Last week in Amsterdam, I had a make-up session with the talented Joeri Vanhove, owner of the amazing store, Red Carpet Queen. In conversation with Joeri, we were talking about all things food and dining related in our respective countries and he mentioned that Belgium is home to delicious, and gourmet food. Everywhere you go, they do it gourmet in that country. I hung on to this gem of information and decided to do a bit of research, having never been to Belgium myself.
I came across a delicious looking candy and confectionary shop that has 10 locations across Belgium called Moeder Babelutte. The story behind Moeder Babelutte began in 1850 when a woman named Rosalie Desmat and her husband moved to Heist, Belgium. While her husband worked, Rosalie made batches of her mother’s recipe for a candy called Butter Babelutte, which she sold to weathly English and French children who were visiting the coastal town. A babelutte is like a caramel made with brown sugar, milk, wheat flour, cinnamon and biscuits. The candy became so popular with the residents of Heist, Rosalie’s candy making turned into a business, Moeder Babelutte. Over 100 years later, Moeder Babelutte has been revived and expanded. Has anyone been to Belgium and tried a Moeder Babelutte caramel or chocolate? I can’t wait to go.
All photos via Moeder Babelutte