Aztecs to the Rampant Rabbit


“Aztecs were the first to believe chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, they banned women from consuming it.”


Four days to go until the end of lent, although I am not a religious person I decided to give up one of my main vices….Chocolate! As I sit here writing this column I have a huge Cadburys Dairy Milk egg staring at me, making the temptation all the more desirable. Yet I think, would Usain Bolt give up 4 metres before hitting the finish line? No, so neither will Cherie!

Rabbits are prey, so they have to multiply, which leads to lots of little bunnies as their longevity does not span far.

Look at some of the most famous rabbits, Jessica Rabbit, The Cadbury’s Bunny, the Playboy bunny. Why did Hugh Hefner choose the bunny symbol for his magazine? Surely not just for the cute connotation but also the connection, with fertility. At the time of the Greco-Romans, they believed that the flesh of a rabbit was considered an aphrodisiac. To me, the Lindor rabbit is more of an aphrodisiac, which leads me to my favourite vice again…CHOCOLATE


So who says chocolate is bad for us? Research shows that chocolate can enhance our endorphin and serotonin levels as it acts as a mild-antidepressant. Some have even said that chocolate can be an aphrodisiac:


“It comes as no surprise that chocolate is so widely consumed across the world. It has many mood-enhancing and stimulating properties and tastes delicious too. It will serve as a quick pick-me-up, a mood stimulant, and even a confidence booster.” Also recent press would have us believe in small quantities, chocolate will prevent heart-attacks and strokes by one-third.


Allegedly the Aztecs were the first to believe chocolate was an aphrodisiac, they banned women from consuming it. In the 16th Century the Austrian professor Johan Franciscus Rauch tried to ban chocolate from the monasteries as Rauch claimed it supposedly ‘inflamed passions’. It has even been suggested that chocolate can cure a hangover! So there is no excuse for leaving an Easter egg unopened.


The Russian Tzar’s, Alexander III & Nicholas II (obviously not knowing the benefits of chocolate) decided to commission Fabergé eggs – some of the worlds most expensive Easter Eggs. These priceless works of art (of which there are only 42 left from the original 50) have become synonyms of luxury and are considered masterpieces of the jeweller’s art.


“The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give his wife the Empress Maria Fedorovna an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed that the Tsar’s inspiration for the piece was an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Wilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood. Known as the Hen Egg, it is crafted from gold. Its opaque white enamelled ‘shell’ opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multi-coloured gold hen, that also opens. It contains a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended. Unfortunately, these last two surprises have been lost.”


It would probably take more than a win on the euromillions to buy your loved one a Fabergé egg this Easter however I am sure the chocolate versions would be greatly appreciated! If your partner is more of a bunny girl…boys, you’ve all heard of the Rampant Rabbit! ;)


Cherie Bebe



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