The Japanese tradition of giving chocolate to the boys you really fancy especially occurs on Valentine’s Day. Often the girls make the chocolates themselves. And apparently cocoa isn’t the only ingredient added with love. Also menstrual blood, spit and hair are used in the making of those chocolates. At least according to the website Naver Matome. This resulted in over 15,000 retweets and 200,000 views.
Fingernails and blood
The reactions show that this isn’t a hoax. The girls really believe that honmei choco with a secret ingredient results in a reciprocated and lifelong love. Naturally, this belief isn’t new. Already for centuries things thought to have special powers, such as fingernails, hair and (menstrual) blood, are used in witchcraft and voodoo rituals. Enjoy your chocolate!