The Washington Post notes that Godiva officials insist there is no discrepancy in the quality of ingredients used by both the Belgium and the U.S. factory. In fact, the luscious chocolate coating of all Godiva treats are identical, David Albright, the then-president of Godiva Worldwide told the Washington Post. There are, however, differences in what goes into the chocolates’ fillings stateside.
For example, many states in America prohibit the use of alcohol in candy, so the liquor that flavors the fillings of the Belgium varieties has to be omitted. Base ingredients, like butter, sugar, and cream, can carry slight differences in America vs. Belgium, explains The Washington Post, but it’s something else that Godiva credits for the flavor variance. “We tend to be led by the national palate of the country we’re operating in to make modifications and minor changes,” David Johnston, the then-general manager of Godiva’s European operations, told The Washington Post. Meaning the reason behind a lot of the differences in taste is intentionally different flavors and varieties that the American chocolate-lovers are looking for in a treat.
So whether you are unwrapping chocolate made in Brussels or Reading, Godiva officials insist you’re in for the same quality confection, even if it does carry a different flavor.