While doing research on the origins of Valentine's Day, you're likely to run across a LOT of theories about which St. Valentine is the real St. Valentine. With roots in both Christianity and Roman history, Valentine's Day can be a complex holiday to unpack! We want to bring you just one of those theories today as a trivia tidbit to impress your V-date this weekend:)
At one point in the 3rd century, Roman Emperor Claudius II disallowed men from marrying because he believed men with wives and families didn't make the best soldiers. St. Valentine continued to perform marriage ceremonies under the radar and was subsequently put to death for his treason. He represents just one of the martyrs named by the Catholic church who could have inspired the holiday we associate with romance.
Want to show someone with a sweet tooth that you care? Don't forget to order your Sweetheart Raspberry Lemon Cake for Valentine's Day while it's still available.