If anyone knows the connection between romance and chocolate, it’s Mike Cross.
“Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine,” says Cross. “It’s the same chemical your brain pumps out when you first start to feel attracted to someone, that jittery, excited, can’t-wait-to-see-them feeling.”
Cross, 33, of Atkinson, N.H., who has a doctorate in chemistry and teaches it at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, has chocolate down to a science.
He shares the hard facts — and as a chocolate lover himself, much more — in “Chocolate: The Perfect Drug,” which he presents around the region through the college’s speakers bureau. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
For more on Mike Cross’s presentation, visit necc.mass.edu/community-engagement/speakers-bureau.