I'll say it plainly ... the best chocolates in the world are fresh pralines from Belgium.
This is a box of Marcolini chocolates:
When my boyfriend flew to Belgium for work, I told him if he didn't bring me a box of fresh pralines from Belgium, I wouldn't let him in the door!
Though Marcolini is only one of many fine establishments holding to the fine chocolatey ways of the Old World, I'll just have to wait for another visit to Belgium to enjoy them.
However, there is a Marcolini in New York! If you're fortunate enough to live in Belgium, Paris, London, Kuwait, Tokyo or New York make sure you swing by and savor a few of these delights for me.