BEL­GIUM

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Bel­gium pro­duces about 200,000 tons of choco­late an­nu­ally and i s also the home of over 2,000 choco­latiers. Im­pres­sive for a coun­try that is the size of Pa­hang, Malaysia. Bel­gian choco­late is in­ter­na­tion­ally known, and dates from as early as the 17th cen­tury, but even if to­day Ger­many might sell more choco­late i n Eu­rope and other coun­tries such a Switzer­land, Nether­lands and Swe­den are mak­ing a name for them­selves, the deep his­tory that comes with Bel­gium choco­late can­not be changed – it is in all the en­chant­ing an­tique l ook­ing, very el­e­gant shops, cafes and restau­rants that serve not only choco­late, but re­lated drinks, desserts and even meals – from Brus­sels to Gent, An­twerp and Bruges, where tourists are hyp­no­tized with a de­li­cious dis­play of choco­late; not to men­tion that Bruges has its own choco­late mu­seum, i n which vis­i­tors can l earn about the 4,000-year his­tory of co­coa.

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