Cleveland HotSpot: Lilly Handmade Chocolates

Lilly Handmade Chocolates in the Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont might as well be called Temptation Island. If you are a chocolate addict and swoon in the presence of specialty beers, this store is your kryptonite. All of the chocolate is handmade. When I say that I don’t mean that they used their own bunny molds and just filled them with chocolate. Every single chocolate is created by Lilly. From the crazy ingredients to the designs it is all her idea. So two Fridays ago, when I was able to make it to the wine/beer and chocolate tasting they were hosting in conjunction with the Tremont Art Walk, I was pretty fired up.

Just read the ingredient lists of some of the chocolates we tried: Boozie Suzie (kirsch soaked French cherries. kirsch double chocolate ganache. dark chocolate.); Hawaii 216 (milk chocolate. house made pineapple jam. Neuske’s smoked bacon. five spice milk chocolate ganache.); and The Black Diamond (black perigord truffle infused honey. dark chocolate.). Each chocolate had its own wine or beer pairing. We tasted Scotch Ales from Ommegang and Dieu du Ciel as well as a Cab blend from Kit Fox and Color Me Purple Cabernet.

This is a definite must-see if you are ever in the Cleveland area. Cheers!

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