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June 16, 2015

Lilly Handmade Chocolates

by Anne Paddock

Has your mouth danced today?

Walk through the Tremont area of Cleveland, Ohio and visitors will quickly learn the historic neighborhood is home to 29 churches, 31 bars, and 1 amazing chocolate shop known as Lilly Handmade Chocolates. Situated among historic homes (Tremont is one of the oldest parts of Cleveland and once housed a large German and Ukrainian population that has since expanded to include young families, empty nesters, hipsters, and visitors who come for the shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes) at 761 Starkweather Avenue, Lilly Handmade Chocolates is a destination point for those who appreciate chocolate, fine wine, and craft beers.

Lilly Handmade ChocolatesSeven years ago Amanda and Joshua Montague – both classically trained chefs – opened Lilly Handmade Chocolates, named after Amanda’s favorite flower:  the exquisite Lilly.Lilly_Homemade_Chocolates_Interior

Using premium chocolate by Valrhona and Callebaut and house fillings made from fruits, nuts, spices, molasses, honey, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, malted milk, wine, port, peanut butter, orange juice, black truffle olive oil and more, Amanda and Joshua make both sweet and savory chocolates that pair well with a large selection of fine wines and craft beers displayed across one wall of the specialty shop.Lilly_Handmade_Chocolates

Browse the chocolate selection which includes truffles, bars, pralines, and specialty pieces with names like “Amazeballs” (all natural peanut butter, honey roasted peanuts, Amoretti cookies, brown sugar, sea salt, and white chocolate) and your impulse will be to say “I’ll take one of everything.”Lilly_Handmade_Chocolates2

The Red Planet Truffle is made of strawberries soaked in red wine and dark chocolate topped with raspberry powder – a rich, dairy-free scrumptious treat. Or, close your eyes and bite into the Half-Past Midnite Truffle made with hazelnut praline butter, Vietnamese cinnamon, coffee infusion, feuilletine flakes (crepe crumbs), and dark chocolate, and you may think you’re in Vienna or Paris.

Chomp_MonsterFor those who prefer bars, there are many to choose from with my favorite the Lilly Chomp Monster Bar: a gigantic 5 ounce square bar made of black mission figs, roasted almonds and dark chocolate created by Amanda for Joshua, whose childhood passion for the Chunky Bar made with milk chocolate, raisins and peanut was replaced with a more grown up version treat.

The Cup of Joe Premium Chocolate Bar is equally delicious and addicting. Made of coffee, hazelnuts, almonds, espresso infused salt, and dark chocolate, this intense coffee flavored dark chocolate bar has a nutty crunch that keeps you coming back for more.Lilly_Handmade_Chocolate_Bars

Lilly Handmade Chocolates produces chocolates fresh daily which can be purchased in the store or by calling the store and placing an order. Go to the company website: www.lillytremont.com to see what is in stock and read about the chocolates, bars, and gift box options (6,12, and 24-piece boxes) that can be sent by courier locally or through the mail, and then call 216-771-3333.Lilly_Handmade_Chocolate_6_piece_assortment

The store is open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am-7:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays and all major holidays.Lilly_handmade_Chocolate_Wine_Beer

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