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.
Take a look at the menu, where there’s even more for you to taste
Even if the rich taste of cocoa butter is best savored in bars, truffles and pralines, other desserts containing the Belgian delight are so worth trying!
Restaurants and street food stands will surprise you with chocolate waffles, chocolate cheesecake, brownies and chocolate tarts. When combined with other rich flavors, Belgian chocolate gets a brand new attitude. Fruits, dairy, wheat and other mouth-watering ingredients compliment and set off the chocolate’s rich taste which blends so well together with its appetizing friends. Cravings, cravings everywhere!
Don’t ignore the drinks, either! Once you’ve had a cup of Belgian hot chocolate, your life will never be the same again.
Cities like Brussels, Bruges, or Antwerp can fill your entire trip with – surprise! – chocolate-related activities. Dedicated museums, live demonstrations, workshops, fairs, tours, factories – all of these places and happenings are bringing a tribute to the world’s favorite dessert. Try seeing and doing as many as possible; besides tasting, you’ll also learn a lot of interesting things.
Chocolate is one of the country’s main economical parts and Belgians certainly know how to entertain their tourists with plenty of chocolate-filled pursuits. So let them entertain you! Belgium is a chocolate sanctuary and you have to take sweet advantage of this.