Get an early taste of Valentine’s Day in Monroe’s annual Chocolate Walk

 This year again Downtown Monroe merchants are offering residents the opportunity to take a Chocolate Walk through town to explore the Valentine magic of chocolate. You’re inviting to experience an “evening of shopping, dining, and chocolate in Downtown Monroe!  Stroll the beautiful streets,  visit your favorite stores, listen to live music and sample chocolate provided by our local business owners,” Monroe Downtown noted on its website. The Walk begins at the Monroe Visitor’s Center at 205 S Broadstreet. You will have the opportunity to stop by the Monroe Center for the Arts and view some local art and get a look at some unique gifts in the Gift Shop. Make sure you go to the Visitor’s Center first to get your goody bag (to take home any uneaten chocolate) and a map of participating businesses.

What better way to prepare for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, something synonymous with chocolates for centuries.

According to Majesticgardens.com, the Aztec were the first to believe chocolate had love inducing properties. Casanova, said to be the “world’s greatest lover” was said to drink chocolate daily. Science reportedly agrees that chemicals released by chocolate increase excitement and energy – in a positive way. This science is reflected in the number of chocolates sold in stores on Valentine’s Day – and supposedly in the chocolates supplied by merchants in downtown Monroe.

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