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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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!

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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!

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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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A Chocolatey Christmas with Neuhaus

The holiday season is approaching and chocolate lovers have an excuse to indulge! Neuhaus thought of them, and like every year, the famous Belgian chocolate maker has concocted various assortments, each as irresistible as the next to end the year right.

In a beautiful red box, shaped like a Christmas tree and decorated with an elegant golden design, are 27 pralines that make up the first assortment that will make you discover some of the iconic creations of the brand. Caramels, gianduja, dark chocolate, milk or white chocolate will delight those who like to indulge a little or a lot. Do not miss this limited edition!

Another limited edition, this time specially created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Caprice praline, brings together 16 chocolates in an elegant round box with festive decorations. In this box, the Master chocolate maker customised the famous delight in three irresistible versions: tiramisu, cheesecake, and apple strudel, in milk, dark or white chocolate.

In the shape of a giant piece of candy, the latest Neuhaus assortment offers you a nice surprise when you open it: 8 chocolate candies, individually wrapped in a nice glossy and colourful paper. The ideal decoration for party tables, but also a perfect gift to give to friends to finish the year smoothly!

Read also: Have a magical Christmas with Corné Port-Royal!, All I want for Christmas is… Godiva!

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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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All I want for Christmas is… Godiva!

Godiva is preparing for the most delicious season of the year, because what is Christmas without chocolate? If you are still looking for a delicious gift for your loved ones, be sure to explore the holiday gift options Godiva offers this season. They’re too good to pass up!

Holiday Truffle Gift Box

Godiva’s gorgeous green 12-piece Holiday Truffles Gift Box surprises the receiver with a beautiful box, illustrated with doves and holiday ornaments by English artist Emily Carew Woodward. Even after the chocolates are long gone, the box is quite the keepsake! Inside, you’ll find a delicious selection of flavors like Salted Caramel, Cranberry, Roasted Almond, and other chocolate truffle varieties.

Assorted Chocolate Seasonal Gift Boxes Set

If you want to surprise your favourite chocaholic with an unforgettable present, then this Christmas gift set is the ideal gift: two exceptional boxes of chocolates, for an unforgettable end of the year.

Firstly, the 32-piece Seasonal Gift Box (also designed by English artist Emily Carew Woodward). Inside, you’ll find Belgian chocolate classics as well as gourmet chocolates from Godiva’s newest collection. Choose from flavours such as Milk Chocolate Almond Cookie, Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie, Dark Chocolate Ganache, and Dark Chocolate Pear Vanilla, to name just a few. Secondly, the 16-piece Seasonal Gift Box features the same beautiful red box and colorful design, and it, too, is filled with a combination of Belgian classics plus new chocolates inspired by Christmas desserts.

Both the Gift Box and the Gift Boxes Set are available at The Belgian Chocolate House stores. But, don’t wait too long: we’re sure this much deliciousness will be sold out in no time! So be sure to pick up your ideal chocolate gift the next time you pass by our stores. Happy holidays!

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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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Neuhaus’ new Coffee & Pralines Pairing Box

Food pairing is based on the principle that flavours enhance or complement each other if they have common components. Chocolate and coffee are a perfect example of a match that is made in heaven. With the Coffee & Pralines Collection, Neuhaus offers a combination of both pralines and coffee for the perfect break. They selected beans from Colombia and Brazil, two world leaders in the cocoa sector and coffee production. Both the cocoa and coffee beans come from the same region to guarantee a pure and authentic flavour.

Coffee ritual 2.0

The three pralines are eaten one after the other in a specific order from delicate to intense together with a drink of coffee from the same region. To bring out the full depth of the flavours, start with a sip of coffee to pick up the flavour. Then let the first praline slowly melt on the tongue and enjoy the pleasure as the coating melts away followed by the revelation of the filling. Finish the ritual with a sip of coffee so that the flavours blend together in the mouth. Repeat the ritual for the second and third praline. Enjoy!

The Coffee & Pralines Collection is available in two versions. The Experience Box contains 36 pralines and two 100-g packets of Brazil and Colombia single origin coffees – enough for 12 delicious coffee and praline rituals. The Origin Box contains 24 pralines which are just right for eight relaxing coffee and praline rituals.

Both boxes are simple and elegant with a luxury finish. They contain a leaflet that provides full details about the production process and the ideal coffee ritual. The collection is available from October 2018 at The Belgian Chocolate House – perfect to enjoy on those colder, windy first days of fall or even better: a luxury gift for chocolate and coffee lovers to offer under the Christmas tree!

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