Chef Phillip Ashley Rix's chocolates look like polished jewels, and they're filled with creative ingredients like key lime, Memphis BBQ sauce, and bleu cheese. Today he opened a boutique shop in Cooper-Young.
Chef Rix uses custom molds and cocoa butter in his special technique (read: magic) to get the chocolates to look like they belong in a setting on a gal's finger. Naturally, the pieces are lined up in rows in jewelry cases. The space is also part art-gallery; fashion designer Kris Keys and Latina artist Yancy Villa-Calvo have paintings on display.
I sampled the Key West white chocolate with key lime rum, mascarpone, and graham cracker. It was as amazing as you'd expect from gourmet chocolate: moist, smooth, and rich.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates sells individuals pieces by weight or in pre-packaged collections. This chocolate isn't inexpensive, so think special occasion or gift, not Halloween stash. The staff will wrap, package, and mail it to your very lucky recipient if you're shipping out of town.
Update: The boutiqe is open on Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. by appointment only, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. The location is ADA accessible, including the restroom.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates
798 South Cooper
Memphis, Tennessee 38104