With a staggering 800 tons sold a year, Brussels Airport is the number one selling point of chocolate around the world. That works out at around 2 tons of chocolate per day, or a mouth-watering average of 1.5kg of chocolate sold every minute.
Belgian chocolate has a very long history, making it one of the country's gourmet specialities. With several hundred chocolatiers and over 2,000 stores, Belgians consume an average of 8 kilos of chocolate per person and per year. Most of its production is destined for export, making it one of the symbols of Belgian quality worldwide.
Among its varieties, praline is one of the most well-known Belgian specialities. Invented by Jean Neuhaus in 1912, this is a chocolate filled with a caramelised sugar based truffle and coated in dark, white or milk chocolate. Crafted by hand, each one has a personal touch which gives it a unique and delicious flavour.
Forgotten to buy chocolates during your stay in Belgium, or looking for that last minute present? Then head to either the Belgian Chocolate House or the Chocolate Kiosk (both situated in the cluster of shops within the airport itself).
There you will find plenty of chocolates to treat yourself to, made by the best brands Belgium has to offer: Neuhaus, Godiva and Guylian to name a few. The Belgian Chocolate House also sells an assortment of non-chocolate products by other Belgian brands including Galler, Dandoy and Destrooper.
If you can’t wait until the end of your stay to buy chocolate at the airport, then Bruges is the place to go to. Belgium’s official chocolate city boasts more than 50 chocolatiers, shops, and even a museum dedicated to everything cacao related.