By Rosie O’Regan
For centuries, aspiring Casanovas have viewed certain foods as aphrodisiacs used to spice up the mood. From chocolate to oysters, and everything in between, FoodtoEat has done some sleuthing to uncover the effect that these so-called sexy foods can have on your love life. We are proud to present our list of the Top 10 Sexiest Foods Under $10. Listed in order of price, these romance-inducing treats range from “adding an extra spring in your step” to “splurging on an all-you-can-eat love buffet”.
1. Almond Stick ($2.66) from Pie Face
Treat yourself and your loved one to a buttery pastry filled with almonds and custard.
Aphrodisiac Level: Almonds are rich in zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, which are important minerals that boost sexual health and reproduction.
Sexy Level: Accidentally getting shocked from brushing past a stranger—it’s electric!
2. Orange Cranberry Scone ($3.50) from The Squeeze
This organic and gluten-free citrus scone is bound to have you starting your morning off right.
Aphrodisiac Level: Citrusy fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid, which are consequentially essential for men’s reproductive health.
Sexy Level: Sharing a coy look across a crowded room.
3. Vodka Slice ($5) from Valducci’s Original Pizza Truck
We’re counting this decadent combination of vodka, crushed tomatoes, cheese and bread as alcohol because it’s sure to make you feel drunk on love.
Aphrodisiac Level: Imbibing in moderation is known to relax and lower your inhibitions. Alcohol has the added benefits of raising HDL “good” cholesterol and reducing the chance of blood clots. Just don’t over do it—no one wants to be the one with the messy date!
Sexy Level: Scoring that cute guy or girl’s number from the bar.
4. Takoyaki (Fried Octopus Balls in Batter) ($6) from Okadaman
Oysters are the most commonly praised seafood aphrodisiac, but we much prefer this Japanese-style fried octopus dish to set the mood.
Aphrodisiac Level: Seafood contains libido-boosting zinc and oily fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are needed to maintain a healthy heart.
Sexy Level: First date movie night…watching Shame with Michael Fassbender.
5. Le Triomphe Crepe ($6) from The Crepes Truck
Chocolate-covered strawberries are undoubtedly clichéd…switch things up with this decadent crepe containing strawberries, nutella and bananas—oh my!
Aphrodisiac Level: Throughout history chocolate has been thought to hold romantic properties, and while not an actual aphrodisiac, it does contain phenylethylamine, tryptophan, and serotonin—substances thought to enhance both sexual arousal and the feeling of falling in love.
Sexy Level: Having them cook your favorite meal.
6. 305 Rib-Eye Steak Pressed Sandwich ($7) from Miami Food Machine
If you’re feeling ravenous for romance, try this hand-pressed sandwich with thin sliced rib-eye steak sautéed with garlic, herbs, and chili flakes with chimichurri.
Aphrodisiac Level: Steak is loaded with zinc and iron which is believed to enhance your sex drive. It’s also a healthy source of protein and B vitamins which will leave you completely sated. Plus, the sound of sizzling steak just screams passion.
Sexy Level: Making out in the rain, The Notebook-style.
7. Spicy Seared Pork (3 for $7) from Kimchi Taco
Rubbed with Korean spices, marinated with red pepper paste, and topped with pico de gallo and fresh kimchi, this pork tenderloin is guaranteed to get you going.
Aphrodisiac Level: Spicy foods are believed to be an aphrodisiac because they mimic signs of arousal by increasing your heart rate and making you sweat.
Sexy Level: Shopping for lingerie for your significant other.
8. Ginger Chicken Tacos (3 for $7) from Big D’s Grub Truck
In order to set the mood, choose to fill your grinder sandwich with tender chicken mixed with ginger sauce and served with fresh cilantro.
Aphrodisiac Level: Ginger’s most important romantic property is its ability to increase circulation and increase sensitivity in the erogenous zones.
Sexy Level: Indulging in a candlelit bubble bath.
9. Tacos, Quesadilla, or Burrito with Avocado Delight Sauce ($9) from Taco Bite
Top off your dish with the truly delightful Avocado Delight Sauce. It’s a great alternative to standard guacamole and is sure to sink your mind straight into the gutter.
Aphrodisiac Level: Being rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat makes avocados great for your heart and your arteries. Not too sexy, right? Wrong. Anything that keeps the heart strong keeps the blood flowing…to all the right places.
Sexy Level: Rose petals strewn across your bedspread.
10. Sweet Chili Chicken ($9) from Sweet Chili
Feeling really bold? Ignite your passion with chicken topped with house sweet chili, tamarind, and scallions. It’s a surefire way to sate your food cravings and rev up some cravings of a different nature.
Aphrodisiac Level: The hot capsaicin in chilis is also believed to heat up your sex life; capsaicin stimulates nerve endings, increases heart rate, and triggers the release of endorphins, giving you a natural high.
Sexy Level: Let’s just say that you’ll be going aallll the way…
So there you have it, our list of scandalously scintillating under $10 dishes that put the “food” in foodporn.
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