When you think of gourmet food, you’d think of edibles that are expensive, heavenly delicious, and of very high quality. Gourmet Belgian chocolates are considered to be the best kind of chocolate in the world. It is so delicious that people from all over the world flock to Belgium just to experience the taste of the original Belgian chocolate because nobody in the world has successfully duplicated these sweet little things.
Belgian chocolates are the toast of the chocolate world. It is the gourmet of all chocolates that exist and nothing beats it for being in the number one list of all chocoholics. Even diabetics crave it! The good thing is that there are now sugar-free Belgian chocolates that are now available in the market.
The special factor that makes Belgian chocolate stand out among its contemporaries is the great respect for the chocolate manufacturing techniques that have been perfected by Europeans for centuries as well as the excellent quality of the ingredients used for making the chocolates.
In the age of mass production, everything seems to be just the standard to deliver the products to as many people as possible which sometimes has sacrificed a bit of the quality of the products. Good thing that Belgian chocolatiers did not give in to the pressure of the global market and still stick with the old tradition of small production but with top-notch quality tastes of their chocolates.
The country of Belgium is populated with chocolate shops and manufacturers that up to now are still making chocolates by hand and/or with the original equipment from the olden days. The chocolate in Belgium is like wine to France. Like the French wineries, chocolatiers in Belgium provide chocolate tasting programs for visitors to sample gourmet chocolates.
Although Belgian chocolates have been around for a long time, the new way of making chocolates that is very popular nowadays only started in the early years of the 20th century. This new way of making chocolate is the placement of a filling inside a chocolate nugget. Fillings can range from fruits, creams, hazelnut, or other forms of chocolate. This kind of chocolate is called pralines, which refers to the chocolate covering.
Another factor that makes gourmet Belgian chocolates special is the technique of storing the chocolate nuggets before filling them up. The course of making the chocolates is quite interesting as the grounded cocoa beans are combined with a mixture of cocoa butter and sugar. It is then eventually spread out by tempering or gradual heat addition.
A lot of chocolate houses in Belgium obtain their chocolate in form of solid. These solid forms of chocolates are then heated again for them to be formed or structured into the desired shape and taste. Since the chocolates are not chilled, Belgian chocolates have the luck of preserving the cocoa essence much more than the other inferior chocolates.
A lot of Belgium’s old family-owned chocolate houses have their own line of gourmet Belgian chocolates. They have been around for a long time and can be trusted with the high-quality chocolates they manufacture. Through the years and generations of family owners, they have perfected the way of making the perfect gourmet Belgian chocolates.
These delicious sweets may come with a price but once you have tasted their palatable flavors you will realize that it is worth all your money. You can actually taste a part of heaven. And that is what makes gourmet Belgian chocolates tick.