We all know it as the day when sweethearts see life through rose-colored glasses. From its interesting origins to its modern day commercial traditions, here are ten facts you may not have known about Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day dates back centuries to the time when Emperor Claudius II denied Roman men the right to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his orders and performed secret services for couples who wished to marry. Valentine was jailed by the Emperor; while in prison, he wrote a pleading letter and signed it “from your Valentine.”
About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
Whether you’re a scorned lover or prefer the idea of solitude, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day, an alternative holiday held annually on February 14.
In the 1800s, physicians commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm headaches, pains, or depression.
The first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates was produced by Richard Cadbury in the late 1800s.
On February 14, more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold.
Roses first gained recognition as a sign of love in Roman mythology. Roman weddings typically included bouquets of myrtle and roses, as the flowers were a favorite of Venus, the goddess of love.
189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
Every Valentine’s Day, a thousand love letters are sent to a particular street in the Italian city of Verona Each letter is answered by a group of volunteers known as the Secretaries of Juliet.
Wockenfuss has a wide selection of Valentine’s Day chocolates and candies. You can purchase a classic heart-shaped box of gourmet chocolates or a set of milk chocolate Valentine gifts for your sweetheart! Or if you want to celebrate the Finnish version of Valentine’s Day, Friend’s Day, show them you care with a bag of Valentine Gummi Bears.
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH WOCKENFUSS
Since 1915, Wockenfuss has been a family owned and operated business creating the finest confections in Baltimore, Maryland. With our nine convenient locations throughout Maryland, there is sure to be a Wockenfuss store near you. Come visit us to see our selection of winter favorites such as our Valentine Chocolates and Gourmet Truffles.
We’d be happy to help you select the perfect sweet treat, whether for you or as a gift for a loved one. If you have any questions about our sweet seasonal candies, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling us at 1-800-296-4414 or emailing info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest too!