CLEVELAND — Can you picture Valentine's Day without chocolate? It doesn't seem right. That's like separating peanut butter and jelly ... don't do it!
Sure, you want to give your sweetie the best, but is breaking the bank worth it? According to Lilly Handmade Chocolates in Old Brooklyn, the answer is yes.
"Absolutely, it is. You aren't paying for chocolate or sweets, you're paying for the experience, the knowledge, the know how," said owner Amanda Montague.
Lilly's signature truffles are a tad pricey at $2.25 a piece. But, Montague says there's a reason for it: It's all a labor of love.
"They're very time consuming, so the process of making the truffles takes us six to eight hours depending on how many we're doing."
When it comes to boxed chocolate, can you taste the difference? We snagged our three resident taste testers at Channel 3 to sample four different chocolates with different price points. The catch? Our testers were blindfolded!
We gave them four pieces of chocolate to try and asked them to rank them from least expensive to most expensive.
Here's what they sampled:
Russell Stover -- $3.99 for a 20-count box.
Lindt -- $11.49 for a 12-count box.
Godiva -- $9.99 for a nine-count box.
Christopher Elbow -- $48.99 for a 20-count box.
**Watch above to see their reactions to the chocolates!**
In the meantime, know this: you don't need to empty your wallet to win over your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. As we found out, there's a middle ground on this sweet road to love.