In Chocolate Heaven

As we said goodbye to the Netherlands and made our way into Belgium, all the kids talked about during our drive was the “chance” to meet Willy Wonka (we watched the movie during the 2 hour drive).

Before we began the trip into Brussels, I talked to them about the different types of foods that Belgians are known to love.  Mussels, Belgian Waffles and Chocolate, just to name a few.  I also told them we had booked a visit to a chocolate factory AND we were going to learn how chocolate was made.  They were so excited that evening, it was hard for them to sleep.

It wasn’t hard for me to get them up bright and early the next morning and bribe them to complete their schoolwork by 12pm so we could go “look for the factory”.  As we entered the center, near the Grand Palace you could start to see all of the lovely chocolatiers and their cleverly decorated window displays.  When I say clever, its because it totally invites you in to check out their “goods”.

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Entering the “chocolate zone”…
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Leonidas, Neuhaus and Godiva are more of the “popular” Belgian brands of chocolate.

There was one shop though, called Le Comptoir De Mathilde where we couldn’t get the kids to leave.  They stopped and looked at every single item, pointed at everything until a saleslady nearby handed my daughter a basket!  And of course, they both thought they could grab everything they wanted and place it in the basket for daddy.  Gladly, they didn’t choose too many things and we walked out of there with only 5lbs of chocolate.

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Lou Lou with all the hot chocolate, chocolate!
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Just add into hot milk and drink! Why didn’t we think of this?!
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These are the four we chose 🙂
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Everything is sold by kilo.
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Gorgeous, isn’t it?
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Grabbed a couple of these babies…
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Jaf bought this one and it was all gone in 2 weeks.
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Lou Lou chose this and I ate most of it.
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“Can we have just 1 lolly?”
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Daddy’s happy!

As we visited different chocolatiers just “looking”, Jaf would always walk out of each store with samples of free chocolate.  They just gave him chocolate because he would say, “Oh, I’m not going to buy anything.  I just want to smell your shop.”  He would then inhale so big the salesperson would always give him a sample of chocolate.  We didn’t even have to eat our own chocolate because he had gotten more chocolate that we could all eat!

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Another one of our favorite shops, Elisabeth. Their meringues were so good!
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Eye candy

 

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We bought of some of this too…

 

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These meringues were bigger than our hands!
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All of the “samples” Jaffer collected from each store.

Our tour of the chocolate factory and the chocolate making class was amazing.  The kids learned about the differences between White, Milk and Dark chocolate and even got to make their own chocolate candy.

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Chocolate Factory Tour
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And our chocolate making tour 🙂
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The chocolates the kids made

As we headed back to our RV, still full of chocolate Lou Lou says to me, “Mom, it was like we were in chocolate heaven.”  I said, “We were honey, we were.”

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