Chocolate shops on Long Island

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to someone's heart than through their sweet tooth. Here's a list of the best chocolate shops on Long Island.

The Sundae Palace

The Sundae Palace (1115 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde
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The Sundae Palace (1115 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park): The Sundae Palace in New Hyde Park sells everything you need to create your own molded chocolate hearts, flowers or lips -- or to dip your own fruits, cookies or pretzels. Just pick up a few bags of easy-to-melt milk, dark or white chocolate, and a few of the store's thousands of easy-release molds. And, if making chocolate isn't your thing, The Sundae Palace sells its own classic chocolate candies and chocolate-covered strawberries. More info: 516-354-6363, thesundaepalace.com

Yottabyte

Yottabyte (9 Singer Lane, Smithtown): Yottabyte's selection of
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Yottabyte (9 Singer Lane, Smithtown): Yottabyte's selection of chocolate bars is drawn from manufacturers who are committed not only to good taste such as Vermont's Lake Champlain ("kosher certified...non-GMO ingredients whenever possible"), Tuscany's Amedei (which "seeks out the best plantation and cocoa beans...and works with agricultural expertise and environmental consciousness") and Toronto's Pascha ("without any of the additives or ingredients that might trigger allergic reactions for those with food allergies or intolerances"). In addition to selling bars, the shop has an extensive line of hand-dipped strawberries, apples, marshmallows and even something called a turkey leg: a pretzel log surmounted with a Rice Krispies Treat sculpted into a drumstick which is then dipped in chocolate and coated with Cocoa Krispies. More info: 631-656-9800, yottabyteme.com

Chocolate by Morgan's Bay

Chocolate by Morgan's Bay (9 Post Place, Babylon):
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Chocolate by Morgan's Bay (9 Post Place, Babylon): Since 2008, Nina Roy's chocolate shop has occupied the first floor of a charming house overlooking Babylon Cove. The shop's specialty is the chocolate truffle, a once-rarified treat that has become increasingly mainstream over the past decade. But Roy makes a persuasive case for her product. "Because we use the best Belgian chocolate," she said, "we don't want to use any other ingredient that will compromise it. We don't buy caramel -- we make our own. Instead of vanilla extract, we use vanilla beans." More information: 631-224-5959, chocolatebymorgansbay.com

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Chocolate Works

Chocolate Works, Multiple locations: Chocolate Works, with locations
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Chocolate Works, Multiple locations: Chocolate Works, with locations in Commack (6401 Jericho Tpke.), Stony Brook (143B Main St.), Bellmore (2350 Merrick Rd.), Garden City (916 Old Country Rd.), Rockville Centre (191B N. Long Beach Rd.) and Manhasset (346 Plandome Rd.), offers a wide variety of delectable treats including truffles, chocolate moldings, chocolate-covered fruit and pretzels and more. More info: chocolateworks.com

Serious Chocolate

Serious Chocolate at Papa's County Porch (1611 Smithtown
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Serious Chocolate at Papa's County Porch (1611 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia): Owner-chocolatier Patrice Lantier lived in Switzerland for three years and has a European preference for simple, high-quality dark-chocolate confections, but her shop stocks plenty of whimsical items such as chocolate-covered Gummi bears. More info: 631-419-6580, serious-chocolate.com

Kilwins

Kilwins, Multiple locations: Kilwins' ice cream, molded chocolates
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Kilwins, Multiple locations: Kilwins' ice cream, molded chocolates and seductive sea-salt caramels are trucked in from Michigan. Everything else is made in-house, including fudge and various combinations of nuts and caramel covered in milk and dark chocolate. Locations in Babylon (130 Deer Park Ave.), Huntington (293 Main St.) and Patchogue (74 E. Main St.). More info: kilwins.com

Emile's Candies

Emile's Candies (229 Merrick Rd., Oceanside): Emile's Candies'
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Emile's Candies (229 Merrick Rd., Oceanside): Emile's Candies' charming shop consists of candy favorites -- creams, caramels, clusters, marshmallows, fudges and truffles. More info: 516-766-4402, emilescandy.net

Chocolate by Design

Chocolate by Design (700-4 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma): Chocolate
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Chocolate by Design (700-4 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma): Chocolate by Design opened in Farmingdale in 1979 and moved to its current industrial-park location in 1993. The shop specializes in custom holiday chocolates, party favors and more. More info: 631-737-0082, chocolatebydesign.com

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North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts

North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts (740
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North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts (740 Main Rd., Aquebogue): The Aquebogue store is the first brick-and-mortar outlet for this chocolate company, which got its start in the Calverton "incubator" kitchen run by Stony Brook University. Each of the shop's truffles and bonbons uses its own blend of dark, milk and/or white chocolate. The fillings are imaginative and, wherever possible, local: toffee made with goat's milk from Goodale Farms (a mile down the road), white chocolate bonbons infused with Miss Lady Root Beer (Wainscott), salted caramels with North Fork Sea Salt (Southold), ginger caramels made with organic ginger grown by MarGene Farms (Mattituck), milk-chocolate fleurs-de-lis sweetened with The Hamptons Honey (Southampton) and more. More info: 631-779-2963, northforkchocolate.com

Bon Bons Chocolatier

Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington): This
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Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington): This store on Huntington's main drag specializes in confectionary bites and gifts, sweets such as caramel popcorn, almond bark, peanut brittle and fudge, as well as handmade chocolates, chocolate dipped fresh fruit and specialty orders. More info: 631-549-1059, bonbonschocolatier.com

Lazar's Chocolate

Lazar's Chocolate, Multiple locations: Lazar's, with locations in
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Lazar's Chocolate, Multiple locations: Lazar's, with locations in Great Neck (72 Middle Neck Rd.) and Greenvale (350 Wheatley Plaza), goes above and beyond for the holidays. Stored on the shop's computer hard drive are thousands of wrapper designs -- e.g., holidays, weddings, birthdays -- that can be further customized with any digital photograph. Within minutes, the wrapper is designed, printed and wrapped around the bar of your choice. More info: lazarschocolate.com

Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe

Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe (2425 Middle
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Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe (2425 Middle Country Rd., Centereach): This candy store has everything from chocolate covered gummy bears and almonds to nostalgic candies like buttons, Chiclets and candy cigarettes. More info: 631-981-3051, thecandyshop.com

Chip 'n Dipped

Chip 'n Dipped, (342 New York Ave., Huntington):
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Chip 'n Dipped, (342 New York Ave., Huntington): Chip 'n Dipped fits a whole lot of business into its 1,800 square feet. There's a proper confectionery, where chocolates, toffees, truffles, creams and bars (in 11 flavors) are molded and dipped. Excellent coffee can be enjoyed -- in both drip and espresso forms -- in the cafe. There's also Junior's cheesecakes, Häagen-Dazs ice creams and house-baked muffins and scones. More info: 631-470-2579, chipndipped.com

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Chocolicious

Chocolicious (74 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley): This
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Chocolicious (74 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley): This shop sells sumptuous chocolate and other sweet treats, including truffles, nuts, fruits, jellies, chocolate covered oreos and cremes. More info: 516-671-6835, chocolicious.com

The Sayville Chocolatier

The Sayville Chocolatier (6 Main St., Sayville): Signature
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The Sayville Chocolatier (6 Main St., Sayville): Signature sweets at this Sayville shop include macadamia paws, almond-butter crunch and strawberries hand dipped in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. The store also carries special treats like jumbo dark-chocolate malted milk balls, chocolate-chipotle-covered almonds and milk chocolate-sea salt caramels. More info: 631-589-6713

Schwartz Candies

Schwartz Candies (169 Voice Rd., Carle Place): Chocolate-covered
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Schwartz Candies (169 Voice Rd., Carle Place): Chocolate-covered marshmallows are Schwartz's stock-in-trade. They come in a dozen varieties, including Crunchmallows (vanilla marshmallow atop a square of English toffee), Schmore (atop a graham cracker), Caramel Bottoms (self explanatory) and Toasted Coconut (no chocolate). You'll find them in heart-shaped boxes for Valentine's Day. More info: 516-294-2831, schwartzcandies.com

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