It was all British Airways fault. Thanks to sequence of events which involved airline takeovers and the subsequent lack of flights available to Air Canada passengers within the UK that meant I ended up in Brussels. Or rather Brussels Airport. I was stuck there between flights back in March and since I wasn’t able to sleep, I shopped.
Most of it was window shopping, but it turned out that Brussels Airport is jam-packed with chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. A wonderful selection of chocolate, both Belgian and non-Belgian. To be honest, it was hard not just to go completely nuts in my sleep-deprived state and fill the remaining space in my suitcase, but I showed some restraint and bought what could be best described as a lot of chocolate.
The Belgian bars I picked up was from a unfamiliar company to me, Corné Port-Royal, although I see they’ve already found their way onto Chocablog already. And considering the large range of bars and boxes on display, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that they’ve been around in Belgium since 1932. Alas, the majority of the bars didn’t make it back to Canada, but one managed to hide at the bottom of my case – dark chocolate with dried fruit.
It is a lovely looking bar of chocolate – nice and shiny, with lots of sultanas and whole nuts studded into the back. And there’s quite a range of nuts too – pecans, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios making this a bit more classy than your average fruit and nut bar. The chocolate is very rich and buttery, but would be a little on the dull side if there wasn’t anything else in there to hog the limelight. It clocks in at 52% which leaves a bit too much room for sugar for my tastes, but the abundance of nuts does help to compensate for that sweetness.
There’s nothing too fancy about this bar, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it very quickly. Sometimes you just need to eat some yummy chocolate and this would definitely fit the bill if you want something nutty. I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to search it out, but between this and the other two varieties I sampled, I’d be quite happy if I was diverted through Brussels Airport again.