This Chocolate Potion Features Phenylethylamine — Our Body's Natural 'Love Drug'

Contributing Food Editor By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.

Photo by Nataša Mandić

Our editors have independently chosen the products listed on this page. If you purchase something mentioned in this article, we may earn a small commission.

If you’re wondering how to boost the love in your relationship or call new love into your life, look no further than cacao elixir, excerpted from Tonic by Tanita de Ruijt. The secret? A compound called phenylethylamine. “Also known as ‘the love drug,’ phenylethylamine triggers a degree of excitement, quickens the heart rate, and arouses feelings similar to those of being in love,” explains de Rujit. “Another neurotransmitter, serotonin, lifts your mood.” With a spicy, exciting flavor drawing on inspiration from Mexican hot chocolate, your palate will certainly be excited—with potentially more to follow.  

Aphrodisiac Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe

Serves 2

This spicy hot chocolate recipe takes things to another level, with a few warming metabolism- and immunity-boosting spices. Cayenne pepper and cinnamon help boost the healing and "happiness" properties of the cacao and balance out blood sugar levels.


  • 230 mL (7¾ fl. oz.) coconut milk
  • 230 mL (7¾ fl. oz.) just-boiled water
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 4 squares of your favorite dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • coconut sugar or honey, to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients (except your sweetener) to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking, until thoroughly melted and mixed together, then remove from the heat.
  2. Add your chosen sweetener, to taste, then pour into 2 mugs to serve.

Based on excerpts from Tonic by Tanita de Ruijt, with the permission of Hardie Grant. Copyright © 2018.

And are you ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health? Register now for our FREE web class with nutrition expert Kelly LeVeque.

More On This Topic

The Ultimate Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition
More Food

Popular Stories

Latest Articles

Latest Articles

Sites We Love

Your article and new folder have been saved!