When a theologian in the West in 1624 condemned the consumption of chocolate in religious houses because of its 'excitable effect', this led to stories about chocolate being an aphrodisiac.

   It was the custom of the famous courtesan, Madame du Barry, to serve a hot and foaming cup of chocolate to her numerous yearning lovers.

   The Marquis de Sade offered chocolate pastilles filled with "Spanish fly" to the participants of his orgies. And Madame de Pompadour indulged too freely in the consumption of chocolate to "warm up her blood", after Louis XV proclaimed that she was frigid.

   The Aztec emperor Montezuma was the first to recognise the titillating qualities of chocolate. Cocoa had the same effect as its modern equivalent Viagra! Experts believe that he drank cocoa to gain easy access to women.