Do women really go crazy for chocolate? Cristen and Caroline unpack the old stereotype of women's chocolate obsessions, one of advertising's greatest confections.

Episode sources:

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"Chocolate Cravings and PMS" by Go Ask Alice. Updated May 17, 2013. Columbia University.

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Academic insights:

"Beyond Cravings: Gender and Class Desires in Chocolate Marketing" by Jamal Fahim. 2010. Occidental College.

"Chocolate and women's health: An intriguing correlation" by Salonia, A. et al. May 2006. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

"Chocolate and Cheese: Their Effects on Mood" by Valerie Gross and Joanne D Altman. Washburn University. May 29, 2009. Association for Psychological Science.

"From Romance to PMS: Images of Women and Chocolate in 20th-c. America" by Kathleen Banks Nutter. Excerpted from "Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning." 2008. SUNY Press.

Topics in this Podcast: Valentine's Day, sugar, Food