The chocolaterie and patisserie was founded by Robbert van Velze and Deborah Kilroy more than 5 years ago, but remains one of the less known chocolate place in Amsterdam. This might be due to its location in Amsterdam Oost, which is still a fairly underrated part of the city. However, van Velze is just another good reason for a short visit of Oost2. Van Velze offers a small but good selection of bonbons, as well as other chocolate products and tartes. The bonbons are traditionally enrobed chocolates, mostly with ganache fillings. They use single origin chocolate for their products3 and have a number of very good flavor combinations.
Among my favorites was the Port/Cranberry, which has a very delicious dark ganache filling and a dark chocolate coating. I also enjoyed the Red Wine/Licorice, which somewhat surprised me. Personally, I found none of the red wine or a licorice chocolates I ate up till now really convincing4. Yet the mixture of red wine and licorice combines astonishingly well, I found. The acidity and fruitiness of the red wine is nicely complemented by the sweet, herbal taste of the licorice.
Some of their very decent chocolates…
- Puccini is really hard to miss. It meanwhile has three stores in town, and every long-term Amsterdam habitant I talked to has either heard of or tried their chocolates. [↩]
- There are many others… Visit the Oosterpark and the Tropenmuseum, have a coffee at coffee bru or beter & leuk, or a vegan burger at studio /k or a beer at the bar Bukowski. Visit Ijburg or explore the fantastic “Oostlijke Havengebiede” (including their many cafés and bars!), have another stop in Watergraafsmeer… and and and… got it? If not, just check this guide, or this. [↩]
- The chocolate actually comes from Costa Rica and is made by Belcolade in Belgium. [↩]
- We also did licorice bonbons and red wine bonbons at the Chocolate Academy course, both were interesting but clearly would never become my favorites [↩]