Be Seduced by the History of Godiva this Valentine's Day

Godiva is the continental Casanova that has been winning hearts since 1926  

In partnership with: Godiva

Not all confectionary is made equal this Valentine's Day. If you're going to give chocolates, make it a beautifully presented box, steeped in passion and history

Every Valentine's Day, Godiva boutiques dip approximately 16,000 strawberries per hour. That's a lot of people on an aphrodisiac. The original recipe for sweet success is closely guarded (known only to a handful of Godiva's chocolatiers) though it's no secret that the Belgian behemoth creates handcrafted gourmet chocolates in chic shell-molded designs. 

The story of Godiva dates back to 1926, when Joseph Draps opened his first shop on a cobblestone street in Brussels. The chocolatier needed a name for his sophisticated confections: a moniker which would evoke passion, luxury and elegance. Enter Lady Godiva; wife of Lord Leofric, one of the most powerful noblemen in 11th century England. Lady Godiva famously rode through the streets of Coventry, "clad in nought" in order to remit the tolls placed upon her town. Her act of self-sacrifice gained the love of her townspeople, and Joseph Draps sought to do the same with his chocolates. 

Joseph Draps

 The first Godiva chocolate shop in Brussels, 1926

By 1948, Godiva had become so popular in Brussels that Draps enlisted the help of his family to produce and package his covetable confections. Cocoa was clearly something that ran in the family blood; Draps' children, Joseph and Yvonne, followed in his footsteps, growing the small residence into the renowned, global business that it is today. In London, Godiva boasts standalone boutiques in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf, as well as a handsome concession in Harrods.

The caricature of Lady Godiva on horseback can be seen on many of Godiva's perfectly formed creations. Since 1968, Godiva has been the official chocolatier to the Royal Court of Belgium, and continues to honour Draps' commitment to luscious, handcrafted excellence. 

Valentine's Day Delights 

For the Lady Godiva or Lord Leofric in your life, the Belgian confectioner has created a special range of dashing chocolate boxes for Valentine's Day. Whether you're going all-out for date night or keeping things low key, make sure you kick off proceedings with a beautifully presented box of Belgian history. 

Valentine's Heart Shaped Chocolate Gift Box of 12 Chocolates  

This heart-shaped chocolate box is elegantly illustrated by artist Steve Tolleson. Inside, find 12 limited-edition chocolates shaped like dainty cupcakes. Flavours include the Chocolat Blanc à la Fraise, a sexy strawberry ganache in a white chocolate cup, crowned by a light strawberry swirl. 

£20, godivachocolates.co.uk

Valentine's decorated Gold Collection Box Of 24 Chocolates

Voluptuous pralines, coy caramels and tantalising truffles abound in this generous Gold Collection selection of 24 chocolates, housed in a regal gold box. 

£32, godivachocolates.co.uk

Valentine’s Day Luxury Heart Fabric Heart Assortment

This beautifully decorated, keepsake fabric heart contains 13 soft-centred chocolates from Godiva's signature collection. Our personal favourite is the flirtatious Mielodie, a creamy white chocolate shell that gently melts on the tongue to give way to a delightful sweet and salty almond praliné.

£45, godivachocolates.co.uk