Belgian chocolate at its best
Belgium is known for having some of the best chocolate in the world. As you learn more about the world of chocolate, you learn that there really is no such thing as Belgian chocolate as no cocoa is grown in Belgium. There is plenty of fantastic Belgian-made chocolate, and in this post, I’ll introduce you to a couple of Belgium’s finest chocolatiers.
a search for the best belgian chocolate
Prior to 2013, a chocolate expedition to Belgium best began at La Maison des Maitres Chocolatiers, a wonderful shop located right in the Grand Place of Brussels which featured the chocolate products of 10 of Belgium’s best. The idea behind this inspirational place of chocolate was to introduce you to selected offerings from a variety of Belgian chocolatiers, saving you time and effort. I’ve learned that La Maison has now closed, so if you’ve only got a short amount of time to make your chocolate discoveries, another place to consider is Planète Chocolat, located near the Grand Place, where you’ll see chocolate demonstrations and have the opportunity to taste a selection of chocolate to help you find your favourite.
Upbeat and enthusiastic Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier has a strong connection to Asia, as he lived in China for two years. He takes great pride in the purity of his chocolates, with no added sugar, butter, alcohol or preservatives and offers a terrific selection of exotic fruit such as Egyptian prunes, figs from Turkey and South African apricots that are happily covered in thick dark chocolate. Gerbaud has a lovely new shop in Brussels which is definitely worth a visit.
Edouard Bechoux of of Florenville, Belgium, has more of a reserved nature, but he is equally creative, and started his culinary training at the young age of 14. He spent several years living in Tuscany and brings that influence to the kitchen in his bistro, which by no surprise, serves a lot of chocolate on the menu. I enjoyed beef served with a Ugandan chocolate sauce. It was a delicious example of cocoa cuisine.
Les chocolats d’Edouard also specializes in drinking chocolate and has 17 kinds of hot chocolate, 12 kinds of cool chocolate and 35 desserts for sale in addition to the extensive selection of fresh chocolates, all made on site.