A brief history of Belgian chocolate
Belgium’s love affair with chocolate started as far back as 1635 during the country’s Spanish
occupation and shortly after chocolate’s first arrival in Europe from Mesoamerica. With a flavour
unlike anything the country had experienced before, its appearance proved to be a sensation
and by the mid 18th century had become extremely popular as a luxury item of status among the
upper and middle classes. But it wasn’t until Belgian chocolatier Jean Neuhaus II first created the
praline in 1912 that theexquisite Belgian chocolate we know today really began to take form
and make itself known on the world stage.