Did you know that the chokotoff is a Belgian creation?
The chokotoff is a Belgian delicacy comprising a semi-hard chocolate caramel heart inside a layer of crunchy dark chocolate, and has been produced in the Côte d'Or factory in Hal since its creation.
The Côte d'Or brand name refers to a former British colony founded in 1821: the Gold Coast, now Ghana. The chocolate factory was founded in 1870 by Charles Neuhaus (no relation to the praline-maker). The secret to the unique taste of Côte d'Or chocolates, the elephant brand, lies not only in the high cocoa content, but also in four key phases: the selection and blending of cocoa beans of consistent quality, the milling and the conching, which removes water and acidity.
The chokotoff, created in 1934 and popularised thanks to the World Exhibition the following year, takes its name from the contraction of chocolate and toffee, perhaps coupled with an allusion to the Brussels word tof, meaning good. It made news again with the confirmation of what is known as the "legend of the golden strip". To their great surprise, two Antwerp residents, Jurgen Creyf and his son Louis, found the famous golden strip on the packaging of one of the sweets and sent it back to the manufacturer; they then received a certificate and a packet of free chokotoffs in return, proof that this was not just a myth.