Ode to Alexandre

When you open the gift box “Les carrés d'Alexandre”, you’ll discover not only 12 exquisite caramel chocolates, but you’ll also be tasting a little piece of our family’s story.

Our family business was launched into chocolate history not only by founder Leonidas Kestekides but also by his cousin Basilio. After the death of Leonidas, in the late 1940s, Alexandre Kestekides emigrated from Greece to help his brother Basilio.

Alexandre was an irrepressible inventor and thanks to his extensive scientific knowledge, the Leonidas product range was further enriched.

  • Alexandre le Grand | Milk chocolate

    ​Did you know that the orange was Alexander the Great’s favourite fruit? He was the first to import this fruit from Mesopotamia to Europe. He inspired our Master Chocolatier to forge this new alliance between orange and caramel. The lightly candied orange adds a fresh touch to the caramel with a pleasingly tangy bite.

    Alexandre le Grand |dark

    ​Dark chocolate and caramel cream make a perfect flavour combination. The blonde caramel is gently simmered long enough to give it a rich colour without bitterness. And using just the right amount gives it the perfect creamy texture.


    ​Just like Alexander the Great was enamoured of poetry, you’ll be won over by the Bergamot chocolate. Bergamot gives a sweet, aromatic flavour to the caramel. Bergamot is a citrus fruit known for its use to flavour Earl Grey tea. Our Master Chocolatier has achieved the ultimate balance between the flavours of chocolate and citrus.


    ​When you think of caramel, no doubt caramel made with salted butter comes to mind. It’s one of the specialties of Guérande, a city in Brittany. We created this perfect balance between sweet and salty to transport you to this spectacular coastal region.