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In this month’s box, we’re featuring Ghirardelli’s gooey milk chocolate and caramel squares. And let us just say: It involved a lot of hard work by the entire Birchbox team. In addition to rigorous taste testing, we did a little digging into the history of this sweet treat—and ever since we learned that it’s technically a superfood, we’re indulging guilt-free. Here, a look back at chocolate through the ages.
600 B.C.E. The Olmecs, an ancient tribe from the tropical lowlands of South Central Mexico, are the first to domesticate the plant—and to give it a name: kakawa.
300-900 C.E. The ancient Mayans elevate cacao to cult status. The cacao tree plays a significant role in their creation story and the beans, ground into a paste and mixed with chilies, spices, and water, are thought to have restorative, mood-boosting properties.
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Valentine’s Day is all about love (and chocolate and flowers and overpriced prix fixe dinners). But there’s no rule that says this Hallmark holiday is just for couples. We tapped Jessica Dang, the singleton blogger behind Single Girl Dinner, for her favorite solo pursuits to stave off the Valentine’s Day blues.
1. Give yourself an at-home facial.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel is a simple, two-step treatment that will give you glowing, dewy skin in five minutes flat. Wipe your face with the pre-soaked pads, pour yourself a glass of wine and wait while the cocktail of glycolic, lactic, malic, and citric acids, healing green tea and chamomile extracts, and antioxidant-rich vitamins does its thing. Win!