Chocolates everywhere, that’s Belgium for you. After weeks days of research, I’ve set my heart on a box of chocolates from the revered chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini (Sablon Rue des Minimes, 1). It’s not far from Grand Place in Brussels, just a short walk away from the throngs of tourists.
Behold the rows and rows of beautifully displayed eye candy~!
My elegantly packed box of little gems is so lovely that I can’t bear to discard it even after all the chocolates are gone. It’s still sitting prettily in my drawer now haha.
These don’t come cheap. A box of 30 comes with a hefty price tag of €22.50—which I gladly parted with. And I rationed them very carefully for the remaining days in Europe: 5 per day, a few pieces more on days when I can’t resist the temptation! Alas, they lasted me less than a week =(
I’ll just list down some of the flavours that I’m most impressed with:
Brésil grand cru: pure ganache made with cocoa beans from the Bahia region.
Pavé de tours: Marriage of hazelnut, almond praline and Quimper flaky wafer.
Quatre épices: soft chocolate caramel with a blend of 4 spices.
Violette: violet ganache with bursts of raspberry.
Thym et orange: ganache flavoured with thyme and zest of orange.
Thé au citron: bergamot infusion combined with lemon and lime zest.
Thé earl grey: pure ganache infused with earl grey tea.
The pralines and ganaches are nothing short of exquisite! Flavours are deep and complex but not confusing, texture is smooth and rich, i.e. they are simply out of this world~
Though there are so many different creative flavours, my personal favourite is all the pure ganaches from different regions (e.g. Trinidad, Los Rios, Sambirano, Sur del Lago), with no flavouring and minimum sugar to bring out the pure taste of chocolate.
The simplest things in life give the greatest pleasure, aye? =)