The van Houtens, The Netherlands and the History of Chocolate

With supermarket shelves stocked with a huge variety of goodies boutique stores selling interesting and innovative products and the wholesale confectionery industry more exciting than ever it is hard to think of a time before chocolate was in everybodys cupboards raingonc We often think of modern chocolate as originating in Belgium or perhaps Italy yet it was in the Netherlands that some of the most important inventions took place. Why was the Netherlands so important In the the Netherl…