Handmade Belgian Pralines by Philip Schroyen
Born and raised in Antwerp, Philip Schroyen blends generation of chocolate mastery and the artistry of contemporary Flemish expressionism to hand craft his delicate Belgian pralines. With meticulous attention to detail and an uncompromising selection of raw materials, Philip brings to life the true flavour and character of the Belgian praline. From rich dark chocolates with nuts and fruits to light and delicate fresh creams with vanilla notes and sweet berries, every praline is a sublime masterpiece and every bite is a gourmet experience.
Belgium is renowned for its hospitality. A small country, but a country that is never small, according to the words of King Leopold II in the 19th century as long as it has access to the sea.
In fact, going one hundred kilometers west from Brussels is enough to find long beautiful beaches, and one hundred kilometers to the east and south is enough to reach the ancient and wondrous Ardennes mountains with dense forests, winding rivers and flowing valleys touched by winter snow.
Belgium, however, is also known for its delicate cuisine and world-renowned for its chocolate.
Through its history, when Belgium was part of the Empire of Charles V, under Spanish rule, the port of Antwerp welcomed the fleet from the Americas, where cocoa had been discovered, leading of invention of what we now call chocolate.
This luxurious product, which was first used as a beverage at the time, spread throughout the world. But in Belgium it had a special destiny in Belgium, where artisan craftsmen throughout history adapted it to tablets and invented the praline.
These secrets have been handed over from generation to generation, notably for Philip Schroyen, who inherited the innate sense of creation from his parents and their parents before them, which combined with an artistic perception that he developed especially in his art of chocolate, but Also at the pictorial level, by the creation of several works exhibited regularly in gallery.
He expresses, in both cases, his sensitivity and his dream consists in reconciling the creation of paintings with his other passion, chocolate.
He combines dark chocolate with walnuts or fruit, creating an image, each time trying to give an aesthetic character related to his talents and especially his experience, thus offering us a journey into the world of gourmets and l 'art.
Danish handmade chocolate since 1983
Producers of refined, organic handmade confectionary from 100% organic raw materials since 1983. Certified by Danish Government controlled ØKO, mark, German BioSiegel and the EU organic label. Awarded the Slow Foods Gold Snail all years since 1998.
For December abiding the count-down for X-mas eve every year the WOODSHADE CHRISTMAS CALENDER is awaited with NEW delicious chocolate creations from the hands of chocolatier Lars Frederiksen 2016 is no exception ,,,,
The Pralinen from Woodshade are coated with either (73% dark chocolate, 38% Milk Chocolates or White 29% cocoa contents) , pure, organic solid, mixed chocolates (73% dark/milk 38% and White 29%) Criollo, Frasteras and Trinitario - decor organic dried fruits, berries. Our cocoa beans are grown by selected organic growers in the Dominican Republic.
The base of Woodshade organic dragées are sweet Tuono Almonds from Sicily and hazelnuts from Denmark. In our copper kettles Chocolate coating is added and delicatly flavoured dusts from organic berries and fruits finalize these delicious dragées
The cocoa beans we have chosen for Woodshade chocolate is a mix of Criolla and Forasteras, where Criollo is the most aromatic and refined. The combination of the two is the reason for the exquisite taste of our pure chocolate tablets.