Food and sex are two of our most primal indulgences, so why not combine them? There are plenty of reasons, actually, but bringing a few edibles in between the sheets can also work wonders for your sex life. Wondering which foods are best able to unlock the carnal passion necessary for an extra-special round of lovemaking? We got you.
Bringing chocolate sauce into bed is a dry cleaning bill waiting to happen. Chocolate truffles, however, are pockets of velvety ganache enrobed in a thin chocolate casing. Allow the truffle to melt in your mouth, or break its shell gently with your teeth and let the ganache ooze along your tongue. See where we’re going here? Just be careful you don’t smear them on the sheets. That won’t look good.
There is science behind the truffle’s place in the bedroom, as well. British researchers monitored the brains and heart rates of couples while they kissed passionately or ate chocolate. The brains of both men and women showed greater stimulation while the chocolate melted on their tongues than when their tongues were tied in a passionate kiss.
Try this: Close your eyes. Tell your partner to place a dab of honey somewhere on their body. You can’t open your eyes until you find it – using only your lips and tongue, of course. Take turns until you can’t take it anymore.
There’s just something baller about sharing a bottle of bubbly in bed. The effervescence will tantalize your partner’s tongue. Alternate between sips and kisses. After a glass (or three), pour some down their body and then put yourself on cleanup duty. What kind of bottle to buy? Look for Cava, Prosecco, or traditional Champagne. Just don’t drink too much bubbly or you’ll end up too lightheaded for the main event.
This tropical fruit has an intoxicating aroma that can complement foreplay nicely. The fruit is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, which allows the two of you to feed each other repeated bites.
According to the Oxford Food Companion, a fig is actually a sheath surrounding about 1,500 tiny fruits, which are often thought of as seeds. Sound familiar? As an at-home dinner date comes to a close, preheat your oven to 350°F. Halve a few fresh figs lengthwise, lightly brush them with canola oil, place them on a baking sheet, and bake them until warmed through. It should take about seven minutes. Take the semi-sweet, almost creamy fruits to bed for dessert.
It’s indulgent, luscious, and just the right amount of risky. Place a takeout order for a variety of high-quality sashimi or nigiri (that deep-fried, mayo-covered Godzilla roll isn’t going to make anyone feel sexy). Share a few bites in bed. If you want to take it to another level, you can arrange the sushi on her naked body and go from there, a practice known as nyotaimori.
As a bonus, fatty fish is good for sexual health. The omega-3 fatty acids in oily coldwater fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna helps raise dopamine levels, which triggers arousal.
Ice cream is too heavy to eat before a romp. Opt for this lighter, fresher-tasting dessert, which you can make ahead of time and keep frozen.
They bear a striking resemblance to a certain part of the female anatomy. Their consistency is almost uncomfortably sensual. As long as you can keep cocktail sauce off the sheets, oysters are a slam dunk in the bedroom.
Oysters also contain more zinc than almost any other food, which is believed to enhance the libido by helping with testosterone production. Slurp away.
Yes, you can eat gold! It doesn’t taste like much unless it’s floating in cinnamon schnapps, but that’s not the point. Break out the flakes in bed and scatter a few across your lover. Or place one on the tip of your tongue and go in for a kiss. It’s lavish, sure, but it’s better than rolling around on a pile dirty money.
Not only is a handful of juicy berries inherently sexy, it can also serve a practical purpose in the bedroom. Strawberries are high in the B vitamin folate, which helps prevent birth defects, and vitamin C, a potential libido booster. Blueberries and blackberries contain compounds that are thought to relax blood vessels and improve circulation for a natural Viagra-like effect. They also fit conveniently in your partner’s belly button.
Homemade Whipped Cream
Squirting aerosol-aided whipped cream over body parts: lame. Making your own whipped cream by hand: hot. The homemade stuff is lighter, fluffier, and tastes better than the super-sweet stuff. To make it, place a metal bowl inside a large bowl filled with ice. Fill the metal bowl with 2 cups of heavy cream and whisk until the cream thickens. It should take about 10 minutes. Yes, it requires a little elbow grease, but isn’t your date worth it? (Plus, you can do this ahead of time and chill it in the fridge.)
OK, admittedly, this one’s a bit over-the-top, but think about it: A thick hunk of seared steak, its juices dribbling down your chin after an especially tender bite. George Constanza may have had a point when he tried bringing a pastrami sandwich into bed. Savory is just as sexy as sweet. Maybe he just had the wrong dish?
Lean cuts of steak are also great sources of zinc, a mineral that curbs production of a hormone called prolactin, which at high levels can cause sexual dysfunction. Zinc is also believed to help increase the libido by increasing testosterone production.