Vanessa started her chocolate journey very early on since from an early age the favorite snack she slipped into her school bag was the famous hazelnut bar with the elephant logo. As she grew up, this passion for chocolate and cooking developed, she multiplied culinary trials in the family kitchen making cakes, pastries, yule logs…but always with chocolate of course. In 2015, after a university course in management and a few years of experience in the banking sector, Vanessa decided to return to this love for chocolate by following an evening course as a chocolatier-confectioner. Everything will follow very quickly; start of complementary freelance activity in 2016, small Christmas markets, company orders, etc. Then in October 2018, she quit her job and started as an artisan chocolate maker by opening her own boutique-workshop near the European district of Brussels. It is in Etterbeek where she was born and raised that her chocolate factory is located and grows month after month. In September 2021, Vanessa received the award for Chocolate Maker of the Year 2022 for the Brussels Capital region. “
QUALITY CACAO FROM PERU
As soon as her chocolate factory opened, Vanessa chose to use organic and fair trade couverture chocolate from a cooperative of producers in Peru. This chocolate has aromas of red fruits and honey typical of criollo (red and yellow). The singularity of Vanessa's chocolates is this subtle balance of flavors. You will find in her pralines the taste of cocoa sublimated by that of the fruits or spices she uses for her ganaches. Her love for pure chocolate can be felt in all her chocolate creations. In addition to working mainly with organic and fair trade chocolate, she also pays attention to the basic ingredients. Among the pralines, tablets, lollipops and delicacies (truffles, orangettes, etc.), you will find lactose-free and 100% vegan products. These creations reflect the chocolate maker's own health concerns - lactose intolerance for Vanessa - while remaining very gourmet like her. New flavors and combinations are regularly tested, come and discover them at the chocolate factory or on the webshop. In the shop, chocolate products are also offered in bulk, you can come with your own container or reuse the tablet cases or praline boxes. This approach has been possible since the opening of the chocolate factory, indeed raising awareness of ecological issues is important for Vanessa. And since every little gesture counts, bulk and reuse of containers means a price reduction ;-) For example, 0.50€ less on your bulk tablet!
Unique quality products from local Belgian craftmens! Everything is made by hand in the workshop from chocolate drops (the moulding of the pralines, the ganache recipes, the poaching, the unmoulding). By buying from local Belgian craftsmen you are buying unique quality products, made with love and passion for this natural commodity that is cocoa. You support these independents who make a living from this know-how.
Delicious chocolates made with time and passion! The artisanal production of pralines takes time, which is why the quantities produced are limited and there is no storage. This ensures the freshness of the products and to make the most of their aromas. The total time to create a praline is at least 48 hours. Orders are nevertheless possible, inquire at the chocolate factory or by telephone.
Creations according to the seasons & yearly events! Unique recipes, new combinations of flavors, creations according to the seasons and the events of the year. This career change offers Vanessa the opportunity to express all her creativity through chocolate. The colors used on the chocolates are natural, it is often a mixture of cocoa butter and natural food coloring.
An intense chocolatey pleasure until the very last bite! We can find all of Vanessa's gluttony and love for chocolate in her creations. It combines chocolate with other flavors without distorting their taste. Whether you like pure chocolate (in bars), more refined pralines or original snacks, all gourmets will find what they are looking for among the range of products on offer.