Former interior designer Melinda Mueller didn’t step too far outside her comfort zone when she started her Hamilton-based candy business, Ruby’s Chocolates. She had one goal in mind: “I wanted to make each one a little piece of art.” Take, for example, the truffle cakes, like the black raspberry cheesecake. The chocolate cake ball is mixed with raspberry ganache, cream cheese, and black raspberry chips and then dipped in more chocolate before it’s chilled and decorated with chocolate curls at the base and a miniature replica of the treat it represents, fashioned out of white chocolate streusel, on top. (Keep an eye out for Mueller’s signature red dot on each piece—her assurance they’re handmade.)
Sample six of the shop’s best-selling flavors in a 12-piece variety pack, or go for the custom truffle cake pack and pick your own six. With more than 20 flavors, like maple bacon, chocolate cherry chunk, cookies ’n’ cream, and key lime cheesecake, you’ll want for nothing. Stop by Mueller’s second storefront, which opened in Oakley in December, to see what other treats she’s cooking up.
Ruby’s Chocolates, 6741 Gilmore Rd., Hamilton, (513) 824-5416; 3923 Isabella Ave., Oakley