Gourmet Chocolate Shop

Lazar’s Chocolates is your go-to gourmet chocolate shop for all things sweet and delicious, from chocolate-covered pretzels to sugar-free candy. In our store, we have something for everyone. Can’t make it in to see us? No problem, we can ship our products to you.

Are you hosting a party and looking for platters that will ‘wow’ your guests? At Lazar’s, we carry mixed chocolate, candy, fruit and nut platters that will surely impress your guests and will have them craving more. Need to buy a gift for that special someone? Our chocolate gift boxes and gift baskets are a perfect gift for any special occasion. We also carry special favors for weddings and parties.

Being a gourmet chocolate shop, we understand the importance of dietary restrictions. At Lazar’s, we want everyone to enjoy our products, which is why we offer a large selection of nut-free chocolates. Those with nut allergies can enjoy our chocolates without worrying about any allergic reactions to peanuts. We also carry a large variety of sugar-free (diabetic) candies and chocolates.

So, if you are looking for a gourmet chocolate shop and are in the Greenvale or Great Neck area, make sure to stop by Lazar’s Chocolate. We have something for everyone! 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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Nut-Free Chocolates

Finding delicious, nut-free chocolates can be difficult for people with nut allergies. At Lazar’s Chocolates, we offer a variety of nut-free products for you and your family to enjoy. From chocolate-covered marshmallow pops to chocolate-covered nonpareils, these are just a few of the delicious nut-free products that we provide.

Chocolate has always been a crowd-pleaser, whether it be for a special occasion, fundraiser or just a simple way to say thank you. But not everyone can enjoy chocolate, especially those with nut allergies. With our nut-free chocolates, you can serve tasty chocolate treats at your next function without worrying about allergic reactions. 

Additionally, parents can now send their child to school with a nut-free chocolate treat in their lunchbox. Their faces will surely light-up when they open their lunchbox to find a chocolate-covered Oreo or a nut-free chocolate lollypop waiting for them. Amaze your guests at your next NFL party with our nut-free chocolate covered pretzels. At Lazar’s, we have something for everyone. 

Not only do we offer nut-free chocolates, but we also carry a variety of Diabetic (sugar-free) chocolates and candy. For more information about any of our products, visit our website or give us a call today at 516-829-5795. We can answer any questions you may have. 

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What is the best way to melt chocolate?

For baking enthusiasts, this question can be an easy one, but for beginner bakers, there are a few simple ways to melt chocolate when a recipe calls for it. You have two options: you can use a double boiler or a microwave.

The first rule to keep in mind is: low and slow; that is the key! Try to keep it at the lowest heat possible, and make sure to take your time.

A double boiler is a two-component pan, consisting of a bottom and top pan. The bottom pan is used for boiling water, which will heat the ingredients located on the top pan. We highly recommend bringing the water to a boil first, before placing the bowl on top. This helps to reduce the chance of burning your chocolate. After the water is boiled, remove it from the heat and put the bowl of chopped up chocolate on top for the melting process. Stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes as your chocolate begins to melt in the bowl.

You don’t have a double boiler on hand? You can simply make one with a heatproof bowl, preferably Pyrex and a saucepan. The next step is to fill the saucepan with a ¼ inch of water; let it boil, reduce heat, and then place the heatproof bowl over the water, ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Then, follow the same steps you would for a regular double boiler.

Another way to melt chocolate is by using the microwave. Start by placing the chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and melt for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until the chocolate is fully melted. Be sure to turn your microwave settings down to ½ power or less for all chocolate types. However, it is recommended that you melt white chocolate over a double boiler as this type of chocolate tends to become lumpy, grainy and burnt more easily in a microwave.  

It is important to keep in mind that these methods should only be used for melting chocolate and NOT for tempering. Melting chocolate through these methods should only be used for cooking and baking, and is not recommended for coating or molding. For information about our products, please visit our website or give us a call at (516) 829-5875.

Chocolate Gift Baskets

Who doesn’t love getting chocolate gift baskets? They are the perfect treat to brighten someone’s day or make a special occasion even more special. At Lazar’s Chocolates, we have an assortment of chocolate gift baskets for any occasion. Most baskets come in a traditional wicker style or “platter-style”. Each of our gift baskets contains an assortment of chocolates that will be sure to please any chocolate lover.

Lazar’s wicker baskets come in six different sizes; the larger the size, the greater assortment. But no matter the size, each of our baskets contains an assortment of chocolates, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate-covered malt balls. At Lazar’s, there is always something for everyone. Our baskets are neatly packaged and can be marked for any occasion.

Chocolate gift baskets are only one of the delicious treat options that we provide. Our “platter-style” gift baskets come in an assortment of candy, as well as dried fruits and nuts. Like our traditional baskets, our platters come in a range of sizes from small to x-large, and like our chocolate baskets, they also come with a mixture of delicious goods.

So if you are planning on treating that special someone, or want to thank your team for a job well done, give Lazar’s Chocolates a call at (516) 829-5785. We can help you with any questions you may have. 

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How to Properly Store Chocolate?

When purchasing a box of chocolates, it’s difficult to resist eating them all at once! But for any true chocolate lover, it’s important to know how to properly store chocolate, so you maintain and enjoy this delicious treat for longer periods of time.

The biggest rule when storing chocolate is to not refrigerate them! Chocolate is a highly absorbent material and can and will pick up smells and flavors from other foods in the fridge. Also, moisture in the fridge can react with the sugar, causing what’s known as a ‘sugar bloom’. However, these are purely cosmetic occurrences and don’t affect the taste at all. In the event that you do need to store chocolates in the fridge (for example, on a hot day), be sure to seal it in an airtight container. You can leave chocolate in the fridge for 24 hours, and you can put it in the freezer for even longer. Just be sure to let chocolate defrost in the fridge for a day before bringing it out.

The recommended way to store chocolate is to keep them in a cool, dry place, like a pantry. This allows the bonds in the chocolate to remain stable for much longer, allowing you to enjoy them as fresh as possible. It is important to note that you should still store chocolate in an airtight container so that oxidization doesn’t occur. Oxidization can change the flavor of chocolate in unsatisfactory ways. Don’t forget to keep chocolate away from all light source, as it can have the same effect as oxidization!

When you store chocolate properly, you can keep it fresh for long periods of time. In fact, plain dark chocolate will stay fresh for approximately two years! Plain milk chocolate stays good for about a year, while plain white chocolate lasts for about four months. It is important to note that this doesn’t apply to assorted chocolates that have filled centers, nuts, etc. These types of chocolates, however, can keep nicely for a few months if stored properly.

Do you have leftover chocolates from an event? Now you know how to preserve the unbeatable taste of Lazar’s Chocolate for as long as you can resist them! For more information or if you have any questions, make sure to visit our website or give us a call today at (516)-829-5785.

Chocolate Party Favors

There’s no sweeter way to say ‘thank you’ than with chocolate party favors! Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, bridal shower or any celebration, chocolate favors are a delicious treat that all guests can enjoy. At Lazar’s Chocolate, our tried and true family recipe has been around for 70 years and counting. Currently, at our two New York locations, we strive for perfection every day, handcrafting the finest treats with love and care.

We’ll work closely with you and your vision to create the perfect party favors for any event. At Lazar’s, we have a large variety of chocolate party favors to choose from, starting with our neatly wrapped ornate boxes. These hand-wrapped boxes are tied with perfectly curled ribbons, which will be a sure way to impress your guests. If you want to go bigger, take a look at our small gift bags with individually wrapped chocolates for an even greater surprise! To suit every occasion, we’ve also got endlessly fun, molded chocolate pops and shaped chocolates that can work with any occasion. Some examples are:

Princess Crowns
Baby Shirts
Baby Carriages
Baby Booties
Initials or numbers
Chocolate covered pretzels & more!

Chocolate party favors can be used as a gesture of thanks, mementos of a great event, or simply a way to add a little fun. But no matter the occasion, chocolate party favors will always help your guests feel extra special. We also ship worldwide, so no matter the distance, you can count on the unbeatable taste of Lazar’s Chocolate.

For more information or if you have any questions, call Lazar’s Chocolate today at (516)-829-5785.

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What is White Chocolate?

Chocolate lovers have been debating the “authenticity” of white chocolate for years, and whether it should be considered “real chocolate” or not. It looks like real chocolate, and it tastes like real chocolate…so, what makes it stand out from its milk and dark chocolate cousins?

White chocolate originated in Switzerland in the 1930s, created to put excess cocoa butter to use. The main ingredient in milk and dark chocolate is the cocoa bean – which has been removed from their pods, fermented, dried, roasted, and cracked open. The result of this process are these small, chocolate nibs that have been ground together to create chocolate liquor. Chocolate liquor is then separated into cocoa solids (which creates the flavor) and cocoa butter (which is the excess fat). White chocolate is defined by its mild flavor and creamier texture, which differentiates itself from milk and dark chocolate.

Most manufacturers and retailers sell a cheap, bland version of white chocolate, that gives it a bad reputation. Instead of real white chocolate, they use compound coating or melting chips that is considered to be waxy and bland. This type of chocolate does not contain cocoa butter, and its coating comprises of vegetable oil, combined with palm kernel oil, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, and cottonseed oils. 

Real white chocolate contains cocoa butter, along with sugar, milk products, lecithin, and Vanilla or Vanillin. At Lazar’s, we always use REAL white chocolate for our products. So, if you’re looking to buy some tasty, chocolate treats, look no further than Lazar’s Chocolate. You can access our online store at www.lazarschocolate.com or give us a call at (516)-829-5785.