While all of the aforementioned chocolates have a creamy center made from beer, the ones from Chocolaterie Carré in Moen, West Flanders, have liquid beer inside. Master chocolatier Dirk Naert makes the chocolates, which are filled with four different beers from nearby Brouwerij Bockor in Bellegem. These include Framboise Max, Kriek Max, OMER Traditional Blonde, and VanderGhinste Oud Bruin. These are sold under the name ChocOBeer.
I, being a chocoholic, love ’em. Bockor makes some very tasty beers, such as the OMER Blond, the Oud Bruin, and especially, the Cuvée des Jacobins.
Chocobolic, a small chocolate producer in Roosbeek, near Leuven in Flemish Brabant, also produces a couple of beer chocolates. Chocolatier Katleen Vanderlinden, who is also a chef, makes artisanal chocolates in a small locale with an attached shop. The beers used are Leffe Radieuse and Leuvense Tripel. The name of the chocolates are “Leuvense Bierbuikjes,” which translates as “Leuven Beer Bellies.” They are available at Chocobolic, as well as at gourmet shops in Leuven. Katleen’s truffles and pralines are very tasty as well.
There are many other makers of beer pralines, aka, beer chocolates, in Belgium. A chocolatier used to make pralines with Oude Gueuze from 3 Fonteinen, which you could buy in the shop there, but they tragically have stopped doing so.
Belgian beer and chocolate, especially dark chocolate= great pleasure. Enjoy them when you can!
I think I’ll go have one now….
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