Hot Chocolate Festival @ Leonidas

This past Sunday we visited Leonidas, a cute little chocolate shop and cafe nestled along the waterfront on Canada Place.

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Leonidas is a Belgian chocolate company, with over 1400 sales locations spanning the globe. While we visited, we got to speak with the lovely co-owner Aisha, who told us about her family’s history in fine chocolates, which spans all the way back to the early 1900s.

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This was called “Boho Secret,” a delicious peppermint infused hot chocolate, served with Leonidas Liege Waffle.

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Dunk! The waffle tasted so decadent dipped in hot chocolate.

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Jeremy ordered the “Jamaican Kiss,” a blend of milk chocolate, pineapple and coconut. This one was pretty wild, and is probably our number one pick for it’s inventive flavor pairing. It was served with a chocolate cheese cake square.

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Aisha was so kind, and offered us this delectable selection of treats to try. We loved everything (except Adrian didn’t eat the Marzapan, which he refuses to eat).

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There were a few notable stand-outs: the Myrtle macaron (above) — floral, not too sweet and very pretty; the fresh apple jelly — bright, juicy and slightly tart; and the white chocolate ganache with Cointreau — smooth, luxurious, with a kiss of orange Cointreau in the background.

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Leonidas Waterfront imports all their chocolates and pastries fresh from Belgium, and their macarons made from a local “secret” baker.

We find a lot of macarons we’ve tried in this city to be a little too sweet, but not here. We really liked that Leonidas selection wasn’t so sugary.

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Be sure to try a Liege waffle. Chewy, sweet and perfect paired with a hot chocolate.

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Leonidas has a great retail line, with perfect gifts in time for Valentine’s Day. We loved the charming round gift boxes with pink ribbons.

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While this is in a rather quiet area, we can easily see why customers would make it a destination spot. Leonidas has a warm and cozy charm, and offer an impressive selection of well-priced, high quality Belgian chocolates and desserts — as well as fantastic hot chocolates!

Next time you find yourself in the Waterfront area, take a walk down to the water along Canada Place, and pop into Leonidas for a little treat. You’ll be glad you did!

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