Thinking of using this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth? Take things one step further by indulging in homemade versions of the classic candy bars you’ve enjoyed since your youth. Whether you’re single or taken, these high-end and house-made takes on your beloved childhood sweets are sure to bring back those lovin’ feelings….
If sinking your teeth into a thin layer of chocolate and a thick peanut butter center sounds like your youth, you'll swoon over Eat Chic Chocolates' Brooklyn-made peanut butter cups. Stuffed with homemade, dry-roasted nut butters (peanut butter, cashew butter, pumpkin spice almond butter, and maple pecan butter) and draped in responsibly sourced craft chocolate by TCHO, the bite-sized flavor bombs are a vice about which you can feel good. Order at eatchicchocolates.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
While the self-described "dessert archaeologists" over at Baked NYC are all about delving into America's deepest dessert roots, they didn't have to dig too deep to find the inspiration behind one of their most idyllic dishes. Drizzle shortbread with salted caramel, top with chocolate ganache, and sprinkle with fleur de sel, and you’ve got an upscale, hand-made version of the always-tempting Twix—which is arguably even more delicious than the original. 359 Van Brunt St., 718-222-0345; 279 Church St., 212-775-0345
While a traditional Korean restaurant may not be where you'd expect to find an expertly deconstructed take on a convenience store delicacy, Gaonnuri defies expectations. The Snickers Bar dessert artfully arranges "Snickers cremeux," malt mousse, cocoa nib tuiles, and salted caramel ice cream on one Instagram-worthy plate for the ultimate fancy childhood flashback. 1250 Broadway, 212-971-9045
The coconut-laden Mounds bars get a makeover with Penelope NYC's Magic Bar—a graham cracker base topped with walnut, chocolate chips, and, of course, coconut. Blending the texture of a cookie with the flavors of a candy bar, the creation allows for the best of both calorie-filled worlds. 159 Lexington Ave., 212-481-3800
Serving up everything but the theme song, dinnertable—The Garret East's secret back restaurant—is satiating child-like chocolate cravings with its unique version of the iconic Kit-Kat Bar. Chef Ricardo Arias' custom-made hazelnut wafer covered in dark chocolate is perched atop a matcha sundae, giving the sophisticated dessert a playful nod to the past. 206 Avenue A, email@example.com
There's something to be said of seamlessly-executed simplicity, and fans of the classic Hershey's chocolate bar will undoubtedly agree. For those who seek a slightly more artisanal iteration of the American icon, Eli Zabar—an NYC institution—creates elevated versions of the basic chocolate bar using 56% milk, dark, and white chocolate. Toppings, such as toasted nuts and candied fruits are optional for the more adventurous sweet teeth. Purchase at elizabar.com, at the flagship market at 1411 Third Ave., 212-717-8100 or at Eli's Essentials cafes at 1291 Lexington Ave., 939 Madison Ave., 1270 Madison Ave., 189 E. 79th St.
If you’d prefer your candy decadence in drinkable form, Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar’s Almond Chocolate Martini is a twist on the Almond Joys of your youth. The classic, sippable spin on a candy bar is infused with Stoli vanilla, Frangelico, and crème de cacao, garnished with chocolate shavings and almonds, and served with hazelnut truffles. 11 W. 31st St., 212-714-2992
Though perhaps not technically a candy bar, the Rice Krispies treat is a gooey tale as old as time, and thus, the cause of nostalgia far and wide. Treat House takes the sticky squares to the next level by topping them with everything from chocolate ganache to cookie crumbs to chocolate-dipped pretzels. 452 Amsterdam Ave., 212-799-7779
If you're the type who takes particular pride in your culinary prowess and would prefer to devise your own dream candy bar, ifonly.com partners with Voilà Chocolat’s Upper West Side boutique in order to offer chocolate aficionados the opportunity to ideate, create, and consume their ideal chocolate bar. A chocolatier will guide guests through the steps of creating six whole original chocolate bars during the interactive (and indulgent) workshop. Voilà Chocolat: 221 W. 79th St.; If Only: 415-376-4640; more info on ifonly.com