Like crayons, chocolate comes in many varieties and tastes better when unwrapped before consuming. Scribble out cocoa cravings with today’s Groupon to Leonidas Cafe Chocolaterie in Wilmette. Choose between the following options:
- For $32, you get a chocolate and champagne tasting for two people (a $76 value).
- For $85, you get a chocolate and champagne tasting for six people (a $228 value).
Today's deal includes two glasses of champagne and four chocolates per person.
Leonidas Cafe Chocolaterie teases tongues with ambrosial sips and a variety of Belgian-style bonbons, each enrobed in pure cocoa butter and studded with premium nuts and fruits from France, Italy, and Turkey. French champagne and blanc de blancs sparkling wine stream in endless bubbles, tickling each throat with two glasses of uncorked effervescence (a $16 value/glass). Between sips, go bite-for-bite with a friend, date, or winning water-polo team, as four succulent chocolates are allotted per taster.
Cocoa confections come in a preselected array of Leonidas classics (a $6 value/person), although the café will try to accommodate allergies. Princess Enrobée fondant pralines cloak caramelized hazelnuts in dark chocolate, and Alexander le Grand Lait pieces blend a bouquet of milk chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A bûche massepain drapes marzipan in a dark-chocolate veil before marrying it to smooth-talking pistachio. Butter cream and a praline dipped in white chocolate will team up with a dark-chocolate orange ganache and a classic truffle to serenade sweet teeth with a melody sure to replace "The Oompa-Loompa Shuffle" at the top of the candy charts.
Leonidas Chocolate Café
Founded in 1913, Leonidas produces more than 100 kinds of Belgian chocolates and disseminates them to sweet teeth the world over. Inside the cozy Chocolate Café, hot-chocolate beverages are sold alongside solid chocolate callettes, each made in accordance with traditional methods from 100 percent pure cocoa butter, fresh butter, and fresh cream. Leonidas's chefs create additional treats with hazelnuts from Turkey, morello cherries from the Périgord, and walnuts from Grenoble, with items available in-store and online. The staff encourages decadence and serves an assortment of fresh truffles such as the perle coco, which is forged with milk-chocolate ganache and coconut flakes.