Become a master chocolatier for one day

Chocolate is much more than just a treat. In Flanders, it is part of our identity. You can experience this first-hand in one of Flanders’ chocolate workshops. Welcome, and enter the wonderful world of the cocoa bean. 

You may not be aware of it, but a revolution took place in Brussels in 1912; a small, sweet, and tasty milestone in world history. It was then that chocolatier Jean Neuhaus created the very first filled chocolate bonbon. He christened his brainchild praline. In doing so, he changed the world of chocolates forever. This extraordinary invention strengthened our reputation as the cradle of chocolate, and we still are today. Flanders and Brussels are home to the world’s best chocolatiers. Taste their delicious creations and step into their shoes, even if only for a moment. 

This is possible, for example, with master chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud: He has been astonishing to people with his tantalizing chocolates for over a decade. Fillings of orange from Shanghai, pepper from Madagascar, figs from Izmir or Taggiasca olives? This modern-day alchemist uses them all. At the same time, he is ready to teach the tricks of the trade. Every Saturday, he leads a workshop in his atelier in the Ravenstein gallery in the heart of Brussels. You can taste a variety of cocoa beans, learn more about this unparalleled product and then get to work yourself. After a fascinating afternoon, you will leave with your own box of homemade chocolates. 

In Antwerp, Chocolate Nation immerses you (figuratively) in chocolate. Here, in the world’s largest museum dedicated to chocolate, you can also experiment for yourself. A wide range of workshops offers something for everyone. Making your own pralines or chocolate truffles? No problem. A sophisticated tasting? Also possible. An introduction to pairing chocolate with beer and wine? Why not? 

Of course, historic Bruges also has a lot to offer. There you will find, for instance, The Chocolate Line. This is the home base of taste artists Dominique and Julius Persoone. This father and son duo was voted Chocolatier of the Year 2023 by Gault & Millau. Their expedition store and innovative creations will make your jaw drop (until you put a praline in your mouth). Is your figurative hunger still not satisfied? Then join one of the chocolate walks in the historic city center. You won’t regret it. 

Clearly, the possibilities are endless. Wherever you go in Flanders, you will find a love of chocolate.

St. Hubert's Gallery, Belgium.
A mouth-watering stroll through St. Hubert’s Gallery, where Jean Neuhaus invented the praline, © Kris Jacobs.

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