Belgian pralines are typically a blend of chocolate and hazelnuts, which may be enhanced with additional flavoring. "Buche Praline" is a smooth, log-shaped hazelnut chocolate. "Marron Au Cafe", a powerful combination of coffee, chestnut hazelnut and chocolate, pairs perfectly with a cup of hot java. "Louise" is hazelnut chocolate with a brown sugar flavoring. These selections are available in either a milk or dark chocolate coating. The golden foil-wrapped "Gianduja" is the smoothest, creamiest of pralines - a seamless blend of milk chocolate, almond and hazelnut.
Leonidas is a Belgian chocolate company that produces chocolate and other related products. The company was started in 1913 by Greek-American confectioner Leonidas Kestekides in Brussels although he first began producing his chocolate in the U.S. Even so, according to author and editor Mort Rosenblum, Leonidas chocolate is “real Belgian chocolate, fairly priced, and plenty of people like it.” Its maintenance has been passed down through Leonidas Kestelides’ descendants over the years. Leonidas has 350 shops in Belgium and nearly 1,250 stores in around 50 countries including 340 in France. Leonidas has become one of the highest producing, widespread chocolate companies in the world.