Whether you are preparing to fill Easter baskets with goodies or just looking for a fun place to take the kids, nothing is quite like a visit to a local candy shop. Feasting your eyes on the vibrant colors, smelling the familiar scent of sugar, and anticipating the first bite of a sweet treat brings out the child in everyone.
Long Island candy shops offer everything from hand-dipped truffles to old-fashioned penny candies. Visit these 20 destinations with your kids to sample treats, take tours, or even a attend candy-making class. And for more seasonal fun, don’t forget to check out our guide to Easter bunny brunches and egg hunts.
Fill up on Whackies and Puck Powder at Chocolate Works. Photo by Kimberly Chacon.
Chocolate Works — Bellmore, Garden City, Manhasset, Rockville Centre, Commack, Stony Brook
These destinations have it all. The colorful Whackies and Pucker Powder filling stations are a treat. Candy pretzel pizzas are sold in real pizza boxes and the chocolate fountain flows all day. A mesmerizing selection of gourmet chocolates in unique flavors is available. Make your own goodies at one of the fun classes offered throughout the week. Birthday-party and other celebration options are available in one of Chocolate Works' party rooms.
The Chocolate Duck — Farmingdale
310 Main Street
For those eager for a real hands-on experience, The Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale offers classes for both novice and professional chocolatiers. The shop hosts kids’ birthday parties and parents’ night-out events.
It's hard to pass over chocolate-dipped matzo from Kron's.
Kron Chocolatier — Great Neck
24 Middle Neck Road
Specializing in gift baskets and personalized treats, Kron Chocolatier has something special for your special someone. Pick up a chocolate pizza with toppings such as popcorn and Oreo cookies. Visit the shop and watch the treats as they are made.
Share a milkshake at Hope's Land of Candy. Photo by Andrew Berman via Instagram.
Hope's Land of Candy — Island Park
3951 Long Beach Rd.
Step into this shop and enter the 19th century. Kids can play with the antique typewriter and piano, then sit at the old-fashioned counter and order milkshakes and sodas. On your way out, make sure to pick up some homemade fudge or classic candy.
Rocket Fizz: A Soda Pop and Candy Shop — Levittown
3517 Hempstead Turnpike
With tin signs lining the walls, Rocket Fizz is reminiscent of an old-fashioned penny candy store. The Long Island destination of this franchise has a huge selection of sweets, including hard-to-find specialties such as Kinder Joy eggs and Broadway strawberry rolls. However, its real claim to fame is the soda selection. This store has more than 500 flavors of soda pop and 60 different flavors of root beer. Specialty gift baskets and personalized soda bottle wrappers are available.
Chocolicious Chocolatier — Locust Valley
74 Birch Hill Road
Chocolicious Chocolatier caters to the chocolate lover. Truffles, classic filled chocolates, and dipped fruit are available a la carte or as part of gift baskets. The shop will come to your child's birthday party with candy crafts or chocolate tastings.
Bobb Howard's specializes in nostalgic candy.
Bobb Howard's General Store — New Hyde Park
581 Lakeville Rd.
This shop specializes in vintage candy and toys. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see brands of candy popular in the 1920s or 1930s. Turkish Taffy and Astro Pops are some of the available classics. Novelty candies such as siren whistle rings and chocolate spaghetti are sure to please. Once inside, feel the old-time nostalgia that brings out the candy lover in everyone.
The Sweet Spot Shoppe — Plainview
128 Manetto Hill Rd.
The Sweet Spot Shoppe is known for its variety of candy and personalized creations. Popular items include the "Make Your Own S'mores Kit" and "Unicorn Poop." In addition to sweets, this shop features a broad selection of gifts. Create a special gift basket with a combination of candy and unique surprises.
North Fork Chocolate Company — Aquebogue
740 Main Road
North Fork Chocolate Company focuses on artisanal chocolates made from locally sourced products. Ice cream is made using cream from an East End farm, and the store supports local artisans by carrying handmade soaps, teas, and jewelry. Every Friday is Fondue Friday, where kids and adults can dip to their hearts’ content.
Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe — Centereach
2425 Middle Country Road
Ralph Rotten's Candy & Nut Shoppe is known for its gift baskets and trays, but it also has a great candy store. It offers an array of candies, including sugar-free, bulk, and old-fashioned candy, as well as novelty items.
Bon Bons Chocolatier — Huntington
319 Main Street
Bon Bons Chocolatier is a locally owned shop serving award-winning chocolates and confections. Call ahead to arrange a tour of its glass-enclosed kitchen and watch the chocolatiers at work.
Sweeties Candy Cottage — Huntington
142 East Main Street
Packed with sweets from floor to ceiling, Sweeties Candy Cottage probably has whatever you’re looking for. Pizzas here don’t come topped with cheese, but marshmallows, caramels, peanut butter cups, or your choice of custom toppings.
Hop over to Northport Sweet Shop and Luncheonette for giant chocolate bunnies this Easter season.
Northport Sweet Shop and Luncheonette — Northport
55 Main Street
Stop by this shop for lunch and stay for an ice cream sundae. With a large selection of chocolates and candies, you can create your own gift basket for Easter. The Sweet Shop hosts ice cream parties using its handmade ice cream and confections.
Sensationally Sweet — Patchogue
18 East Main Street
The store has a full selection of gourmet chocolates, candies by the barrel, novelty items, and gift baskets. International candies from Japan to Britain are on the shelves next to local favorites. The store is operated by a nonprofit, the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc. All proceeds assist needy individuals and families on Long Island.
Enjoy exquisite white chocolate-dipped unicorn strawberries from Yottabyte.
Yottabyte — Smithtown
9 Singer Lane
Socially conscious Yottabyte focuses on the craft of chocolate making. This sweet shop offers an array of chocolate bars, dipped strawberries, and the quintessential New York egg cream, made with seltzer from Brooklyn. Call the shop about hosting a party, meeting, or team-building exercise.
Updated in March 2017 with additional reporting by Thien August.
Top photo: Vintage candy at Bobb Howard's General Store. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the shops.