Belgian Chocolate

Jackie’s World Travel: Bruges

Jackie's World Travel

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Yes, I too was surprised as I peered into the window of a charming little story-book chocolate shop in Bruges, Belgium. Belgians sure get creative with their chocolate!

But now that I have your attention, lets talk chocolate!

Belgium equals chocolate and chocolate equals Belgium. Every city in Belgium hosts dozens of chocolate shops  featuring the most lavish, unique and delicious chocolates you can find anywhere in the world. Chocolate was originally introduced to Belgium back in the 17th century when the country was ruled by Spain. Spanish explorers brought back the the unknown cacao seed to Europe after explorations of South America, and soon after chocolate spread across Europe. In the early 20th century, Belgium colonized a part of Africa, the Belgian Congo which enabled them to have access to import large quantities of cocoa to their country thus making their chocolate production a boom. 

The Cocao seed was originally used to make a hot chocolate drink and…

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