Chocolate is second to diamonds as a girl’s best friend. Similar to fashion, wine and finance the tasty treat has become a complex cultural phenomenon. There is basic chocolate for the public, artisanal chocolate for conservatives and avant-garde deserts for connoisseurs. In Brussels, a polyglot city in the center of Europe’s diversity, you get it all.
The New York Times reports: The capital of Belgium may be known as the Capital of Europe, but it is also, at least as far as most chocolate aficionados are concerned, the World Capital of Chocolate. Ever since the Brussels chocolatier Jean Neuhaus invented the praline 100 years ago, the city has been at the forefront of the chocolate business. There are a million residents and some 500 chocolatiers, about one chocolatier for every 2,000 people. The average Belgian consumes over 15 pounds of chocolate each year, one of the highest rates in the world.
Some of the Chocolatiers to get the savvry taste of Chocolate in Brussels include:
- Alex & Alex, Rue de la Paille
- Frederic Blondeel Chocolatier, Quai aux Brix
- Godiva, Grand Sablon-Grote Savel
- Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier, Rue Ravenstein
- Leonidas, 41 Place du Grand Sablon
- Le St.-Aulaye, Rue Jean Chapelié
- Mary, Galerie de la Reine
- Neuhaus, Rue Lebeau
- Passion, Grand Sablon
- Pure, Rue de Rollebeek
Travel blogger Alex in Wanderland shares photos from her magical trip to Brussells. After doing her research, she described Pierre Marcolini as the Lamborghini of luxury chocolates. Look at some of the tasty dishes she tried out during her visit for the Brussels chocolate tour:
Chocolate isn’t junk food anymore! Women’s Health claims that there are health perks to eating cocoa products. Chocolate and exercise actually work surprisingly well together. Eating chocolate high in healthy antioxidants reduces blood-pressure in overweight women. Dark chocolate is great for weight loss and should be added to your diet plan because it fights sweet, salty, and fatty food cravings. Women who eat chocolate during pregnancy have shown to handle stress better than mothers-to-be who abstained. Ladies, what more proof do you need? Chocolate is a super food and it’s obvious that the people of Brussels have found the key to youth. What is your favorite kind of chocolate to devour?