How is Chocolate Made?

It all begins with the cacao tree which grows large pods containing seeds known as cacao. These trees need a rainforest climate to grow, so they’re only found around the equator. The pods hang from the trunk and the thickest branches, and when they’re ripe for harvest they’ll turn a yellowish-orange color. Then, the seeds are extracted from the pod along with the surrounding pulp for cleaning.

The seeds are cleaned by hand and then wrapped in banana leaves for the fermentation process, which takes 2-9 days. The seeds then need to be dried, a process in which they’re placed on mats and left under the sun for one to two weeks. They’re turned over with a rake to ensure they dry consistently. Now, they’re finally ready to be shipped to the factory of the processor.

In the factory, the seeds are cleaned and slowly roasted to develop the flavor. Then, the seeds are shelled through a process called winnowing, which extracts the nibs or “meat” of the seed from the shell. The nibs are then ground into a cocoa mass, which under high pressure can become either cocoa butter or cocoa powder.

Now, the chocolate process begins. The cocoa mass is mixed with cocoa butter and a sweetener to make the actual chocolate. These ingredients are ground into a paste, and if the desired chocolate is milk chocolate, then milk powder is added here. This is then put through a process called conching, which heats, rolls, kneads and aerates the mixture. More cocoa butter and soy lecithin can be added here to reach the desired fluidity.

Finally, once it’s tempered (meaning brought to a certain temperature), it can be delivered to the chocolatier who uses it in their own unique way! The possibilities are endless, and every day all around the world, those treats are used by people to share love and happiness.

You can always count on Lazar’s for some delicious chocolatey treats! Discover our selection on our website or give us a call at (516) 829-5875.

Corporate Chocolate

Corporate chocolate is considered to be a large order that can be delivered to any place at any time of the year. If you are a business owner that would like to treat your employees during the holiday season or for a company event then why not consider placing an order with Lazar’s.

We offer a variety of chocolates for everyone, from chocolate-covered almonds to chocolate covered pretzels. Chocolates are not the only sweet treats we carry, you can also choose from a selection of mixed fruits and nuts and candy. You can also order nut and sugar-free chocolates and candy for those with dietary restrictions.

All corporate chocolate orders completed and handled with care by our owners Jeff, Richard and Marc. The holiday season is a busy one if you are thinking about placing an order for a party or event, we recommend you do it as soon as possible. If you’re not sure what you want, we can give you suggestions to help make the decision a little easier. Our platters are always a favorite as they offer a variety of sweet treats.

Corporate chocolate orders are the best way to treat a group during a staff meeting, gathering or party. For more information about any of our products visit our website, if you have any questions or wish to place an order give us a call at (516) 829-5785.

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Personalized Chocolate Bars

Personalized chocolate bars are the way to treat that special someone, no matter the occasion. Imagine the look on their faces when they open their gifts and find their name on it. It’s a sweet and personal way to say thank you for all that you do.

At Lazar’s, you can have a chocolate bar personalized for several occasions such as graduation, birthdays, engagements, weddings, and more. Each chocolate bar comes in milk, dark, white and 72% extra dark chocolate varieties. You can purchase them in 8, 16, and 32-ounce sizes.

A personalized chocolate bar can make a great holiday gift for your child’s teacher and even their bus driver. Speaking of school, did your child recently received a college or university acceptance letter? Congratulate them with a chocolate bar with the name of their school written on the wrapper. If you need a variety of options to place in one order, we offer a stock option. All you have to do is choose the type of occasions that you need and the type of chocolate.

So if you are looking for personalized chocolate bars, visit our website and search for the catalog link. Once you are there, all of the personalized options will be under the “Chocolate WishBars” link. If you have any questions about any of our products give us a call at (516) 829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have.

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Panned Chocolates

Our panned chocolates are perfect for those who love chocolate covered fruit and nuts. Each of our panned chocolates come in milk, dark and extra dark chocolate. If you are looking for a little extra kick in your chocolate, we recommend our chocolate-covered espresso and coffee beans. For a different taste, try our dark chocolate mint covered lentils, and if you can’t decide what you want or want a bit of everything, we also carry a Bridge mix.

Each of the panned chocolates starts at half-pound packages and goes up to five pounds, except for our chocolate covered malt balls. They are only available in half-pound. For those who enjoy chocolate-covered fruit, we carry chocolate covered raisins and dark chocolate cranberries and blueberries.

Panned chocolates are a delicious party treat and make the perfect host gift. All of our chocolates are delicately hand-crafted with care and will leave guests coming back for more. For a different treat, try our dark chocolate rum cordials, they have the taste of rum without the alcohol.

At Lazar’s, we take chocolate seriously, so if you are looking for a sweet treat with a twist, try our panned chocolates. And for more information about our other products including our seasonal ones, visit our website or give us a call at (516) 829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have.

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Gourmet Chocolate Gifts

Gourmet chocolate gifts from Lazar’s Chocolate is a sweet way to treat the chocolate lover in your life. The holiday season is fast approaching, and we have a variety of chocolates for any occasion. Looking for a gift for your Thanksgiving host? We have fall colored nonpareils, Thanksgiving gift boxes, chocolate cornucopias, and even turkey centerpieces. These creative Thanksgiving-themed chocolates will guarantee to make everyone smile.

Our fancy gift boxes are perfect to gift to a loved one, teacher, coworker or neighbor. These boxes range from a 12 piece gold box to a classic two-pound gift box. For the popcorn lover, we have a chocolate-covered popcorn gift box. This theatre-style box contains savory unsalted popcorn drizzled with Swiss-born milk, dark and white chocolate. It’s perfect for watching holiday movies.

Gourmet chocolate gifts also come in assorted baskets. These baskets contain a gold gift box of assorted chocolates, seasonal foil wrapped chocolates, milk, and dark chocolate covered raisins and chocolate-covered malt balls. For an even greater selection of assorted chocolates, we recommend our number five and six baskets.

All of our gourmet chocolate gifts are handcrafted and make a perfect gift for any occasion. For more information on any of our products, visit Lazar’s Chocolates online or contact us at (516) 829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have, call Lazar’s today.

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Chocolate Novelties

What can be more fun than chocolate novelties? They are a fun and delicious way to celebrate any occasion. At Lazar’s, we carry a variety of chocolate novelties to suit any occasion, from baby showers to graduation and even chocolate that says get well.

As fourth-generation chocolatiers, we believe chocolate is the best gift and the best way to celebrate any occasion. Looking for a present for that sports fan? We have just the thing! Your sporty friends are bound to love our sports novelty chocolates. Instead of tobacco cigars, why not celebrate a new baby with one of our chocolate cigars? They come wrapped in blue and pink packaging.

Our chocolate novelties even come in animal, car and theater themes. These shapes are perfect if you are hosting a zoo or automobile birthday party, or even an Oscar viewing celebration. Your guests will be amazed by our fun and uniquely shaped chocolates that will match any party theme. We also carry a chocolate key for those who have just purchased their first or new home. This type of novelty is a “sweet” way for a real estate agent to say thank you to their clients and to congratulate them on purchasing their new home!

If you would like to have a look at our selection of chocolate novelties, visit our website or give us a call at 516-829-5795. We will answer any questions you may have!

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The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

In moderation, dark chocolate can be extremely beneficial for your health. Some of these benefits include antioxidants, improved brain function, reduced risk of heart disease, as well as lowered blood pressure and cholesterol.

Antioxidants are what our body creates to help fight off disease and illness. Dark chocolate contains many antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even cancer. Dark chocolate also carries anti-inflammatory properties, which can help the body fight off type 2 diabetes, arthritis and certain types of cancer. 

When it comes to heart health, dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and cholesterol (the two main factors of heart disease). Dark chocolate works by lowering the “bad” cholesterol and increasing the “good” cholesterol. This chocolate treat can also improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.  

Besides lowering your blood pressure, dark chocolate can protect your skin against the sun by increasing skin density and hydration. 

Studies show that eating dark chocolate can help improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate is also known to improve brain function and verbal skills in older people, which can reduce the risks of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

A dark chocolate bar containing 70% dark cacao is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium and other minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. 

At Lazar’s, we have a wide range of delicious dark chocolate products. They range from dark chocolate covered fruit and nuts to pure dark chocolate bars.  Enjoy some chocolate and benefit your health at the same time!

We are not medical experts, we only make delicious dark chocolates. So, you should always contact a medical professional when it comes to questions about your health. For information about our products, please visit the Lazar’s Chocolate website or give us a call at (516) 829-5875.

Best Gourmet Chocolate

Who has the best gourmet chocolate in town? Why Lazar’s of course. We have chocolates for all occasions, whether it be a wedding, baby shower, religious event or party. If something sweet is what you need, we have it all. 

Are you looking for something to bring to a party? At Lazar’s, we carry a selection of platters each containing an assortment of our finest chocolates that will satisfy the sweet tooths of your guests. If party favors are what you are looking for, you can even customize your party favor boxes with colored ribbon and foil.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the best gourmet chocolate, which is why we carry sugar and nut-free chocolates. Our nut-free chocolate products are made in a dedicated peanut-free facility, so those with nut allergies can enjoy our chocolates without worrying about allergic reactions.

We don’t mean to brag, but when it comes to gourmet chocolate, we make it the best. And as fourth-generation chocolatiers, we always put our heart and soul into every chocolate product we make. For more information about any of our products, visit our website or give us a call at 516-829-5795. We can answer any questions you may have.

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Chocolate Wedding Favors

If you are planning a wedding, why not consider chocolate wedding favors to thank your guests for attending your special day? At Lazar’s, we carry six varieties of boxes to choose from. Each box is perfectly wrapped, containing two or more assorted chocolates. 

Each of our chocolate boxes is unique in their own way. For our 2 x 2 and 4 x 4 favors, you can choose between gold, silver and white boxes. We also offer 3 x 3 and 4 x 4 clear acetate boxes. Each of these five boxes can be wrapped with a curled ribbon with a color of your choice, as well as a customized printed ribbon with your special day printed on it.

Choose Lazar’s chocolate wedding favors and get our four and eight-piece boxes, offering a variety of different chocolates within one box. Each of these boxes contains nuts, truffles, caramels, and even a chocolate-covered pretzel. What a surprise! 

When purchasing Lazar’s chocolate wedding favor boxes, you are sure to get delicious, finely crafted chocolates by a fourth-generation family of chocolate experts. For more information on our chocolate favors or any of our other products, you can visit us online or give us a call at (516) 829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have!

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Signature Chocolate Bars

Who doesn’t love signature chocolate bars? These nicely wrapped, solid pieces of deliciousness can turn a bad day into a better one! At Lazar’s, our chocolate bars come in 3-ounce and 8-ounce packages. They range from milk chocolate to 85% dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits like reducing the risk of heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Dark chocolate can even help improve brain function and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Can you think of a better reason for eating chocolate, other than for the taste? 

If you are looking to try a signature chocolate bar with a unique taste of savory and sweet, try our dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt. It will satisfy any salty and sweet craving. If sea salt and dark chocolate are not your ideal combination in a chocolate bar, we also carry traditional Milk Chocolate. For those looking for a smooth but bitter taste, try our 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate; this dark chocolate pairs very well with coffee! 

There are no golden tickets in our signature chocolate bars, only high-quality chocolate made by a family of chocolatiers. If you would like to visit our shop, we have two locations to serve you; one in Greenvale and one in Great Neck. You can also visit us online or give us a call at (516) 829-5785. We will answer any questions you might have!

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