Belgium produces more than 172,000 tons of chocolate annually, and the tiny country is also home to 2,000 plus chocolatiers. Belgium is especially known for the praline, or “chocolate bonbon,” a piece of chocolate with a hard outer shell and a soft, sometimes liquid filling, which Belgian chocolatier Jean Neauhaus introduced to the world in 1912. Today Belgium is a hot-bed of chocolate tourism, with Brussels at it center. There are tours of chocolate factories, chocolate making workshops, and even Choco-Story Brussels (Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat), a small, two-story museum devoted to the history and making of chocolate. One of the city's most popular experiences for chocolate lovers is the Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop, a guided three-hour walking tour that includes stops at several of the city's artisan chocolate boutiques, plenty of free samples, and a 45-minute hands-on lesson in making pralines.
In true Belgian style, you may even want to pair your chocolate with a nice glass of brew.