Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Laurent Gerbaud of Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier to chat with him about his delicious vegan-friendly chocs! Although not everything he makes is vegan, a great deal of it is, and as you know I love chocolate and I love vegan stuff – so put them together and you have one very happy little Rachida.
Belgium is indeed famous for its chocolate, and living right by some of the best-known chocolatiers in the world, I have to admit I do sometimes stare lustfully at the window displays. Although some of them have the odd dark chocolate that is milk-free, it’s just not as exciting when you can only pick one or two things to have out of the whole shop. Enter Laurent Gerbaud, who now offers not only solid vegan chocolate, but vegan ganache and vegan pralines too!! In fact, there are 34 types of chocolate for plant-based peeps, or those will lactose allergies, to enjoy – parfait!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, if you’ve been searching for a place to find some suitable chocolate for your vegan lover (oo-er), then this is it. Plus, no alcohol is included in the ingredients, and minimal sugar is used – so it’s not so much of a naughty treat. Sounds pretty good! All the vegan chocolates are also gluten-free – double thumbs up!
Laurent was inspired to start creating exquisite chocolate by spending two years in Asia. Returning to Europe, he discovered that the food here was heavier, richer and used much more sugar that what he’d become accustomed to. Laurent’s chocolates offer a different, refreshing flavour to the other Brusselois chocolatiers in the city.
Inside the store, there’s also a coffee shop where you can enjoy tea, coffee or even a vegan hot chocolate! Just ask for it to be made fresh for you, as the pre-made mixture has skimmed milk in. You can also choose between soya or almond milk too.
And now on to some very exciting news. In collaboration, The Green V and Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier will be hosting a vegan chocolate workshop on 25 March for just 35 euro per person! There are limited spaces however, so please click here to join the Facebook Event and share your interest. At the beginning of March we will require 1oo% confirmation of your attendance.
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Happy chocolate eating!