Chocolate shops on Long Island
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.
Chocolate Works(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
Chocolate Works, Multiple locations: Chocolate Works, with locations in Commack, Stony Brook, Bellmore, Garden City, Rockville Centre, Manhasset and Valley Stream, offers a wide variety of delectable treats including truffles, chocolate moldings, chocolate-covered fruit and pretzels and more.
Serious Chocolate(Credit: Serious Chocolate via Facebook)
Serious Chocolate, Bohemia (at Papa's County Porch): 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.
Kilwins(Credit: Brittany Wait)
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, Huntington and Patchogue.
Emile's Candies(Credit: Emile's Candies via Facebook)
Emile's Candies, Oceanside: Emile's Candies' charming shop consists of candy favorites -- creams, caramels, clusters, marshmallows, fudges and truffles.
The Bold Chocolatier(Credit: The Bold Chocolatier via Facebook)
The Bold Chocolatier, Valley Stream: This sweet shop sells fresh-packed assorted chocolates. They also carry some lovely stand-alone confections: a dark-chocolate heart filled with 10 chocolates, chocolate lollipops decorated with red, white and pink sprinkles and, on Feb. 13 and 14, dipped-to-order strawberries. (You must call ahead to order.)
Chocolate by Design(Credit: Chocolate by Design via Facebook)
Chocolate by Design, 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.
North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts, 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.
Bon Bons Chocolatier(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Bon Bons Chocolatier, 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.
Lazar's Chocolate(Credit: Lazar's Chocolate via Facebook)
Lazar's Chocolate, Multiple locations: Lazar's, with locations in Great Neck and Greenvale, 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.
Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe(Credit: Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe via Facebook)
Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe, Centereach: This candy store has everything from chocolate covered gummy bears and almonds to nostalgic candies like buttons, Chiclets and candy cigarettes.
Chip 'n Dipped(Credit: Chip 'n Dipped via Facebook)
Chip 'n Dipped, 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.
Chocolicious(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
Chocolicious, Locust Valley: This shop sells sumptuous chocolate and other sweet treats, including truffles, nuts, fruits, jellies, chocolate covered oreos and cremes.
The Sayville Chocolatier(Credit: The Sayville Chocolatier via Facebook)
The Sayville Chocolatier, 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.
Schwartz Candies(Credit: Charles Betz)
Schwartz Candies, 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.