A showcase for a timeless praline
Undeniably, the place that best incarnates the soul of the brand is the prestigious boutique in the Galerie de la Reine: This shop epitomizes Art Nouveau and serves as a magical setting for a premium product that still tickles the taste buds of young and old alike.
In 1932, young baker Maurice Corné decides to set up his own business as chocolatier rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères in Brussels. This vision would prove immediately successful and his business quickly grows. Very soon, he employs thirty or so employees and supplies the celebrities of the era. Maurice Chevalier never misses an occasion to stock up on chocolates when he’s in Brussels and always visits Mr Corné.
When Maurice Corné started the house, Corné was only known as “Corné”. But the chocolate maker’s success inspires the rest of the family. To differentiate himself he decided to add his own suffix. Corné Port-Royal was born.
In 1935, Maurice Corné creates the “Manon sucre“, which is now part of the Belgian heritage. The Manon sucre is a delicious praline that blends the smoothness of whipped cream, the crunchiness of nougatine and bitterness of walnuts. The hand-made praline is placed on a fork before being dipped in sugar.
Today, as it boasts more than 80 years of experience, Corné Port-Royal perpetuates the house’s traditional recipes and expertise of gourmet know-how. Each day, fifty or so artisans prepare the chocolates, some of which are still prepared according to recipes almost one hundred years old!