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Belgian pralines

Belgium is famous around the world for its high quality chocolate. The chocolate bonbon, or praline, was invented in Brussels in 1912 by Jean Neuhaus, and has become the hallmark of Belgian confectionery. Nonetheless chocolate bars are also enormously popular, be it the with giants like Côte d'Or or newcomers like NewTree. Nowadays there are over 2,000 Belgian chocolatiers. Here is a list of the most famous ones. Note that Wittamer, Van Dender, Mary and Galler are Belgian Royal Warrant Holder.


Company Year of foundation Headquarters Shops in
Neuhaus
1857
over 50 countries
Côte d'Or
1883
sold in over 50 countries
Nihoul
1897
Belgium only
Wittamer
1910
Belgium, Japan
Leonidas
1913
46 countries
Mary
1919
Belgium only
Godiva
1926
about 25 countries
Corné Port Royal
1930
Wavre
Belgium, France, Germany, Puerto Rico
Galler
1930
Chaudfontaine (Liège)
10 countries
Guylian
1960
Sint-Niklaas
sold in over 100 countries
Debailleul
1983
14 countries
Van Dender
1993
Belgium, Japan
Pierre Marcolini
1994
Belgium, France, Japan, Kuwait , Lux., UK, USA
Passion Chocolat (Claire Macq)
1996
Belgium only
Jean-Philippe Darcis
2001
Heusy (Verviers)
Belgium, Japan
NewTree
2001
Brussels
Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, USA, Japan
Zaabär
2008
Belgium


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