Van Houten has been around for a very, very long time. Its rich history dates back to 1828 when Casparus van Houten Sr. patented a method to inexpensively process cocoa. Later his descendant, Coenraad Van Houten, created the Dutch Process to make chocolate powder more soluble in water.
Today, in year 2011, they are still one of the top leading brands of chocolate that is sold worldwide. I am sure for most of us, Van Houten chocolates are one of few chocolates that we grew up with. I remember melting the chocolate dragee with the almond center in my mouth. Sometimes I’ll just hastily chew on the whole chocolate to see what I get from a bag of Fruit and Nut mix. I love the Van Houten Assorted Neapolitan, with Milk, Mocha and Orange flavors. It’s one of the Chinese New Year Treats I’ll attack, my favorite being the orange flavor.
At some point of times in our life, we have had a taste of the luscious chocolates from Van Houten.
Cocoaphilia aims to reach out to chocolate fanatics like me and tells us that we are not alone. Below are a few photos from the event and I hope they pique your appetite for a bar of Van Houten chocolate at the end of the post.
Do you like you Van Houten with nuts? Or with Fruits?
The different varieties of Van Houten chocolate bars.
Chocolate, fruits and a glass of Chardonnay – Simple Indulgence.
Some of the cute Canapes served during the event.
Chu Yang walks around with two trusty devices – his Apple iPhone and his Nikon DSLR in search of the pleasures that his gastronomic journeys bring. He can be contacted at email@example.com