7 things you didn’t know about chocolate

The happiest holiday is approaching: Easter! Easter is the time of year in which we eat the most chocolate. Families are preparing to hide, seek, find and eat immense amounts of chocolate, and kids everywhere are bringing out their inner Sherlock Holmes to find hidden chocolate treasures…

Discover 7 interesting facts about chocolate that might surprise you!

White chocolate is not really chocolate

Yes, we’ve all been lied to. In order to be classified as real chocolate, a product has to contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor. White “chocolate” contains cocoa butter instead.

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The Belgian Chocolate House-Easter

Easter is coming – get ready for the start of the egg hunt!

A yearly children’s favourite: the big annual chocolate festival is back! Every Easter, the biggest Belgian chocolate brands compete with their creativity, and 2019 will be no exception!

Pierre Marcolini, the latest addition to the great Belgian chocolatiers, created a collection based on the heart, the emblematic theme of the House. Garnished with caramel or vanilla ganache, or pistachio or hazelnut praline, the Œufs Jolis Cœur or ‘Pretty Heart Eggs’ are decidedly irresistible, with their little coloured hearts. Also available are boxes with 12 or 30 small classic eggs, beautifully presented in a color gradient from dark chocolate to white.

At Neuhaus, we discover beautiful Spring colours in their floral collection. This limited edition presents a delightful colorful palette of chocolate eggs with scents of jasmine, violet, rose, lavender, and orange blossom. Both a visual and tasty delight!

The Belgian Chocolate House- Easter - Neuhaus
Image: Neuhaus

Godiva has something for all ages and all budgets, with the famous Easter bunnies: one in milk chocolate with small eggs, and the other in real plush. This limited edition will make the little ones happy, with its bag containing small colored chocolate eggs. And, if you want to make an impression, Godiva has created a beautiful milk chocolate egg with small eggs inside. To protect it, it is housed in a strong transparent box.

Corné Port-Royal puts the Easter bunny in the spotlight, with a pretty yellow rabbit-shaped box that contains an assortment of small multicolored chocolate eggs. This year, they offer three new flavours: small milk chocolate eggs garnished with Guérande salt caramel, Brazilian praline, and a blueberry ganache coated with dark chocolate. These novelties can be found in their Easter suitcase with small eggs, a playful packaging with handles in the shape of rabbit ears.

Image: Corné Port-Royal

Last but not least: Leonidas, the Belgian chocolate brand known around the world. Leonidas offers us a large egg-shaped canister that opens like a Russian doll. Inside it, you’ll find an assortment of 40 small eggs in dark, milk and white chocolate. A treat for the whole family, for all ages!

Image: Leonidas
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Godiva Carnival chocolates at The Belgian Chocolate House

In March, the Godiva House honors the carnivals festivities around the world, with colorful and surprising chocolates. For this limited edition, the master chocolatier Jean Apostolou has created pure delicacies that will delight the most discerning palates. This new collection features 5 pralines in a box decorated with exotic and joyful colors. As for the chocolates, they are themselves decorated with elegant drawings with acid colors that evoke party and dance.

Dance, Excitement, Fun, Passion, Surprise … these are the names of these pralines that will pleasantly surprise you. On the menu: dark chocolate and salted butter caramel or white chocolate mousse with crisp mint chips. For the milk chocolate pralines, you can discover white chocolate flavored with mango with a touch of pepper in one, and a delicious sensation of candy in the other. And for lovers of white chocolate, Surprise reveals a heart of Gianduja where hints of crispy hazelnuts are hidden.

All these delights are available in boxes of 18 chocolate,s exclusively at the Brussels and Charleroi airports, and in boxes of 12 at the Midi station and in Luxembourg.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Belgian Chocolate House!

The happiest holiday of the year is coming up! Time to spoil your loved ones (or yourself!) this Valentine’s Day with some exquisite Belgian chocolate…

The Belgian Chocolate House has a special selection of gift ideas that will make hearts melt!

Godiva offers a Heart box with a selection of 12 pralines. The line-up includes Godiva’s Cup Cake Collection: five delicious chocolates, made of delicate cups filled with intense flavours such as fresh strawberry and speculoos mousse. Every bite brings you a moment of indulgence.

Neuhaus surprises with a Love Letter box: like a sealed love letter, filled with delicious chocolate. A sweet way to show your deepest and warmest feelings!  This special box contains chocolate from all the corners of the world: 3 new heart-shaped chocolates created by the Maître Chocolatiers of Neuhaus. They contain ingredients from different parts of the world: vanilla from Madagascar, Panela sugar from Colombia and green tea from China.

More Neuhaus romance can be found in the Sharing Box: a unique concept with two chocolates of each flavor, so you can share them with someone special. A special unboxing experience!

Last but not least, Corné Port-Royal spoils (chocolate) lovers this Valentine’s Day with their heart-shaped, leatherlook box. There’s nothing better than a heart to express your love – especially if it is filled with 30 of Corné Port-Royal’ best pralines! We’re sure this elegant heart in red leatherlook will not stay full for long.

Stop by The Belgian Chocolate House for the tastiest Valentine’s Day gifts and enjoy the finest Belgian chocolates with your loved ones!

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The Salon du Chocolat is coming to Brussels again!

From 22 to 24 February 2019, the Salon du Chocolat promises a delicious and festive programme in Brussels!

The Salon du Chocolat has already been organized in 16 countries and of as ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’, Belgium is one of the regular locations since 2014! Chocolatiers, chefs, pastry chefs and young talents await you at Tour & Taxis for a celebration of Belgian chocolate in all its forms. More than 130 participants will be gathering together on 8,000 sqm entirely dedicated to chocolate and cocoa.

There’s loads to do and something for everyone. For example, the greatest Belgian chefs, pastry chefs, master chocolatiers and young talents follow one another in the Pastry Show demonstration area to present their best chocolate recipes. Take a seat and learn tips, techniques and how to create your own chocolate delights from the masters! Also, don’t miss the famous Chocolate Fashion Show with couture outfits made out of chocolate by Belgian and international fashion designers and chocolatiers.  With different workshops, a chocolate bookstore, and even a kids’ programme, you’re sure to have an exciting, chocolate-filled day for the whole family.

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Have a magical Christmas with Corné Port-Royal!

Still debating what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Chocolate is always a good idea! Corné Port-Royal, one of the most iconic chocolate brands, has many Christmas sets available to celebrate this holiday season.

CORNÉ PORT-ROYAL CHRISTMAS TREE GIFT BOX

Corné Port-Royal celebrates Christmas with a Christmas tree! This gift set is a tree-shaped box decorated with smaller trees, and filled with 23 delicious pralines. Irresistible!

CORNÉ PORT-ROYAL CHRISTMAS RED LEATHER BOX

A striking,”leather” presentation case with extraordinary elegance. Not sure if your loved ones like light or dark chocolate, cream-filled or praliné? This box has it all. It is filled with a distinctive selection of the finest pralines from Corné Port-Royal for the holidays.

CORNÉ PORT-ROYAL CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES BOX

Discover this Corné Port-Royal gift box with festive colors, cheerful reindeer and whimsical Christmas trees. Corné Port-Royal truffles offer unique and exclusive recipes filled with butter cream, which subtly combines the power of dark chocolate and the delicacy of sweet, light flavors. The gift box treats you to 16 truffles: 4 chocolate truffles, 4 Marc de Champagne truffles, 4 coffee truffles and 4 caramel truffles with Guérande salt.

Stop by The Belgian Chocolate House to pick up these tasty treats!

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The Belgian Chocolate House-advent calendar

A tasty countdown to Christmas with our chocolate advent calendars!

The Christmas season is right around the corner! What better way to count down to this festive season than with a chocolate advent calendar from your favourite praline brand? At The Belgian Chocolate House, we have 4 brands offering a delicious advent calendar to make this year’s countdown to Christmas an unforgettable one.

Godiva Christmas advent calendar

Godiva’s advent calendar is a classic one, with assorted milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and white chocolates. The calendar also includes 9 pieces in fun, seasonal shapes — jolly Santa, wintry Penguin, and festive Snowman. It also includes 15 individually wrapped milk chocolate carrés in seasonal wrapper.

Corné Port-Royal Christmas advent calendar

If you are a Corné Port-Royal fan, you’ll be happy to hear they also offer a tasty advent calendar! Their selection consists of twenty-four scrumptious assorted chocolates that are hidden behind little doors. A delicious way to make the wait more enjoyable!

Leonidas advent calendar

Leonidas also offers a savory and original advent calendar, filled with 24 pralines (alcohol-free). The calendar offers the best Leonidas has to offer: 100% pure cocoa butter, 100% fresh and 100% made in Belgium! You’ll be sad once the last praline has been tasted and this fun-filled calendar has served its last treat – unless there are more chocolates under your Christmas tree of course!

Neuhaus Chocolate Winter Wonderland pop-up advent calendar

Neuhaus delights us with a Chocolate Winter Wonderland pop-up advent calendar. In this calendar, the magic of Brussels awaits you, one chocolate at a time. Their pop-up advent calendar is inspired by the birthplace of the praline, and is filled with 25 of their most timeless pralines. It gets more beautiful with each day closer to Christmas: the calendar gets more magical, as the Christmas market on the Grand Place in Brussels slowly appears with every chocolate you eat.

Contest!

Are you in the mood for one of these flavor-journeys? Then we’ve got great news for you: you can win a Neuhaus or a Corné Port-Royal advent calendar at The Belgian Chocolate House, from 5/11/2018 until 21/11/2018! The competition can be found on our website.

Can’t wait? Then we welcome you in our stores where you can purchase one (or one of each!) for yourself or as a gift for a friend or loved one.

We wish you a flavourful holiday season!

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The Belgian Chocolate House-Godiva Happiness Collection

New Godiva TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES at The Belgian Chocolate House Brussels Airport

At The Belgian Chocolate House, our mission is to keep surprising you with the best chocolate our little country has to offer – and to be the first to make you discover new things. Therefor we are excited to show you the new Travel Exclusive from Godiva, focusing on the essence of chocolate: bringing you happiness!

The pursuit of happiness is universal, so Godiva’s chefs have created a limited-edition Happiness Collection to evoke some simple moments of joy. It begins with the beautiful box, designed by Belgian graphic designer Wout Vromans. His characteristic style with complex geometric shapes, vivid colors, and interesting compositions perfectly anticipates the explosion of taste you’ll experience once you start savouring what’s inside.

Inside, you’ll find a selection of 18 chocolates in 5 new and unique flavours:

Caramel Vanille

Feel the warmth of a hug with our vanilla ganache and crème brûlée flavoured caramel enveloped by rich milk chocolate.

Chocolat Noir

Wonder at the cosmos with our indulgent dark chocolate ganache punctuated with almond pieces like stars in the night sky.

Praliné Café

Is anything better than that first sip of coffee in the morning? Awaken with our intense hazelnut praline, with a hint of coffee, coated in creamy white chocolate.

Thé Noir & Poivre de Sichuan

Take an unexpected adventure with our exotic combination of smoked black tea mousse and Szechuan pepper flavoured ganache, coated in dark chocolate.

Praliné Pistache

Be refreshed by a salty seaside breeze as you enjoy indulgent pistachio praline piqued with a hint of salt and covered with milk chocolate.

 

Be sure to pick up one of these unique, trendy and exclusive chocolate selections – for yourself or as a gift for someone else who deserves an explosion of flavor and happiness in a box!

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Customer Weekend

The Belgian Chocolate House celebrates “Customer Weekend”.

Download your gift voucher below! Valid from Friday 5/10/2018 until Sunday 7/10/2018.

Print your voucher or show it on a mobile device at the cash register.

This gift voucher may be exchanged in The Belgian Chocolate House stores in Antwerp, Brussels Airport Departure Hall, Terminal A & Terminal B and Brussels-South Railway Station with a minimum purchase of €40,00. Can only be exchanged once. Not redeemable for money. Cannot be used in conjunction with staff discount. Not combinable with other promotions. Only one voucher per person per day.

 

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Belgian sweet treasures

During the months of September and October, we have chosen to put the treasures of Belgian expertise, in terms of chocolate and biscuits, in the spotlight.

The Belgian Chocolate House-Neuhaus

Neuhaus, which was established in Brussels in 1857, is the oldest Belgian chocolate brand. The chocolate house invented the famous chocolate as well as the ballotin or box in which the chocolates are presented. Its iconic “Caprice” and “Tentation” nougatine chocolates, which are filled with cream and enrobed with chocolate, were created for the 1958 World Expo and continue to make gourmets around the world salivate when they think of them.

The Belgian Chocolate House-Corné Port-Royal

Corné Port-Royal is another iconic Brussels chocolate maker. In 1935, shortly after Maurice Corné established his artisan chocolate shop, he created the legendary “Manon sucre”, a combination of whipping cream, nuts and nougatine, enrobed with confectioner’s sugar. An irresistible treat which you really should try!

 

More recently, Galler has demonstrated considerable dynamism and innovation. The brand was the first to create a 70% cocoa chocolate and is famous for the wide range of chocolate bars it sells, in colorful packaging.

The Belgian Chocolate House-Jules Destrooper

 

Jules Destrooper, a company that has been in family hands for four generations, is Belgium’s most famous biscuit maker. Its founder, an artisan baker who also owned an exotic spice shop, created the famous almond thins, which became an international success, from 1911 onwards. Since then, Jules Destrooper has been named an official supplier to the Belgian court.The Belgian Chocolate House-Dandoy

 

Like Jules Destrooper, Maison Dandoy is a family company, that was established in Brussels in the nineteenth century. The biscuit maker is mainly known for its fabulous speculoos and the unrivalled quality of its products. For over 180 years, this Belgian pastry brand has been an absolute must.

But where can you find all these treats? At The Belgian Chocolate House, of course, where all the gourmets like to shop!

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