The story of Chocolat Essentiel started a few years ago when a prescribed aromatherapy challenged me to make my daily intake more pleasant.
Essential oils, a natural medicine without side effects, are usually taken with honey as a vehicle. To improve the taste, I used monofloral honey and wrapped the mixture with 100% pure cocoa to make the intake pleasant.
Being a chocolate and health enthusiast myself, as well as a bee-keeper and herbalist, I sincerely hope you will enjoy the taste and numerous benefits of these uplifting Belgian pralines.
The resulting delicacies, made from just a few ingredients, are a huge source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and bioactive ingredients.
Each praline is handmade in the family-run atelier, fully powered by its own water mill. The boxes, made from waste cocoa shells, are compostable, recyclable or reusable.
HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE
The story of chocolate began more than a thousand years ago, when the Aztecs and Mayans used roasted cocoa beans, honey and spices to make a drink they thought could quadruple their energy.
At the end of the 18th century, cocoa was officially declared a medicine and was sold exclusively in pharmacies.
Rumour has it that the first chocolates were made by a Belgian pharmacist who dipped his medicines in chocolate to make them more attractive. Unfortunately, by adding unnecessarily large quantities of sugar, butter and cream, the pralines gradually evolved from a 'healthy' to a 'guilty' pleasure.
To the well-being of your chocolate!
Dr. Ir. Katarina Verhaegen
+32 474 650 001