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Leonidas Chocolates at Costco!

Chocolatemama Nov 17, 2010 10:09 AM

I bought a 2 LB box of assorted Leonidas chocolates at Costco today for $16.99!! This sized box normally costs over $60! Unbelievable price. Besides Bernard Callebaut, these are my favourite chocolates (yes, even better than Godiva in my opinion)! Check it out!

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    caitlink RE: Chocolatemama Nov 17, 2010 12:58 PM

    Wow, that is a great deal. I remember buying a small box at the Beijing airport and they were very expensive.
    However, my favourite would have to be Teuscher (?). and maison du chocolat (NYC).

    1. DealsCartel_Nathan RE: Chocolatemama Nov 17, 2010 05:14 PM

      Holy cow! Which location was this? Thanks!

      1. Full tummy RE: Chocolatemama Nov 17, 2010 08:47 PM

        What section of the store did you find them in???

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          Chocolatemama RE: Chocolatemama Nov 18, 2010 07:34 AM

          I found them at the Richmond Hill location on John Birchill (not sure about spelling!). They were with all the Xmas boxed chocolates near the meat dept. We cracked it open yesterday and although they are still fabulous, my husband and I think they are sweeter than usual. Not sure if it`s just our imaginations! Nevertheless, it is a great deal!

          1. Full tummy RE: Chocolatemama Nov 21, 2010 07:36 AM

            Are you sure your location didn't make a mistake? The 2 lb box is on sale online at Costco.ca for $79.99!!


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              Chocolatemama RE: Full tummy Nov 21, 2010 09:38 AM

              No, I am sure! It is the Costco I go to on a weekly basis in Richmond Hill near Elgin Mills and Leslie! I bought a box. The ones on the Costco site seem to be larger boxes containing smaller wrapped boxes whereas mine is one LARGE 2 lb box. Worth checking out; it`s for real!!!

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                Full tummy RE: Chocolatemama Nov 21, 2010 06:11 PM

                Great news!!! Will buy some tomorrow!

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                ylsf RE: Full tummy Nov 21, 2010 09:53 AM

                My friend just confirmed the same deal at the Queensway Costco.

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                  sillybuns79 RE: Full tummy Nov 21, 2010 09:56 AM

                  This deal is real! They're at the Yorkdale Costco as well.

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                  tyatt RE: Chocolatemama Nov 21, 2010 11:28 AM

                  Thanks for posting the deal I just got 2 boxes.... OMG I cannot believe the price for such a large box of Leonidas Pralines!

                  1. Full tummy RE: Chocolatemama Nov 22, 2010 02:12 PM

                    So, I went to my nearest Costco, at Warden & Ellesmere, searched the whole chocolate department by the meats, found some chocolates from Belgium, but not Leonidas. Maybe I missed them? Has anyone else looked and/or found them at this location?

                    1. jayt90 RE: Chocolatemama Nov 22, 2010 02:44 PM

                      I bought a 2 lb box in Ajax today. They had lots, in the Xmas chocolate section just south of he meats; actually very close to imported cheeses.
                      I sampled them already, and they are very good, not too sweet, and not pralines. They are mostly chocolate, and the the few filled ones are not creamy or dumbed down. This box is for chocolate lovers, and a true bargain. I may buy more for Xmas gifts, as they may not last long if the internet word gets out.

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                        Full tummy RE: jayt90 Nov 22, 2010 07:17 PM

                        Aye aye aye, poor me. Is it possible that mine is the only location sans Leonidas?

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                          Chocolatemama RE: Full tummy Nov 23, 2010 06:10 AM

                          Don`t know, but for that price it`s probably worth a trip!

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                            TexSquared RE: Chocolatemama Nov 23, 2010 08:59 AM

                            Still plenty left in Ajax, almost a full pallet actually. Went this morning and nobody but me was buying them. If your store is out, get on 401 east and head to Durham!

                      2. JamieK RE: Chocolatemama Nov 22, 2010 03:04 PM

                        Is this one of those deals where you need to check the expiry date?

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                          Chocolatemama RE: JamieK Nov 22, 2010 03:20 PM

                          Just checked the best before date of my box for you: April 17, 2011.

                        2. TorontoJo RE: Chocolatemama Nov 23, 2010 07:39 AM

                          Was just at the Costco at Wilson and Dufferin and they are out of the chocolates. I checked at service desk and was told that the Etobicoke location has about 400 boxes in stock, and the two Mississauga locations have some as well. They seem to be out at most of the other locations. She's expecting another shipment next week.

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                            Helen RE: TorontoJo Nov 23, 2010 12:22 PM

                            Expecting another shipment at Wilson/Dufferin?

                            I was there this morning as well and hunted all over for them.

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                              TorontoJo RE: Helen Nov 23, 2010 12:25 PM

                              Yes, at Wilson/Dufferin store. She said 1000 boxes were expected at the depot on the 26th, but it would take a few days to get it over to the store and out on the floor.

                              And she confirmed the price of $16.99

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                                burningrome RE: TorontoJo Nov 23, 2010 04:03 PM

                                Lots tonight at the Queensway Costco....got 2 myself!

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                                  cheesymama RE: burningrome Nov 23, 2010 06:03 PM

                                  Thank you! I'm heading there in the morning.

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                                    Vinnie Vidimangi RE: cheesymama Nov 24, 2010 12:50 PM

                                    Because of teh flap on CH I went out this morning to teh Etobicoke location and scored six boxes. There was a big skid of the stuff, about chest high.

                                    I hope that the excitement about Leonidis has more merit than the recommendations here (other than mine) for Thai restaurants. I don't know anything about this sort of thing.

                                    Costco had an impressive selection of big boxes of chocolate confections.

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                                      erly RE: cheesymama Nov 24, 2010 12:52 PM

                                      My first time at Costco Etobicoke.
                                      Nice store.
                                      Picked up 50 boxes (business Chriistmas Gifts) and didn't make a dent.
                                      Lots of Boxes.
                                      Also picked up a Dunn's Smoked Meat Brisket unavailable at both Costco locations I frequent.
                                      So, thanks for the location.

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                                        jayt90 RE: erly Nov 24, 2010 04:02 PM

                                        The Dunn's smoked meat brisket slab has apparently been dropped in Costco Ajax.
                                        They still have lots of Leonidas 2 lb boxes there, today.

                            2. Bada Bing RE: Chocolatemama Nov 24, 2010 04:43 PM

                              Cool! Too bad I have no Cost-Co nearby, but I've emailed my friends and relatives elsewhere to alert them to the opportunity.

                              When I was a young man from North Dakota spending a college year abroad, I tried Leonidas chocolates in Europe and they really blew my mind. I don't even get all that into sweets, but these were phenomenal. One thing I've always wondered: I heard that the Leonidas storefront in Germany had chocolates delivered every week and that they then THREW OUT the last week's chocolates to ensure freshness.

                              Maybe that wasn't correct, but I've always wondered how that relates to chocolates that have a "use by" date some 6-12 months down the road. I've eaten chocolate that was under a sofa cushion since the previous Presidential administration!

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                                Chocolatemama RE: Bada Bing Nov 24, 2010 06:23 PM

                                My husband and I wondered about this freshness thing as well. We wondered if they were made differently, perhaps with added preservatives, however according to the ingredient list, there doesn`t appear to be any. The chocolates included in the box don`t include the creamier fillings, however and I think perhaps they chose the assortment based on the fillings that would last longer? A couple of my favourites are not in the box, but given the price it is still an amazing deal!

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                                  Bada Bing RE: Chocolatemama Nov 25, 2010 06:55 AM

                                  Yeah, no cream fillings. That makes sense.

                                  Now, I'm headed back to my sofa to find more locally available chocolate...

                              2. syoung RE: Chocolatemama Nov 24, 2010 09:07 PM

                                Lets not overhype here! I bought a box and looking the the 1st 2 layers right now and it consists of plain milk and dark chocolate wafers (lots of them) and the rest have either chocolate or caramel fillings. No other flavours or variety. It's pretty basic stuff. I'd rather have less quantity and more variety but that's just me. It's still good chocolate but nothing I'd write home about.

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                                  Chocolatemama RE: syoung Nov 25, 2010 06:36 AM

                                  Syoung, you`re right. More variety would be nice since I do miss the ganache fillings as those are my favourites, but for the same price, you would normally get only about a dozen chocolates!!!

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                                    syoung RE: Chocolatemama Nov 25, 2010 10:14 AM

                                    Yes, chocolate truffles are are a different animal and way more expensive and there are definitely none of those in the Costco Leonidas! As I said, $17 is a good deal as long as you know you're buying quantity.

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                                      LovelyAsia RE: syoung Nov 25, 2010 01:25 PM

                                      Is this the same Leonidas that sell in the Loblaws at Bathurst and St. Clair? I was excited about trying them but found them very waxy and not that flavourful... then again, I am sort of spoiled, my father in law brings me back fresh made chocolates from Switzerland every year! :)

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                                        syoung RE: LovelyAsia Nov 28, 2010 08:22 PM

                                        Yes, the same Leonidas as the one at Loblaws.

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                                          bigpestle RE: syoung Nov 29, 2010 12:32 AM

                                          How much are they at Loblaws?

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                                  kerosundae RE: Chocolatemama Nov 25, 2010 01:45 PM

                                  Great deal, not on a great chocolate, too buttery and sweet for me without the intense chocolate flavor. beats most chocolates you can buy in a box in the states though.

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                                    caitlink RE: kerosundae Nov 25, 2010 02:22 PM

                                    Does anyone know which locations in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough?
                                    Tried mkm and 14th yesterday but did not find any. thx.

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                                      TexSquared RE: caitlink Nov 25, 2010 02:59 PM

                                      Drive east to Ajax, plenty of Leonidas left here. Take 401 east to Salem Road, Costco is at northwest corner of Kingston and Salem.

                                      I avoid the Scarborough (Warden/Ellesmere) Costco like the plague.

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                                        Chocolatemama RE: caitlink Nov 25, 2010 04:51 PM

                                        The Richmond Hill location on John Birchall Rd still had some today. It is located near the intersection of Leslie and Elgin Mills.

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                                        mlukan RE: kerosundae Nov 25, 2010 02:56 PM

                                        Agreed on the quality of chocolates, not that great. I can't imagine I'd want to pay more for them than the 16.99. They are far too sweet for my taste in chocolates.

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                                        Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Chocolatemama Nov 28, 2010 10:15 AM

                                        Did anyone get to the Wilson & Dufferin location to see if they are back out yet?

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                                          foodyDudey RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Nov 28, 2010 10:38 AM

                                          I asksed a friend to check and on Saturday, there were not available. But it sounds like we aren't missing anything unless you like sweet chocolate.

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                                            Toronto Fastfoodie RE: foodyDudey Nov 28, 2010 03:31 PM

                                            Opposed to??? I am not a big dark chocolate fan nor am I a fan of waxy, artificial chocolate. I do like the Lindor balls. Will I like these?

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                                              Chocolatemama RE: foodyDudey Nov 28, 2010 04:13 PM

                                              It is funny that you say this because the reason I like Leonidas is because they are not as sweet as most brands. I do find that these Costco ones appear to be a little sweeter than usual, but it might just be the assortment since I usually choose only the dark, and the milk and white are certainly sweeter. Perhaps they are sweeter compared to other Belgian chocolates, but they are certainly nowhere near as sweet as your mainstream brands purchased at drugstores and the like.

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                                            farmgirl1836 RE: Chocolatemama Nov 28, 2010 02:38 PM

                                            On Saturday they did not have them in Woodbridge and had never heard of them. Today they were out of them on Wilson near Dufferin. My husband was told they were available at Costco in Richmond Hill!

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                                              Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Chocolatemama Dec 7, 2010 08:07 PM

                                              They are back at the Wilson & Dufferin location as on Tuesday night. I bought a box amidst mixed reviews and think they are delicious. Not too sweet (but I like sweet) and tastes more fresh and homemade than comparable chocolates at similar price points.

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                                                ylsf RE: Chocolatemama Dec 7, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                For those looking for these, saw a bunch of boxes at the Mississauga south store (just off dundas around 403) today.

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                                                  epsilontau RE: Chocolatemama Dec 8, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                  Costco Scarborough (Warden & Ellesmere) had a lot of these last night

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                                                    millygirl RE: epsilontau Dec 10, 2010 01:06 PM

                                                    Speaking of Leonidis....I just noticed they've opened a store on the Danforth, near Pape. Very surprised to see this. Not sure if it's a pop up or what, but it looked pretty from the outside.

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                                                      torontobelly RE: millygirl Dec 10, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                      I was at the Wilson/Dufferin location this morning. Two full skids there.

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                                                        Yongeman RE: torontobelly Dec 10, 2010 02:42 PM

                                                        I bought some on the basis of the recs here, and I'm glad I did--delicious! It wasn't until I had eaten several, that I noticed that many had hazelnut flavours. After reading the box carefully, I saw that they were called "Pralines Leonidas". That should explain the abundance of hazelnut fillings. A bit disappointing, but still delicious.

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                                                          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Yongeman Dec 10, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                          Disappointing? Even more of a reason to love them. At least then you know you'll love everything in the box...if you like hazelnut & praline, that is.

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                                                            Yongeman RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Dec 10, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                            Exactly! I do like hazelnut, but anticipated many other flavours which were not present.

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                                                    ylsf RE: Chocolatemama Dec 25, 2010 10:11 PM

                                                    According to this thread on Redflagdeals, the price of these chocolates dropped to $11.99 a few days ago. Just saw the posting today and recalled talk in this thread about them. If you bought them previously you should be able to get a price adjustment... Although, if they are out of stock at the location you are going to I am not sure how the price adjustment would work:

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                                                      Yongeman RE: ylsf Dec 26, 2010 04:19 AM

                                                      Thanks for posting this, ylsf. I'll look for my bill. I actually find the box to be quite boring, except for a few of the dark chocolate options.

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                                                        ylsf RE: Yongeman Dec 26, 2010 11:43 AM

                                                        BTW, I read after (on RFD) that Costco sometimes will not price adjust food... So, your mileage may vary (some people posted that they did price adjust....)

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