Belgian Chocolate: An endearing legacy
If there was a World Cup of chocolate tomorrow the chances are Belgium would win. They would certainly make the final anyway along with Switzerland I believe. Quite simply that is because Belgian Chocolate is synonymous with quality.
The entire industry of luxury, gourmet chocolate seems to centre around Belgium and Belgian companies. With plenty of award winning quality purveyors out there including Neuhaus, Godiva, Leonidas and Guylian who have brought their products onto the world stage.
More importantly the perception of Belgian Chocolate seems to be one of a uniform standard of excellence. A friend of mine once said it is impossible to find a bad Belgian couverture chocolate. I would have to agree. Even their own, branded varieties, that supermarkets produce, actually taste quite good too!
One of my best gastronomic experiences was when I spent a lovely afternoon in the main town centre of Bruges eating a selection of delicious chocolates. I had bought from one of the many great chocolatier shops that line the backstreets.
To this day, every time I eat a Belgian Chocolate my memories take me back to this experience.
About Belgian Chocolate
When people talk about Belgian Chocolate what they are actually referring to are Pralines.
They were invented by noted Belgian Chocolatier Jean Neuhaus II in 1912. He made a chocolate shell that could be filled with a cream or nut paste.
Over the years pralines have been modified to resemble a whole raft of shapes. These include hearts, horseshoes, tulips, sea shells and diamonds. The fillings now also include everything from butter, liquor, nuts and marzipan to fruit and even with various kinds of chocolate.
As good as his pralines were, they were also very delicate too. So Neuhaus soon realised the need to also produce packaging to protect them from damage. After several prototypes, and re-visits to the drawing board, he eventually came up with a solution to the problem.
A rectangular box that offered much more protection to the chocolates than the previous method of wrapping them in a small cone-shaped paper bag.
As the design of the ballotin improved over the years to better reflect the quality of the goods inside more and more people began to see the boxed item as a great gift item.
Today thousands of people around the world give boxed Belgian Chocolates as a gift. Usually for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Christmas presents. They are also now a popular choice of corporate gifts too.
In Australia Belgian Chocolate Pralines are often used as part of a gourmet candy buffet at weddings and events.
Some hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have also started giving Belgian made chocolates in various forms of packaging as a thank you to customers for their service.
Anyone who has ever tasted a really good praline will quickly know why.
Want To Buy Some Belgian Chocolate Online?
At Moo-Lolly-Bar we offer a wide range of quality Belgian Chocolates.
These include a full range of milk, dark and white chocolate assorted flavours. As well as pralines and truffles too.
You can buy all of these chocolates in bulk boxes. Either as a single flavour or mixed box.
Made to order by a Gold Coast based Belgian family business of chocolatiers. The company have been making the best Belgian Chocolate you can buy in South East Queensland for over 25 years.