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 offers a wide variety of delectable treats including truffles, chocolate moldings, chocolate-covered fruit and pretzels, and more.
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Serious Chocolate(Credit: Serious Chocolate via Facebook)
3 W. Main St., Bay Shore
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.
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North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
740 Main Rd., Aquebogue, 631-599-4944, northforkchocolate.com
Could there be a more fitting time for North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts to open than the week of Valentine's Day? Partners Steve Amaral and Ann Corley have been working steadily for two years to make the deadline.
The Aquebogue store is the first brick-and-mortar outlet for the chocolate company, which got its start in the Calverton "incubator" kitchen run by Stony Brook University. Until now, its confections and desserts have been available only through its website and at various farmers markets and special events.
Amaral and Corley run the rustic-elegant store -- formerly the home of Esprit de France arts and crafts gallery -- and rent shelf space to artisans whose products include Aldo's coffee (roasted in Greenport) and All for Nun soaps, handcrafted by the nuns at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton. But pride of place goes to the exquisite chocolates made by Amaral, former chef-partner at Amarelle in Wading River and, before that, a corporate chef and caterer.
Each of Amaral'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).
Chocolates are sold by the piece, three for $5. For Valentine's Day, North Fork Chocolate stocks dark-chocolate-colored, heart-shaped gift boxes. A small box (16 pieces) is $29; large (26 pieces) is $49.
North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts opens Feb. 11. Regular winter hours (in effect until May) are Thursday to Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Emile's Candies(Credit: Emile's Candies via Facebook)
229 Merrick Rd., Oceanside
Emile's Candies' charming shop consists of candy favorites -- creams, caramels, clusters, marshmallows, fudges and truffles.
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Kilwins(Credit: Brittany Wait)
130 Deer Park Ave., Babylon and 293 Main St., Huntington
Kilwins' ice cream, molded chocolates ($24.95 to $26.95 a pound) and seductive sea-salt caramels ($12.95 for 12) are trucked in from Michigan. Everything else is made in-house, including fudge ($15.95 a pound) and various combinations of nuts and caramel covered in milk and dark chocolate.
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The Bold Chocolatier(Credit: The Bold Chocolatier via Facebook)
143 S. Franklin Ave., Valley Stream
This sweet shop sells fresh-packed assorted chocolates for $18.99 a pound. 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.)
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Chocolicious(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
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.
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Bon Bons Chocolatier(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
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.
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Lazar's Chocolate(Credit: Lazar's Chocolate via Facebook)
72 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, and 340 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale Lazar's 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: 8 ounces for $12, 16 ounces for $24. More on Lazar's Chocolate Great Neck
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Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe(Credit: Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe via Facebook)
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.
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The Sayville Chocolatier(Credit: The Sayville Chocolatier via Facebook)
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.
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Schwartz Candies(Credit: Charles Betz)
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.
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