by The Chocolate Dictionary

Chocolistic describes the kind of bonbon layered with so much folklore and history it gains a mythic status of its own. An example of this is the Manon Blanc, the signature white praline from Leonidas. Filled with moussey, coffee-flavoured butter cream, it is not just the delicious taste and texture of this praline that has made it the most popular in their line, but also the romantic yearning contained in its ancient name. For Manon is both the tragic young heroine in Abbé Prévost’s novel Manon Lescaut, and the pretty sprite in Marcel Paignol’s Manon des Sources, later a hit movie starring the Emmanuelle Béart. Other Belgian chocolatiers, such as Godiva, Jeff de Bruges, Daskalidès, Corné Port-Royal, and Passion Chocolat have versions of the Manon Blanc too – proof of how enduringly chocolistic the name is.

The Manon Blanc – both near and far away. (Image from: Leonidas)