Creating Perfect Pralines

Story: Creating Perfect Pralines
Episode: 5
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 12th February 2023

Trevor takes on the art of chocolate making in Bruges, Belgium and learns how to make the famous Praline chocolate.

  • As a renowned Thinking Person's cruise line, Viking provides daily opportunities for travellers to immerse themselves in the destination's culture, history, food, and landscapes.
  • In Belgium, chocolate has a rich history dating back to 1635 when it was primarily used by pharmacists as a tonic.
  • The praline, a popular chocolate treat, originated in 1857 when Brussels pharmacist Jean Neuhaus covered medicine with chocolate to mask its unpleasant taste.
  • By 1912, Neuhaus Jr. replaced the medicine with a more palatable filling and named the sweet creation a praline.
  • According to the Royal Belgian Association of the Biscuit, Chocolate, Praline and Confectionary, the average Belgian consumes 6 kilos of chocolate per year.
  • Over time, pralines have become a symbol of love, perhaps due to the fact that each one is made by hand.
  • During a Viking excursion to the Bruges chocolate museum, travellers will have the opportunity to learn about Belgium's sweet export, its origin and production methods, as well as participate in a private praline-making workshop to make delicious Belgian chocolates!

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