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Not all chocolate is created equal

Though the Mesoamerican’s unlocked the cocoa beans potential, it was the Belgian’s who elevated it to an art form. When it comes to the world’s favorite sweet treat, there’s Belgian chocolate, and then there’s everything else…

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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 flavor unlike anything the country had experienced before, its appearance proved to be a sensation and by the mid 18th century, chocolate 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 the exquisite Belgian chocolate we know today really began to take form and make itself known on the world stage.

What makes it so Magic?

In a word? Craft. Belgian chocolatiers are rightly regarded as some of, if not the very best in the world. It’s through the rigor, finesse, tradition and the pure craftsmanship that goes into producing the chocolates of their homeland that they’ve attained this lofty reputation. In fact, Belgian’s are so serious about quality chocolate, it’s even written into their law — since 1894, the composition of Belgian chocolate has been regulated to ensure a minimum level of 35% cocoa.

Edible Masterpieces

Although pralines, those exquisitely rich, soft centered chocolates in a thin chocolate shell, are arguably Belgian’s most famous chocolate creation, they also produce some of the world’s greatest truffles. These often contain an intense, semi-emulsified chocolate filling and are coated in delicate wafer or high quality cocoa powder. There’s also a smaller, but still extremely vibrant, market in the production of luxury, hand-finished, artisanal chocolate items, from eggs and animals to figures and hearts for more specific occasions, like Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s day.

Only the best for Magnum

At Magnum Ice Cream, we couldn't possibly opt for a chocolate that was anything less than decadent. One bite through the chocolate shell coating of your favorite Magnum bar and you’ll know what it’s like to condense hundreds of years of Belgian chocolate mastery, tradition and expertise into one delicious moment of pure indulgence.