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Manhattan's Oldest Chocolate House

Li-Lac Chocolates

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

We make old-world artisan chocolate in small batches for exceptional quality and superior taste – 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.

Stop by for our famous Chocolate Almond Bark, Butter Crunch, Pecan Chews, Salted Caramels and other old-school favorites.  Explore our line of gluten-free chocolate, dairy-free chocolate, and sugar-free chocolates.  Our extensive line of chocolate specialty molds make perfect gifts, and our New York chocolates make a perfect gift for tourists to bring home.

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 9 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.

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