Chocolate Works Opens In Manhasset


A new store just opened in Manhasset and it’s pretty sweet, literally.

Chocolate Works, owned by Ann and Brian Jackelow of Manhasset, brings its interactive chocolate factory experience to 346 Plandome Road, the franchise’s third Long Island location.

“After attending a friend’s child’s birthday party at the Valley Stream location, I knew Manhasset needed to have a Chocolate Works of its own,” says Ann Jackelow. “At first I didn’t think I’d be the one to open it, but when I thought of the perfect location, I knew we had to do it. We have very strong ties to the community and the idea of bringing so much sweet happiness to our town is really fun.”

The store opened for business last Friday and will host an official Grand Opening Event on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

“The thing that makes Chocolate Works so unique is that it’s not just a retail store, and it’s not just a birthday party place,” says Jackelow. “I think the consensus is that Manhasset, especially Plandome Road which is the equivalent of our Main Street, can really use a fun place for kids (of all ages) to go and have a good time.”

The Chocolate Works franchise concept is the brainchild of second-generation chocolatier and owner, Joe Whaley, a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran, whose family has been crafting and selling high-quality gourmet chocolates for more than 40 years.

“People get excited about the chocolate,” says Jackelow, “about having a new place for parties and events, and especially about the prospect of having great ice cream without having to drive to the surrounding towns!”

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