Valentine's Day Dinner: Good & Plenty And Banana Nut Bread?

04/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's soon to be Valentine's Day, which means candlelit dinners and heart-shaped boxes of bonbons, but you might be surprised which foods will get you in the mood to get it on. According to the New York Times:

In one small experiment on sexual response to food scents, vaginal and penile blood flow was measured in 31 men and women who wore masks emitting various food aromas. This was the study that found men susceptible to the scent of doughnuts mingled with licorice. For women, first place for most arousing was a tie between baby powder and the combination of Good & Plenty candy with cucumber. Coming in second was a combination of Good & Plenty and banana nut bread.

Chili peppers, avocados, saffron, mint and vanilla can also help get the juices flowing. As can wine, of course, however a little too much might impact your performance between the sheets.

But how about chocolate, the well-reputed aphrodisiac?

One widely cited study showed that a 130-pound person would have to eat 25 pounds of chocolate in one sitting to significantly alter the mood.

There's something about 25 pounds of chocolate that's a total turn-off.

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