I love Valentines Day! The second I realize it's coming I plan a bunch of recipes and get excited about all things pink and red. I'm am uber dork and a hopeless romantic at heart. I've watched Love Story more times than I can count and Breakfast At Tiffany's is at the top of the greatest movies ever made list for me. Love Actually is on in our house every year around Christmas time and the thought of being someone's Daisy sends me over the moon! Bonus points if you got the last reference.
I love all holidays actually, the thought of spending times with loved ones and giving out gifts is so fun to me! I remember working in retail when I was nineteen years old and watching all of the guys surprise their girlfriends at work with roses and candy on Valentines Day. It always made me gush and happy that people still find this holiday fun.
Most people don't know this, but Valentines Day isn't just an "American holiday and an excuse to buy your loved one something." Valentines Day dates back to the Roman's and actually has quite the brutal history to it. When I wrote for my college newspaper I did an entire article on the history of Valentines Day. Did you know that Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome in 269 A.D.? Emperor Claudius 11 had biased beliefs about young men who had to fight in the war. Claudius decided it would be better to not have men fight who did have wives and families so he outlawed marriage for soldiers. Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages between young lovers in secret. Once Claudius found out about Valentine's actions he sentenced him to be put to death. I won't get into detail on that because it's pretty bad, but that is just one of the legends of Saint Valentines Day. Up until Saint Valentine's death sentence, the jailor's daughter would visit Valentine and their love affair lasted until February 14th. Before he died he wrote and signed a letter, "From your Valentine."
So there is a certain romance to Valentines Day, but overall the history of it is pretty gruesome. After many years though Pope Gelasius made Valentines Day an official holiday. Years later, Valentines Day cards were introduced in America in the 1840's.
Despite Saint Valentine's Day history, I still have a fondness for it, which is why I've come up with a fun recipe for you! Pink Hot Chocolate! It's super easy to make and delicious to drink. I hope you guys enjoy this. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think. You can purchase all Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides here.