The Lilett’ Story

For over 60 years, Lilett’ Candies has been synonymous with creating handmade gourmet chocolates and candies following the original recipes. In 1949 young entrepreneurs Jim and Lillian Manusos opened Lilett’ Candies and Ice Cream Shop. They took great pride in serving the best chocolates, candies and ice cream in their Chicago neighborhood. Sweets and treats filled the shelves of the little storefront but it was their delicious English Toffee with a delicate crunch that distinguished them from other candy and ice cream stores in the area. In the 1970’s Lilett’ Candies was relocated to Broadview, a western suburb of Chicago. In 1987 the business was sold and relocated to the neighboring town of Brookfield.

The Lilett’ Story Today

In April of 2000, Karen Gula, owner of Karand Chocolate, Inc. a boutique-style wholesale chocolatier, purchased Lilett’ Candies. Using her background in the art of fine chocolate and years of experience in candy making, Karen worked for 10 years to refine and redefine Lilett’ Candies into the quintessential gourmet chocolate shop. In the fall of 2010, Karen relocated the store to downtown La Grange, IL. With its characteristic hot pink and lime green awnings and ‘English Toffee’ pink neon sign facing Calendar Avenue, this new location welcomes customers to stop in and taste a free sample of the ever popular English Toffee. The goal of the current owner is to continue the tradition of making ‘Gourmet Candy As It Was Meant To Be’ one delicious piece of English Toffee, Caramel & Nut Paw and Caramel Apple at a time. We hope you enjoy our products and will become a Lilett’ customer forever. Visit Lilett’ Candies Gourmet Chocolate Shop at 104 Calendar Avenue (the corner of Calendar Avenue and Arcade Place) in downtown La Grange, online at or call us at 708-352-2662 during regular business hours.