Annette Foglino, 2011.