• Diane Lawton

how to make the best erotic food snacks

Updated: Jul 31

Forget Viagra. Move over Sheeagra. Let’s take a peek through the keyhole, at the world’s lovers, for natural ways to get naughty and put you in the mood for lurv. I will start in the kitchen.


CELERY AND CARROTS

In ancient Greece, the erect vertical shafts of celery and that suggestive, naughty shaped carrot were perfectly acceptable aphrodisiacs. They called carrots ‘philtron’, which means Aphrodisiac. They knew that celery relaxes the nervous system and dilates the arteries and helps with the natural blood flow. The early Olympians were forbidden to eat carrots, because it diverted their mind from gymnastics to love.


Simmer whole, in boiling water and salt, cool and dip in melted chocolate, make sure that you use the stiff ribs of celery and sturdy, long, slender carrots. Soups make from carrots and celery are just as effective, if less sexy to eat.


GINSENG TEA

To make ginseng tea. Put five slices of ginseng root into a cup. Add boiling water to and let it seep for 5 minutes. Drink the liquid.


In the Far East, ginseng root, as well as the mandrake plant with their similarities to a sloping penis, have been seducing flagging libidos for centuries. It has been known for at least 5,000 years, that ginseng root helps with energy and vitality as well as increasing semen output and providing a strong sex drive.


Lovers

PIGS TROTTERS


In Persia, home of the Karma Sutra, brides and grooms were often fed strong, well-formed pigs trotters, marinated in vinegar, at the wedding feast. Pig trotters are rich in calcium and collagen and help tone the skin and muscles. It’s easy to see why you would get aroused at the site of your lover slurping on a long bone of meat with their fingers, dibbling juice down their face.


KISSING COMFITS


Renaissance apothecaries in Europe stocked herbs and potions to prod sexual drive and to stimulate conjugal pleasures. In mediaeval Venice, sex orientated recipe books were freely available. Anyone could cook up a scintillating dish or potion and enjoy a love tryst.


Kissing Comfits

In Medieval England, Kissing Comfits, made from the roots of sea holly with added sugar were sold in shops as an erotic stimulant. They made a comeback in the 17th century when an apothecary named Robert Burton sold them as a prelude to a bit of rumpy pumpy. They were dyed with natural dyes like cochineal.


That saucy puss, Madame de Pompadour, mistress to ‘Good’ King Louis XV of France used to administer herself with cantharides made from flies. Whispers at the French court warned that the potion could be lethal. She resorted to the trend of celery in her soup, in an effort to keep up with Louis passion and to remain his favourite. Her ladies-des-chambres, procured other stimulating potions of the day for her. Vervain, periwinkle, coriander and valerian. The Marquis de Sade was sentenced to death in 1772 for feeding 2 prostitutes with sugar flavoured cantharides.


Venus

MYRTLE FLOWERS

That voluptuous page three girl of Roman mythology, Venus, has long been associated with Viagra like ingredients. You will never believe what. Flowers. It is said that a stiff drink made from the petals of the myrtle flower, steeped in white wine for 24 hours, can induce erotic feelings of arousal in both sexes. Myrtle flowers have appeared in the posies of most royal weddings, and Queen Victoria grew them in the royal gardens. Myrtle flower concoctions come with a warning. It can turn your urine bright violet.


RICH ALCOHOL INFUSED CAKES

In merry old England, wedding night virgins were often coaxed to drink alcohol sweetened with sugar to calm quaking nerves. This was often enjoyed with a nibble on sweet bread. The custom of an alcoholic rich wedding cake probably derives from the idea. A thick layer of marzipan… also derives from the fact that almonds are considered an aphrodisiac.


Basil plant

BASIL

CHILLI PEPPERS

In certain areas of Mexico, men used to carry basil leaves in their pocket to ensure that their love was reciprocated. Presumably the body language of a man with his hands twiddling in his pockets was erotically arousing.


In early Italian culture, if a girl accepted a proffered sprig of basil, she would supposedly fall in love with the giver. Basil originated in India and when it arrived in Europe, it was considered a sacred herb with known aphrodisiac qualities. Good reasons to pour a liberal sploosh of pesto sauce on everything savoury.


In other parts of Mexico, it was a chilli pepper in his pocket. Ouch. However, it is well known that eating spicy food releases endorphins and adrenalin, elevating mood, and heightening motivation. So when you get hot and sweaty eating chilli and you’re heart is pounding it might remind you of other situations when you felt like that. At least celebrate chilli pepper day on the fourth Thursday in February.


Shakespeare knew a thing or two about the undertones of aphrodisiacs, because Orthello clearly used them on the virginal Desdemona. “… Thou has practisd’ on her with foul charms, Abus’d her delicate youth with drugs or minerals that weaken motion…”


Hot chocolate with ambergris and marshmallows

HOT CHOCOLATE INFUSED WITH AMBERGRI

The sexy French were as inventive about seduction as Viagra advertising, by making erotic movies and inventing words like lingerie and amour. A pre-nuptial drink, shared with your intended, of hot chocolate, fused with ambergris was sure to get both partners in the mood. Perhaps before sloping off to la chambre.


They learned it from the East, from those who brought us the erotic tales of the Arabian nights, that ambre is a powerful aphrodisiac. It was not unusual for a lusty Greek or Roman to die from taking love potions in an effort to flag libidos. Legislation was created with this problem in mind, and death penalties imposed on offenders. The wrong dose could kill or severely injure someone. Similarly, Viagra has a nasty reputation for heart problems.


In every epoch, Lovers have been known to act in undesirable ways, to procure unrequited love. Where potions have failed, we know from books and tv dramas that sympathetic magic has been attempted. Tying two wax images together in suggestive poses and making them perform in erotic ways. It sounds like a psycho-sexual version of Ken and Barbie.



Sex toys

The truth is, humans will never satisfy their craving for this kind of knowledge. Whether your choice is flavoured condoms, sex toys, aphrodisiac foods, erotic movies, dirty-dating or porn websites. Sometimes just telling your partner you’re feeding them a bowl full of aphrodisiacs might be all you need to do. To be honest, I find laughter with your intended is one of the best turn on's in the world.


Tips:

To make the most of the aphrodisiac qualities of carrots and celery they are best cooked whole, al dente, and fed to your lover with your fingers. Dip cooked carrots and celery in 70% dark salted chocolate.


Also, remember that carrots are also used as a carminative, which helps prevent intestinal, gas building up in the gut, by bringing it all out at once. Now that does not sound very aphrodisiac, unless it brings on the giggles.

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