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The Best of Belgian Chocolate

I’m a chocoholic. I admit it. I love sampling chocolate in locales famous for it. I once hosted a champagne and chocolate tasting featuring chocolates sourced from around the world. No surprise then,  I was a wee bit skeptical about the superiority of Belgian chocolate over that of other countries, but I’m almost convinced. Why do I say almost, well chock it up to a most delightful chocolate tasting tour with Groovy Brussels. Spend More, Eat Less César begins our tour by claiming that we would find that the investment in the tour would save us money! I’m deeply and visibly skeptical. “Rest assured,” he says, “the tour is organized so you’ll come to understand.” At the first shop we learn 3 things about chocolate: Chocolate is made of ground, roasted cocoa beans and sugar. Cocoa beans are about half fat and half solids. If you buy a chocolate bar that is 100% cocoa, it is 50% cocoa fat and 50% cocoa solids. A bar that’s 70% has 30% sugar, 35% fat and 35% cocoa …