When my brother asked me what I wanted from Belgium, I said Belgian Chocolates! And so I got exactly what I wanted. A tall plastic clear bag filled with 20 Belgian Chocolate Pralines by Leonidas. Looks can be quiet deceiving when it comes to this particular chocolate praline. At first glance they look as if they are solid hard, but one bite will prove otherwise. The first thing you taste is the smooth, silky, creamy rich, delicious filling which melts in your mouth. The quality of these chocolates is just superb. One of my first thoughts was How do people go back to standard grocery store chocolates after tasting these?
My plan was to eat 1 chocolate a day, so they would last me 20 days, but of course I couldn’t just have 1. They lasted for only 3 days!
If you are visiting Brussels, put Leonidas Chocolate Pralines on your list, for yourself & as a gift. Trust me, this are to die for!
Belgian chocolate enjoys an enviable international reputation, thanks in particular to the fine balanced taste created by the quality of the cocoa butter. Since 2003, European Union legislation allows the use of up to 5% of vegetable fats other than cocoa butter (such as palm oil) in chocolate. This added ingredient is regarded as tantamount to a loss of quality, hence chocolate manufacturers in Belgium continue to use 100% cocoa butter. This policy is a guarantee that the quality of Belgian chocolate is appreciated throughout the world.
Leonidas Kestekides, a young Greek confectioner based in the United States, attended the 1910 World Fair in Brussels. He returned a few years later to settle down permanently in Belgium. His dream was to make Belgian pralines affordable for all sections of the population without relinquishing the very high standards expected of this fine quality product. The pralines were sold from an open window to the street. The pioneering “quillotine” window concept was an immediate success.