Godiva opens a shop selling chocolates, pralines and ice cream in Puerto Banús
The history of this chocolate all started with the praline. A mix of almonds or hazelnuts and finely ground caramelised sugar that was added to chocolate in Belgium to create what is known today all over the world as “Belgian chocolate“. In 1926, Pierre Draps and his family began making homemade chocolate, that today is a symbol of luxury gourmet food worldwide.
Work in Pierre’s chocolate factory quickly became a family project, with his wife and four children helping to produce, finish, wrap and deliver the confectionery.
Such irresistible chocolates deserved an evocative name, and the family decided that Godiva combined the perfect image to represent the luxury brand of chocolate. Inspired by the old English legend of Lady Godiva and her passion, audacity and generosity, today the Godiva name is synonymous with a luxurious chocolate experience, and this inspirational lady can be seen on the chocolates, packaging and merchandising throughout the world.
Praline is a Godiva classic that dates back to the beginning of this famous and prestigous house of fine chocolates Like the first creation of the Godiva founder, the Godiva chocolates have a long history in delighting chocolate lovers all over the globe.
To create the perfect praline, the Godiva artisans mix hazelnuts with an equal amount of sugar before adding heat to caraemlise the nuts. The hazelnuts powder and the oil from the grinding process are carefully mixed to create this soft, delicious praline paste. Always handmade, and following the strict Govida recipe, this soft, sweet praline is a popular filling in the family firm’s chocolate collections.
Godiva has just opened two small chocolate stores in the heart of Puerto Banús, one next to the entrance to El Corte Inglés and the other in front of the marina. The same finishing process is followed in both stores, making it the perfect way for Godiva artisans to add the finishing touches to the carefully made chocolates. The intricate calligraphy on the chocolate is created using the small paper wrappings and a steady hand.