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Got Chocolate in East Islip: Candy Bunny Central

Assorted chocolate Easter bunnies are displayed at Got

Assorted chocolate Easter bunnies are displayed at Got Chocolate in East Islip. (March 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Got Chocolate

133 E. Main St.

East Islip

631-224-8450

It's Bunny Central at Got Chocolate. The candy store expects to produce more than 1,500 pounds of chocolate confections for Easter, and the lion's share is bunnies.

The smallest bunnies, hardly bigger than walnuts, are $1.50. The biggest bunny, a 3-foot behemoth nicknamed "Donnie Darko," weighs almost 30 pounds and sells for $250. In between are dozens of bunnies of every shape and size - solid bunny pops, chocolate-covered-caramel bunny pops - as well as eggs, carrots and some seemingly off-topic items such as monkeys, mustaches, ice cream cones, shamrocks and chicken drumsticks.

Got Chocolate fabricates every piece in four varieties: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and "strawberries and cream," a white chocolate that has been combined with freeze-dried strawberries resulting in a pretty, speckled-pink candy that actually tastes like strawberries.

The store's bestselling bunny, $20, is about 10 inches tall, carries a backpack and is filled with any combination of M&M's, Reese's Pieces, Gummi Bears, jelly beans and even a message from the Easter bunny. (The filling is accomplished by drilling a small hole in the backpack.)

Grant Allen, who founded Got Chocolate in 2001, said Easter's chocolate sales beat Valentines Day's by a factor of 10. "Someone comes in for Valentine's Day, she's shopping for one sweetheart," he explained. "But for Easter, you have people coming in - 'I need five of these bunnies, eight of those bunnies, bunnies for all the grandchildren' . . . it's a lot of bunnies."

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