When I said I was going to Brussels everyone suggested I try chocolate shops and their fries, but bizarrely nobody mentioned Dandoy. The vitrine caught my attention as well as the presence of two shops only a few meters from each other. Dandoy opened in 1829 selling only cookies and Speculoos biscuits; no chocolates are sold in the shop. At Dandoy your senses will twinkle and dance. With oven-fresh biscuits rich in flavor, sweet in scent and capricious in the figure.
All those guilty pleasures are handmade with 100% natural ingredients by the decedents of the Dandoy founder, their great-great-great-grandfather, who created the business 180 years ago. For a closer look and understanding of the biscuits, I bought the items they are famous for. The Speculoos Sujets, biscuits molded-in human shape, speculoos chocolate, and the Palmier biscuit.
Let's taste: Speculoos: Crunchy biscuits with brown sugar and spices. Wheat flour, butter, brown sugar, sodium bicarbonate, spices. You surely know Lotus biscuits, those famous Speculoos bites but no, Dundoy's are not even close. Those fabulous biscuits are so rich, so crunchy, so fresh, with a nice butter feel and interesting sweetness. Spices are felt in every millimeter, adding finesse and enjoyment. Now I understand why they're famous.
Not an everyday treat, but something you have to try if visiting Brussels. Now you know about Dandoy and what to expect. Put it on the list of places to visit on your next trip to Brussels.