Think about the yummy land you saw in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you ever want to visit a magical, candy-filled place just like Willy Wonka’s factory, just go to Belgium! Fountains of chocolate, truffles and pralines — small refined masterpieces lure you from hundreds of elegant stores. Belgium produces over 172,000 tonnes of fine chocolate every year. And half of it is handmade by skilled, famous chocolatiers. A true art, indeed!
While we couldn’t track down Willy Wonka to guide you this time, we do have my choco-fanatic self, who has been told to be a highly experienced chocolate connoisseur. Here are some priceless pieces of advice to consider for your Belgian chocolate adventure:
Try as much chocolate as you can
A little bite here, a little bite there. If you’re reading this, you’re definitely qualified to taste huge amounts of chocolate. Am I right, or am I right? Wink, wink!
From the finest assortments, to the less outstanding (but still delicious) bars you’ll find in supermarkets (be careful and keep an eye out for the Belgian brands waving at you from the shelves), there’s a wide range of options for you to choose from. And the best way to find out more about as many types of chocolate as possible is by – good news – tasting them. Tough job, I know!
You’ll notice that Belgian chocolate comes in distinguished shapes and packaging. And while specialised chocolate stores give you the chance to buy the amount of sweetness you want (from a tiny bite to a big piece), other stores offer you the standard sized bars.
Wrappings are pretty different and eye catching from one brand to another – and interesting enough to convince any choco-fan to think about starting a serious collection. Yes, I feel the yummy guiltiness here.
Don’t forget to bring home some choco-souvenirs, either. Your dear ones deserve to taste a piece of this heavenly dessert.