Brussels Belgian Chocolates
There are many places to shop for belgian chocolates in Brussels with a a wide range of boxed chocolates, seasonal gift boxes, bars and chocolate gourmet products.
From local bakeries and supermarkets delis, to chain stores and top-notch chocolate shops, hundred of chocolate producers vie for the domestic market.
Here is a selection of Brussels best chocolate makers.
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Best Belgian chocolates: Chocopolis
"We don't want to be the biggest," said co-owner Antony Baetens. "But we do want to be the best."
Chocopolis works to be the best by offering fresh quality products made in their Duffao factory as well as by offering travel-friendly products from companies in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy. All are sold by warm and friendly counter clerks, trained with an eye for customer service.
"We work with the highest quality fresh products," said Anthony. "We accept no colorings, no added fats - just 100% cocoa butter."
Best Belgian chocolates: Galler
And at the age of 21, he carried the family tradition forward and launched his own chocolate enterprise.
Thirty years later, the founding principles of Galler remain the same: passion for chocolate, pride in perfection and constant creativity.
Today, Galler and his team of more than 100 employees designs, produces and markets pralines, ice-creams, chocolate ptisseries, filled chocolate bars, as well as chocolate tablets, Cats tongues (cartoon cats moulded from chocolate), spreads, and bite-sized chocolates.
Galler products are now found throughout the Belgian market in more than 2,000 sales outlets. In addition, Galler owns a network of stores in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Japan, Lebanon, the United States, United Arab Emirates and England.
"Our pralines are made of fine raw materials and coming from the best origins (no artificial aromas, quality dried fruits, natural vanilla," said Justine Galler in a recent interview. "In addition, our pralines are sensible, small in size, and slightly sugared. These qualities allow the flavours to reach the palate quickly."
Galler loves to experiment with chocolate and has created a new product that allows his customersto do the same. The product, called 'Kaori', offers 42 possible combinations by providingchocolate batons in various flavors accompanied by small pots of flavored sauces in which to dip the batons.By superimposing the chocolate flavors, spices and seasonings, customers have their own private chocolate-tasting lab.
Best Belgian chocolates: Planete Chocolat
"We are avant-garde", says owner Abdelhak Menouni, "choosing to make products ranging from the antique to the modern."
The company books demonstration sessions for tours and also offers one-hour demonstrations for walk-ins on Saturdays and Sundays at 16:00 (7 euros, offered in 2-3 languages, reservations NOT required). The demonstration area, housed in the shop near the Grand Place, is decorated in company colors, warm lighting and comfortable seating for up to 100 guests.
And The List Goes On...
Of course, there's also Neuhaus, Guylian, Leonidas, Godiva, Wittamer, Mary's, Cafe-Tasse, Nirvana, Cote d'Or, Dolfin, New Tree and the list goes on and on and on. With nearly 300 Belgian chocolatiers, one could almost sample a different Belgian chocolate every day of the year.
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