Thursday, February 8, 2007

Pralines Leonidas

Leonidas is a classic Belgian chocolatier with a Greek name. They make a huge variety of chocolates (their website says 100) and sell at 1,400 shops around the world (many in airports). Their website also has photos and descriptions of all of their chocolates. I wish I’d known that when I got this huge box, I had no clue what was inside here.

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No matter, it’s all good!

The Pralines Leonidas assortment has a narrow focus on all things hazelnut with a good balance of dark, milk and white chocolate. There were pralin?s, pastes, truffles, croquants, gianduja and even a marzipan or two. It wasn’t all noisettes, there was also a cherry paste and what I believe is a chocolate covered cherry (that red foil one which is the only thing in the box right now). Some had a nice tickle of rum or coffee tipped into them. There were different textures for the hazelnuts - from a thick paste to a near solid chocolate assembly.

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Leonidas runs on the sweet side, but the nut flavors are awesome. The chocolate is smooth and mellow, don’t expect anything strong or vibrant here, just some old fashioned hazelnut goodness. Oh, and the box is pretty cool. It’s a long faux leather box with two lids, the outermost lid locks the box tight with a magnetic strip but when you open it you can still gaze at the chocolate inside through the plastic window on the inner lid.

I haven’t visited a Leonidas store in person (which is odd because there’s one within walking distance of my office), but I imagine they can fix you right up for Valentine’s Day. Personally, now that I’ve tried a wide variety of their product line, I’m going to stick with the dark chocolate items and perhaps try more of the fruit jellies (I actually liked the cherry paste quite a bit and think they’ll do a good job on the others).

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Name: Pralines Leonidas
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Leonidas
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Ernessa & Christian!)
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Coconut, Nuts, Coffee, White Chocolate, Belgium

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:47 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. There is a site for all Leonidas chocolate fans; http://www.ClubLeonidas.com where you can pick the pralines individually.  No need to buy a selection when you can pick just the ones you like!

    Comment by Ari Backman on 5/01/07 at 8:30 am #
  2. Really nice these pralines from Leonidas. But I think they really turned into a multinational, and you can find its shop everywhere over the world, and that’s not always good smile, because then they have to use mass production, and your quality shrinks :D, because then the charm of the real chocolatiers disappeares. That’s why I prefer Bouchard, which also produces Belgian chocolate http://www.bouchardlescaut.com/en/node/10 , really excellent smile.

    Comment by Peter on 7/28/08 at 11:49 pm #

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