In the early part of the 1900s, Leonidas Kestekides moved from Constantinople to Greece and then to Italy, where he was employed as a wine merchant. As times became hard, he moved to the United States and became a confectioner in New York. In 1910, Leonidas travelled to Belgium to introduce his confections there. His delightful creations met with extraordinary success at the World Fair in Brussels that year and in 1913 at the World Fair in Ghent. He was awarded the bronze medal in Brussels and the gold medal in Ghent for his exquisite chocolate creations. With the success he achieved in Belgium, combined with the fact that he had met and fallen in love with a beautiful woman who eventually became his wife, Leonidas made the decision to relocate permanently to Belgium. He then opened tea rooms in Ghent, Blankenberge and Brussels. In the early part of the 1900s, Leonidas moved from Constantinople to Greece and then to Italy, where he was employed as a wine merchant. As times became hard, he moved to they United States and became a confectioner in New York. Nearly 100 years later, Leonidas is now an established and world recognized chocolate company with more than 100 various kinds of exquisite Belgian chocolate available through over 1,400 outlets worldwide.
Leonidas Chocolate Bars
Leonidas 50g chocolate bars are available in 7 different varieties: Dark, Milk, White, Orange, Nibs, and Feuilletine. Leonidas’ Orange Chocolate bar combines rich dark chocolate with a subtle flavour of orange. The Nibs Chocolate bar consists of a luscious dark chocolate with nibs of cocoa bean mixed in. Leonidas’ delicious Feuilletine Chocolate bar combines chunks of crispy biscuit with creamy milk chocolate.
Leonidas Chocolate General Assortment
The General Assortment from Leonidas contains a wide variety of Leonidas’ delicious Belgian Pralines arranged neatly in a beautiful ballotin gift box. This general assortment is made up of butter creams, ganaches, the Manon Café, and a number of other delicious and delightful Leonidas pralines. The Leonidas Chocolate General Assortment is an extremely popular item for gift giving and special occasions.
Other Leonidas Chocolate Assortments
Besides their General Assortment, Leonidas Chocolate also offers a number of other convenient and beautifully packaged assortments designed for individual tastes. Other assortments include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Manon Café and Monon Blanc Ballotin, Fresh Butter Cream, Orangettes, Napolitains, Gianduja, and Marzipan Fruit.
No Sugar Added Chocolate Assortment
Leonidas Chocolate also offers a completely sugar free assortment. This assortment includes ganache vanilla, manon blanc, pear mousse, praline dark nibs, praline milk, and praline puffed rice. The sweeteners used in the processing of these chocolates are maltitol and sorbitol.
Leonidas offers a Mickey Mouse box of assorted chocolates for the kids and rodent lovers on your gift-giving list. In addition, Leonidas gift certificates and party favours are available. You can also send a chocolate subscription of delicious Leonidas chocolates to be delivered once a month for either 6 months or a year.
Leonidas On The Highstreet
So far I’ve visited their 75 Bond Street store – and I wasn’t impressed!