This Isn't Just a Normal Box of Candy — It Teaches a Lesson About Toxic Relationships
"Can a chocolate teach you how to love better?" That's the question behind the One Love Foundation's latest campaign, and after learning more about the powerful initiative, your answer to that question just might be yes.
One Love launched in 2012 in honor of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old college student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Her family started the foundation to educate young people about the signs of relationship abuse so that others don't share Yeardley's unfortunate fate. This year, the organization debuted its second annual #LoveBetter campaign, using a seemingly normal box of Valentine's Day candies to spark a conversation about what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships.
The container of confections features eight treats with custom-made flavors — four represent positive relationship behaviors, while the others symbolize negative ones. For example, sabotage comes to life in the form of a hot pepper preserve-infused chocolate, whereas a candy filled with half sunflower butter and half jelly is meant to denote equality. A tasty treat with an important message about love? We're definitely on board with that!
The #LoveBetter box of chocolates unfortunately isn't available for purchase, but you can enter a contest on the foundation's Instagram to win one of the 20 boxes it's giving away to social media followers. Take an up-close look at the candies ahead to learn about the various relationship characteristics they represent.