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Chocolate! Belgium Chocolate

Indulge in the tantalizing world of Belgian chocolate - the creamy, rich and luxurious treat that is beloved the world over. But what sets Belgian chocolate apart from the rest?

Belgium's strict regulations ensure that only the finest ingredients are used to make chocolate. Chocolate must contain at least 40% cocoa to qualify as "chocolate," and it's strictly forbidden to substitute cocoa with oil. As told by the tour guide on our Free Walking Tour.

No wonder Belgium has gained a reputation for producing chocolate of unparalleled quality and is so worldwide known.

Did you know that Godiva which is one of the most famous Belgian chocolate brands, has a quirky tradition?

If you give someone a box of Godiva and they don't like you, they have to give the box back. Different! But how get is this? It's like the sweetest revenge!

Interestingly, the first female chocolatier in history was Mary, who started creating delicious chocolates back in the 1910s. And today, we have the pleasure of visiting some of the best chocolate shops in the world, including the Belgian chocolate factory, Neuhaus, Mary, Pierre Marcolini, and Maison Dandoy.

Let me tell you a little about a few of the chocolates that you can find that are Belgium brands:

The first is Godiva. Godiva is one of the most well-known Belgian chocolate brands in the world. Founded in 1926 in Brussels, Godiva is renowned for its premium quality chocolate truffles, bars, and other treats. The company has stores in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Neuhaus is another legendary Belgian chocolate brand that was founded in 1857. It's famous for inventing the first chocolate praline in 1912, which is now a staple of Belgian chocolate culture. Neuhaus offers a wide variety of premium chocolate products, including truffles, bars, and gift boxes.

Leonidas is a family-owned Belgian chocolate company that was founded in 1913. The company is known for its high-quality pralines, which are made using only the finest ingredients. Leonidas has over 1,400 retail stores in more than 50 countries.

Pierre Marcolini is a luxury chocolate brand that was founded in Brussels in 1995. The company is renowned for its artisanal chocolates, which are made using only the best cocoa beans from around the world. Pierre Marcolini also offers a range of other confections, including macarons, pastries, and ice cream.

Côte d'Or is one of Belgium's oldest and most popular chocolate brands. The company was founded in 1883 and is known for its distinctive packaging, which features an elephant on a yellow background. Côte d'Or offers a range of chocolate products, including bars, tablets, and pralines.

These are just a few of the many Belgian chocolate companies that produce some of the world's finest chocolate. Each company has its own unique history, recipes, and specialties, but they all share a commitment to using high-quality ingredients and crafting chocolate with skill and care.

Read more to learn about the fries or the things to do while in Belgium.

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