Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house – a New York tradition since 1923.

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The history of Li-Lac Chocolates

dates back to 1923 when George Demetrious, a native of Greece who studied the art of chocolate making in France, emigrated to New York and opened his shop at 120 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. During the 1920s, Greenwich Village was a destination for artists, intellectuals, and innovators. It was in this context that Mr. Demetrious applied his chocolate-making expertise, creating and perfecting his recipes for such items as Almond Bark, Butter Crunch, Hazelnut Truffle Squares, Legendary Fudge, and other favorites, steadily building a loyal customer following among his quirky and demanding neighbors. Over the ensuing nine decades, Li-Lac became a New York favorite. When trendy ingredients and mass production emerged as the model for the modern chocolatier, Li-Lac remained true to its history and tradition, eschewing automation and trendiness.

Deemed “stubbornly old fashioned” by the Wall Street Journal, Li-Lac Chocolates is one of the few old-school chocolate companies to survive into the modern era.

 In 1996, the Li-Lac won an award for the “Best Raspberry Truffle in the Tri-State Area.” With their dual leadership, Li-Lac Chocolates continued to grow but never at the expense of freshness or quality.   

When you are in New York City, we hope you get a chance to stop by one of our five locations, sample our chocolate, and get a sense for what fresh, gourmet chocolate was meant to taste like!

We make old-world artisan chocolates in small batches using original recipes, time-honored techniques, and quality ingredients. Our selection of fresh chocolate – more than 140 items – is one of the largest selections of fresh gourmet chocolate in America. Every delicious item is made by hand, locally in New York City, and guaranteed for freshness.

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