761 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland Ohio 44113United States
Cleveland's foodie flair thrives at this West Side shop where the chef-made chocolates pair with fine wines and craft beers.
If you're looking for chocolate-dipped Oreos, pretzel rods, raisins or turtles, you're in the wrong place at Lilly. These are fine artisanal chocolates made fresh daily by a young married couple classically trained as chefs. Their goal is to combine sweet and savory flavors and present minimeals wrapped in chocolate. You can check their website for the latest flavors, but the menu during our fall visit included 26 named chocolates. Some are simple: the Pistachio is a bittersweet pistachio ganache and milk chocolate topped with chopped pistachios. An Old School truffle packs the flavor of an old-fashioned malt, and the Shweetie Pie has vanilla bean butter caramel topped with roasted almonds and white chocolate. Others are more elaborate. The Mauie Wowie, which looks like a heart topped with smiley faces, includes Madagascar vanilla, Hawaiian black lava sea salt and white chocolate. The Bob, a square chocolate topped with skulls, includes Drambuie-spiked salted caramel, an apple cider reduction and milk chocolate; the PB Monster (described as an oval with Feuilletine flakes) combines natural peanut butter with clover honey, Feuilletine crunch and Himalayan pink salt. Whoa. We're not used to being overwhelmed by the description of a piece of chocolate. But the candies are good. The well-balanced flavors definitely take you on a little culinary journey with each piece; you just have to realize that if the thought of black espresso and lemon zest topped with dark chocolate makes you cringe, this place is probably not for you. The chocolates do come with a price. A 12-piece assorted box is $23, and while you're assembling your box, the owners can chat with you about which of the 214 craft beers for sale would pair well with the various chocolates. Anyone eager to explore new chocolate flavors should definitely give this little Tremont neighborhood shop a try.