When we stepped into Leonidas Chocolates in Ypres main Market Square, we were welcomed in perfectly spoken English, by a lovely sales clerk who elegantly shared a free sample of chocolate. Okay, this is the Swiss chocolatier's Lindt rival for me - I worked a year in Zurich, next to the Lindt chocolate factory and I'm a brand loyal fan. The Leonidas "chocolate special" was impossible to refuse - most of the items pictured below for 9.90 Euros ($15.00CAD). We were sold. I picked up the tin as a souvenir (it's not part of the special). As Easter approaches, when we return in April with our Return To Vimy group, we will go in to buy their foil covered chocolate egg Easter stock. The owners are Stephanie and Hans. Stephanie had a chat with us when I asked permission to photograph their employee Joicy and blog about the shop. She wanted us to share this Belgium chocolate experience and Leonidas has generously extended a discount card to all 200 of our group. Any diets underway at the time of travel will be challenged!
Our chocolate and goodies stash - start the car!