There have been too many vegetables in my life lately (yes, that’s a thing). It’s been 3 weeks since the good intentions of the new year so I say bring on the chocolate!
Last week I went to Lilly to send my new mama best friend some truffles in honor of the arrival of her bundle of joy. She no longer lives in Cleveland, so I thought it would be nice to deliver a little taste of the city to her door. Plus, bonus, while I was there I could also cross the first item of my Cleveland Bucket List: a cup of Lilly drinking chocolate.
I could not BELIEVE my luck when I saw that their special flavor was Spicy Peanut Butter Chocolate. If there’s one thing I love more than chocolate it’s peanut butter and when you marry the two together and add a touch of spice? I thought I must be dreaming.
It was made in a little saucepan over a burner, fresh on the spot. So quaint! And my goodness, it was indeed the very BEST hot chocolate!! Rich and creamy and so decadent and unique as anything, for sure. I was having a major life moment while indulging in this little cup.
While there, I also noticed that they do craft beer and wine pairings with their truffles which sounded like a fun time indeed. So this week, I invited a friend along for Lilly, round II.
This week’s offerings included a red wine paired with their Pistachio Truffle: bittersweet pistachio ganache. milk chocolate. (I am so sorry I did not take note of the wine).
And espresso porter paired with their Red Planet truffle: dark chocolate. strawberries soaked in Syrah. black pepper red wine reduction. freeze dried raspberry powder.
Of course you can’t go wrong with chocolate and wine but it was the Red Planet/porter pairing that really knocked my socks off! You know when you have one of those pairings that really do bring out the best in each other in the most perfect way that make you realize the whole point of putting one and one together to make a much improved two? To me, this was that :).
And so Lilly Part I and II were a major success, much to my taste buds delight. Where to next?? The possibilities are endless.