Scott recently returned from a business trip to Brussels. Luckily, for his sake, he came home with some goodies. A couple of TinTin books for the kids, more Fleur de Sel for me, heavy duty Belgian mayonnaise for our arteries and luscious chocolates from Wittamer.
Wittamer isn't quite at the level of Pierre Marcolini, the refined, artisic, almost preciously loaded petite chocolates that are more high end. Wittamer is just a step down (which means a box of 20 assorted creme fresh chocolates runs around 15euros/$22). But both Pierre Marcolini and Wittamer specialize in amazing chocolates, both dark, milk and the fully loaded crème fraîche. Both have big storefronts in the Place du Grand Sablon area in Brussels, sort of the Soho of Brussels. Surrounded by antique shops, galleries and an occasional clothing boutique, the location is just steps away from the Grand Place and filled with that old world charm.
Fancy-pant Belgian chocolates not only include Pierre Marcolini and Wittamer but there are others, like Neuhaus, Godiva, Guylian and Leonidas.
I'm of the opinion that Wittamer is the go-to for crème fraîche chocolates - and if one should find themselvs in Brussels, the chocolatier to pay a visit.