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MerMay 25| Praline

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”- Rene Margritte

Belgium’s chocolate scene started with it being sold as a tonic by pharmacists. Things really took off after Belgium colonised the Congo and started importing cocoa beans from there. As the years followed, new inventions of chocolate came to the scene- we have praline, the ballotin box to pack the pralines in, a way to transport liquid chocolate, and chocolate spread. Quality of chocolate is also governed by laws and unspoken rules, where traditional manufacturing is preferred, so you’ll mostly find small independent chocolatiers using top secret recipes passed down through the generations.

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