Feel Like a Kid in a Candy Shop at Chocolate Works
As soon as you walk into Chocolate Works in Stony Brook Village, the first things you notice is how absolutely amazing it smells in here.
At any given time, there are 100 pounds of fresh chocolate warming in the giant vats and the fragrance fills the shop. The walls and showcases are filled with delightful treats, including an extensive assortment of Belgian chocolate, hand-dipped pretzels, cookies, marshmallows and fruits; theme-molded chocolate, gourmet truffles, bark chocolate and more. You can also get custom-made chocolate for a special gift, corporate event or to use as party favors.
“When people come here, even adults, they feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Bernice Fehringer, who operates the shop with her sister, Carole Massi.
Much of the chocolate here is artisanal; hand-made by Fehringer, who is a former pastry chef and a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. She served as the primary chocolatier for two years prior to buying the shop here in Stony Brook earlier this year.
“There is a craftsmanship that goes into it that people really like,” Fehringer said. “There’s a process, melting it in a way to get the perfect shine and crispness.”
And because the chocolate is made in small batches, it’s always fresh. The taste and quality of genuine Belgian Chocolate is extraordinary, and you’ll find hand-made truffles in exquisite designs and flavors including raspberry, red velvet, caramel, champagne, cupcake, hazelnut and more.
“It’s all unique; the kind of things you won’t find in the big chain stores,” Carole Massi, co-owner, said. You can also get sugar-free chocolate here.
There’s also a 20 foot-long wall of candy with four rows and over one hundred different bins featuring old-fashioned, new and novelty items. Customers can fill a bag with their choice.
While many people come in with their kids and family, the shop also has a lot of regulars who come in to “get their chocolate fix,” Fehringer said. “A lot of people have their favorites or they come in to see what’s new or to find a gift for someone.”
The shop has an old-fashioned comfortable feel to it that is inviting and warm. There are tables and chairs where customers can enjoy their treats. During the cooler months, people also like to order the hot chocolate.
Chocolate Works isn’t just a candy shop. It’s a working facility where you can come to watch and even participate in making your own chocolate.
Special event, workshops and tastings are held throughout the year. One of the biggest draws is children’s birthday parties, where the group can make a chocolate and enjoy other festivities. Other events are held regularly for Boy and Girl Scouts, Ladies Night, Paint Nights and more. The shop also welcomes special needs groups to come and make a chocolate and enjoy games and other activities.
During special events a large chocolate waterfall is turned on. Customers are invited to send cookies, pretzels or other goodies through the falls and then to decorate it and enjoy the fresh-coated yumminess.
Coming here to the shop in Stony Brook is an experience.
Chocolate Works is always changing the in-store assortment, bringing in new novelty and special holiday items. And they are willing to work with customers to create the perfect item for wedding favors, showers or other events. For example, you can get a two-foot tall egg for Easter, or bottle or booties chocolates for a baby shower. Dove-shaped chocolates are perfect for Baptism parties; or chocolate bowling pins and balls make great giveaways for a bowling team. You can also find baseballs and bats, artist palettes, ballet slippers and more, all shaped from chocolates. And Chocolate Works even has a process for using sugar paper to screen print photos, logos or other custom designs on to a chocolate.
For a quick gift, you’ll find pre-boxed assortments of specialty chocolates in the shop, or you can pick the chocolates of your choice to fill different sized gift boxes. The store is happy to add a bow or ribbon.
A very unique item is an actual wine bottle dipped in chocolate. The bottle is coated so as not to ruin the label when it’s covered in chocolate. The chocolate can be eaten by pulling a ribbon and peeling it off.
The shop also creates fruit colorful and delicious fruit ‘bouquets’ that can be ordered through 1-800-FLOWERS or ordered online. Massi makes the items and delivers them fresh the same day.
Both sisters agree that owning and running a candy shop never really feels like work. And they love seeing the look of delight on their customer’s faces when they come in and see the assortment and quality. And, they say, it’s not just kids who feel that way.
“We want you to come here and leave happy,” Massi said. And people do!
143B Main Street
Stony Brook, NY 11790