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The Statesman’s Top 10 sexiest foods to spice up your life

Dongyue Li throws an orange during the 2023 “Sex and Relations” photoshoot. Clementines are one of several foods The Statesman editors named among the sexiest. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Food. Diverse in its ability to create, share and savor. Food is romance served on a platter for us to share with those we love, or for us to show love to ourselves. So, for our “Sex and Relationships” special issue, we asked The Statesman editors their take on the “sexiest foods.” Below is a non-exhaustive list of our top 10 favorites. 

  1. Chocolate-covered Strawberries

A classic delicacy. The sound of the smooth chocolate shell cracking to reveal a beautiful, juicy burst of flavor. Chocolate-covered strawberries are the pinnacle of sex, romance and pleasure. They’re a staple of Valentine’s Day, easily the first dessert you see one lover feed another. There was no other perfect choice to top our list of sexiest foods. 

2. Red Wine

Cabernet. Pinot Noir. Merlot. Red wine is the epitome of sophistication, fittingly paired with a candlelight dinner or night in bed with a partner. It’s no wonder that red wine works as a natural lipstick — it’s a classic for any romantic excursion. 

3. Sushi

Creamy. Crunchy. Umami. Its small circular shape, picked up with a pair of chopsticks, or just your fingers, creates an intimate aura. Perfect to share with another, perfect to eat on any romantic occasion … and off anything. 

4. Biscuits and Gravy

A southern delicacy. A smooth, buttery bread paired with thick, flavorful white sauce. The juxtaposition of flavor and texture makes for a classic morning-after food.

5. Oysters

An oyster’s slick, smooth texture oozes sensuality unlike any other substance. Oysters are an aphrodisiac: a family of substances claiming to increase sexual instinct, behavior and pleasure. Aptly named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love, aphrodisiacs also include pomegranates, honey, dark chocolate and coffee. 

6. Cherries

Pull off the stem. Pop it in your mouth. Take a bite and let the tangy, sweet taste pleasure your tongue. Allow yourself to reveal the pit, the core of the experience. Spit it out or swallow — your choice. 

7. York Peppermint Patties

Dark chocolate and peppermint: a match made in heaven. A chocolate shell covering soft, creamy peppermint, creating a tingling sensation in the mouth and releasing a feeling of pure euphoria. They’re the ideal snack to throw in the freezer and enjoy at night, whether it be alone in front of the television or shared with a lover.

8. Clementines

Peel back the thick, textured layers. Reveal the flesh and pulp that awaits you. Pull it apart, and pop a piece in your mouth. Feel the tangy, citrus flavor envelop your tastebuds. Clementines make you do the work, but in the end, isn’t that moment of surprise when you reach the climax worth it?

9. Whipped Cream

Fluffy. Light. Voluptuous. Perfect on any dessert, from a warm apple pie to a cold ice cream cone. Perfect to stick your tongue in. Perfect to scoop up with your finger and swipe across your partner. Simply put, the perfect addition to any romantic endeavor. 

10. Fettuccine Alfredo 

Thick, creamy and flavorful. A staple Italian dish, seeped in romanticism. Exquisite for sharing an intimate moment with another over a candlelit dinner. While heavy in nature, it’s the best way to get a romantic night started, or bring it to the next level.

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