Best known for its junk food, Belgium is the home to beer, waffles and chocolate (amongst a long list of other tasty food). When I went to Ghent last month, I let my sweet-tooth guide me across the city in search of a few sweet treats that I could snack on during my time there. I’m pleased to report that I wasn’t left hungry! Here are four tempting traditional Ghent dessert foods for you to dribble all over.
Dragons of Ghent
These adorable dragons were bought from Sophie’s Sweets and Chocolates, who offered both milk and dark chocolate versions. The milk chocolate dragons contained a nutty, caramelised interior. Crunchy nuts with an abundance of melted chocolate: a perfect treat for chocolate lovers. On the other hand, the dark chocolate version is almost like the inside of a Cuberdon. A liquidy, strong raspberry centre, it spills out as soon as you bite into it. Personally, I preferred cracking open the milk chocolate dragons, but the sight of either of these delicacies was enough to make my stomach lurch into a rumbling mating call!
Otherwise known as Ghent’s ‘little noses’, the triangle-shaped sweets on the right of the above image are likeable to the UK’s Jelly Babies. Sink your teeth into the smooth exterior of this little pyramid to find a gelatinous raspberry inside. It’s so sweet it feels like you’re licking up sugar.
These small sweets were actually created by accident by a pharmacist in the 19th century. After experimenting on syrup based medicine, he unexpectedly created a form of syrup which would harden on the outside, but remain in liquid form on the inside. Rather than using this invention as a form of medicine, he offered the idea to the candy industry. Not long after, the Cuberdons were born.
This was a spontaneous buy from the local supermarket, Aula. Flantaart Stuk has the same almost-wobbly consistency as cheesecake and the same fresh, flaky crust of a recently made pastry. One bite in and the light, delicate taste of custard and cream floats onto your tastebuds. It’s quite a sweet dessert and reminded me of an Egg Custard, another traditional dessert belonging to the UK.
Belgian Waffle (ft. white chocolate)
If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will! Bought from one of the many pop up stands around Ghent, the Belgian Waffle was otherworldly. This may not be the best looking Belgian Waffle out there, but let’s focus on the taste. The combination of the crispy outside and fluffy inside of the waffle paired with the smoothness of the white chocolate is enough to make your teeth ache just by imagining it, nevermind eating it. It was a struggle to eat all of it due to how quickly the dessert becomes sickly, but its definitely worth a try!
Would you try any of these delicious sweets? Or recommend anything better? Let me know in the comments down below! 😀