As many of you already know I'm a big chocolate lover. Luckily I live in Belgium. We have amazing chocolate brands over here. One of them is GuyLian Chocolates.
GuyLian Chocolates, Belgian chocolate shaped like shells
GuyLian Chocolates is famous for its seahorse and seashell shaped chocolates with a soft chocolate filling. When I was little my grandparents used to take me to the Belgian seaside during summer vacation and there was a chocolate store there where we'd always get GuyLian Belgian chocolates. Now, whenever there's a family get together, my grandmother has a box of GuyLian Chocolates for my brother and me.
You can tell I'm a fan, right? So when GuyLian offered to send me two kinds of their chocolates to review, I didn't have to think twice.
Guylian Chocolates: the classics
First up are GuyLian's classic chocolate seashells, of which there are 11 in total (including a sea horse, but let's give them a break):
- the sea horse
- the sunrise shell
- the oyster
- the harp shell
- the wentletrap
- the shrimp
- the palourde
- the snail
- the guibert
- the mussle
- the cockle
Each of these chocolate seashells carries the G-stamp as proof of its authenticity.
Nice to know: the GuyLian seahorse shaped chocolates have a tail that curls the other way than the tail of seahorses in nature does.
So, how did they taste? Well, of course, I already kind of knew as these are the original Guylian Belgian Chocolate seashells with hazelnut praliné filling (doesn't that just make your mouth water? “Hazelnut praliné”, mmm). They tasted great. You have to bite through the chocolate shell and right after you feel a crack, you get to the soft praliné part.
GuyLian actually has a great guide on their website on how to savor GuyLian chocolates.
Guylian Chocolates: the new Temptations
With the original sea shell chocolates, GuyLian had also send me their Temptations, individually wrapped GuyLian's in three different flavors:
- the original praliné
- the dark praliné, with a 74% dark chocolate shell and dark praliné inside
- the milk truffle, with milk chocolate both on the inside and on the outside
I'm always careful when a brand brings out variations on its most famous product. It's often like with a book: the original is usually best.
Luckily, GuyLian didn't disappoint. I did like their Original Praliné Temptations best, but the other two varieties stayed close to the original with another taste, but an equally crunchy chocolate layer around a soft center.
Project Seahorse was founded in 1996 by two scientists doing research on seahorses. The goal of the project is to protect seahorses and other marine life from overfishing, incidental catch and the destruction of their habitats.
With the seahorse as its signature chocolate I think it's very fitting that GuyLian supports this project. The brand does this in two ways. The first is by organizing activities and events to raise awareness about the subject; the second is by donating a part of the sales to the project. So each time you buy some GuyLian chocolates, you're also supporting Project Seahorse.
If you'd like to know more about Project Seahorse, check out the website.
I was offered a box of GuyLian Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells and a box of GuyLian Temptations for review, but I assure you that if I hadn't liked them, I wouldn't have eaten them all so quickly.