Leonidas bonbons stand for traditional preparation and fresh ingredients of the highest quality.
100% pure cocoa butter for the chocolate coating, the very best chocolate and treats such as hazelnuts from Turkey, "Morello" cherries from the Périgord (France), almonds from Italy, Walnuts from Grenoble (France), fresh butter and fresh cream for the fillings of our chocolates.
Do you have a birthday, a party, a dinner with friends, a romantic evening out, or just as a token of thanks. These are all times when you can show your affection or gratitude to others with a delicious box of Leonidas chocolates ...
How It Started
Leonidas, a family business
The history of Leonidas dates back to 1910. That year, the young Leonidas Kestekides, a US confectioner, participated in the World Fair in Brussels as a member of the US Greek delegation. Leonidas kestekides presents its products and the high quality of its confectionery makes it an instant success.
In 1913 our young Leonidas returns to Belgium, this time to participate in the international exhibition held in Ghent.
This time, however, he will stay in Belgium forever, because in addition to the deserved professional recognition (bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1910 and gold medal at the international exhibition in Ghent in 1913) Leonidas Kestekides loses his heart to a young Brussels woman, with whom he will marry later.
Our pastry chef, therefore, settled permanently in Brussels, the city where he would also open his first shop. In 1935 it is the turn of Basile Kestekides, a cousin of Leonidas, to take over.
As a tribute to his uncle, he adorns his products with the image of the Spartan king Leonidas.
With its revolutionary concept of the “guillotine window” Basile is immediately a great success. This concept is as simple as it is original: Basile rented an apartment on the Anspachlaan where he simply displayed his pralines in the open window.
Passers-by could buy pralines without entering the store. This concept caught on immediately, however strange it may seem. Evidence is that this way of selling, although often adapted to the taste of the times, has survived many decades and is still in existence today.
Basile is also the origin of the famous 'Manon', the praline in white chocolate with a grilled hazelnut. The star product of Leonidas.
In 1970 Leonidas becomes a limited company. For the once small pastry chef, this is a milestone in its history. That same year, another member of the family, Yanni Kesdekoglu, also takes over.
In 1985, his daughter, Maria Kesdekoglu, was joined in 1992 by her niece, Vassiliki Kestekidou, who became chairman of the board of directors in 2003. Today, another member of the family, Dimitros Kestekoglou, is chairman of the board of directors.
Over the years, the company has continued to innovate and continuously adapt its recipes to a clientele that has now become international.