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Belgian Chocolate Traditions

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For over a hundred years, the Belgian chocolate making tradition has become the world standard for luxurious deserts. Each year, the country exports over 100,000 tons of chocolate from its over 2,500 chocolate makers – carrying on a tradition of hand-made recipes, Belgian chocolate combines high quality cocoa with hand-made recipes to produce a unique flavor.

Walking throughout any major city in Belgium, such as Brussels, will reveal a wealth of chocolate shops. These shops range from small, independent chocolate makers to larger, world brands such as Leonidas. Many of Belgium’s native brands, such as Godiva, have become world standards in a variety of areas, expanding throughout Europe and beyond.
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Milk Chocolate Varieties

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Many sweet tooth lovers have a penchant for the richness of Belgian Milk Chocolates – these varieties capture the sweetness and texture of the best Belgian flavors in a unique structure. Some of the best pralines and truffles feature milk chocolate, while others have variations, including semi-sweet and white chocolate.

Milk chocolate creamy truffles are generally comprised of a milk chocolate Belgian shell – in general the cocoa content will be around 35%, which is enough to bring out the flavor without unduly burdening your taste buds. As a result, you can taste the purity of the chocolate at its core, which complements (rather than masks) the great nuts and fillings within the truffles.
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Best Belgian Chocolate Recipes

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Belgian chocolate makes a great base ingredient for a wide variety of recipes, ranging from baked goods to chocolate drinks. You can take any traditional chocolate recipe and substitute Belgian chocolate to add more flavor, texture and variety to your favorite deserts. Additionally, you can use the chocolate as an accent topping to add even more flavor, taking your dishes to new heights.

One of our favorite uses of Belgian chocolate is as an ice cream topping – you can add some Belgian dark chocolate to your favorite recipe in order to give your favorite ice cream a bit more flavor. To start, take a few scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor. You can even find Belgian ice cream varieties in some shops, which add a lot of flavor and taste to traditional recipes. Top the ice cream with a few ounces of finely minced Belgian dark chocolate, which you can serve whole or melted – if you want to melt it, then combine the chocolate with a few tablespoons of water and let simmer, then add a few tablespoons of sugar and milk to taste.
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Caramel Chocolate Treats

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One of the best combination treats you can enjoy are Belgian Caramel Truffles, which are just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth while also providing a rich, creamy inside. You can find a variety of caramel truffles from your favorite Belgian chocolate maker, as well as local variations.

Caramel truffles often come as park of variety gift boxes, which contain truffles complete with fruit, nuts and filling. Most caramel truffles contain cocoa liquor, milk powder, cocoa butter, vanilla and sugar, although each recipe is unique.
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Dark Belgian Chocolate Varieties

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Fans of pure chocolate with truly appreciate the texture and flavor of Dark Belgian chocolate, which combines the purest forms of cocoa with unique Belgian recipes. Some of the finest dark chocolate scan be traced to stores throughout Europe which carry on the chocolate making tradition.

When traveling throughout Europe you can find boutique chocolate makers, such as Pierre Marcolini, which combines Belgian traditions with some of the very best of continental traditions. Top quality Belgian chocolates generally contain at least 70 percent cocoa – while this might seem high for those used to milk chocolate, it makes a great balance between pure cocoa and a well-textured piece.
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