Fall Into Chocolate Heaven

One of the finer things in life, a good piece of chocolate can tantalize the senses. The fragrant odor, smooth texture and candied coating send taste buds into overdrive. Let these seven Long Island chocolate shops take you on a sweet escape.

Related Content: 7 Long Island Bakeries Making Sweet Tooths Swoon

Kilwins, Various Locations

A chocolate paradise, Kilwins crafts each piece of candy by hand. The results are undeniable. The tuttles, a mix of nuts, chocolate and caramel, are a crunchy-creamy delight. The rich truffles are also a hit. Popular flavors include raspberry, peanut butter and mocha. And then there are the creams, a worthwhile indulgence offered in creative variations like dark vanilla butter and milk maple. Click for locations and to taste

Schwartz Candies, Carle Place

Calories don’t count at this raved-about sweet shop, especially when it comes to the chocolate covered marshmallows. Schwartz has nine varieties to choose from: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, maple, mint, coffee, banana, pistachio and vanilla with a layer of caramel on the bottom. There’s also a campfire option aptly named the schmore, which has a crunchy graham cracker filling. If marshmallows aren’t your thing, there are also French chocolates, parlays and butter crunch. Phone: 516-294-2831 | Address: 169 Voice Road Click to taste

Lazar’s Chocolate, Great Neck and Greenvale

A fourth generation chocolate family, the Lazars have developed a recipe for success. Customers love the dark chocolate covered orange peel, chocolate covered apricots and any of the dipped pretzels. But when you’re craving fruit, salt and crunch, opt for the rocky road, a memorable mish-mash of marshmallows, dried fruit, maple and cream. Great Neck: Phone: 516-829-5785 | Address: 72 Middle Neck Road Greenvale: Phone: 516-484-1987 | Address: 350 Wheatley Plaza Click to taste

Kerri’s Kandies, Coram

First-time guests tend to become regulars at Kerri’s Kandies, and the reason why is likely all in the chocolate. The cozy shop offers everything from chocolate covered strawberries to amaretto chocolate swirl and dark chocolate caramel sea salt. And word on the street is, Kerri’s is the place to go for gift baskets. Phone: 631-696-4947 | Address: 2160 NY-112 Click to taste

Yottabyte, Smithtown

A small boutique, Yottabyte is creating quite the buzz for its creative chocolate presentations. Take the 11-inch chocolate strawberry pizza built on a crust of sugar wafers, layered with dark chocolate, topped with freshly cut strawberries and drizzled with sweet white chocolate. There are also chocolate berry pies, dark chocolate blueberry sticks and white chocolate and raspberries served in chocolate pretzel crusts. Phone: 631-656-9800 | Address: 9 Singer Lane Click to taste

Chip’n Dipped Cookies & Chocolate, Huntington

Located in the heart of Huntington Village, this sweet shop is everything nice. Chocolate dipped cookies, brownies, sea-salted caramels, pretzels and even monster peanut butter cups are for the devouring. Phone: 631-470-2579 | Address: 342 New York Ave. Click to taste

The Sayville Chocolatier, Sayville

Take a trip down memory lane (or Main Street in Sayville) to when you were a kid in a candy store. This fun shop offers everything from huge caramel apples dipped in M&M’s to indulgent fudge flavors like chocolate cheesecake. Phone: 631-589-6713 | Address: 6 Main St. Click to taste