For Athenians, Kosmikon is synonymous with what many consider to be our national dessert: galaktoboureko—custard cream enclosed in filo pastry and soaked in syrup. Before opening this pastry shop in 1961, Dimitris Telonis would sell his homemade indulgences from a tiny snack bar near Omonia Square. Popular demand persuaded him to open a proper patisserie, opposite the train station of Agios Eleftherios. Gradually, the Telonis family opened five more branches across Athens. Besides their famous galaktoboureko, their best sellers are profiteroles, kataifi (honeyed nuts topped with shredded filo) and tsoureki, a braided brioche scented with mastiha (a resinous spice from Chios island) and mahlepi (an aromatic spice made from the ground kernels of wild cherries).