The Chocolate Museum & Experience With Jacques Torres
Chocolate Museum New York
I was walking around downtown Manhattan to renew my passport and I passed by one of my favorite stores, Jacques Torres. For those of you who don’t know, Jacques Torres is a chocolate shop featuring delicious locally handmade chocolates. I’ve been a patron of this shop for years, but recently I’d heard some buzz about Jacques Torres opening a chocolate museum. This is the first Chocolate Museum New York has ever been home to. On a rainy Wednesday in Spring, I decided to go. I casually mentioned I might go to a friend, and before I knew it, I had 6 guests meeting me there!
You can purchase tickets in advance, but because it was a weekday not during spring break, we decided to take our chances and walk in. The museum was not crowded at all and we had plenty of time to browse the 5,000 square foot museum and get front row spots for the chocolate demonstrations.
Throughout the museum there are 8 chocolate tasting stations. You’ll be able to sample milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, Mayan Hot CoCoa, bon bond and 3 international chocolates!
Hot Chocolate Demonstration
We did the museum backward to ensure we were able to see the two demonstrations. Upon arrival, the Hot Cocoa demonstration was about to begin. Our group of 7 (4 kids included) hurried over to join two other visitors.
Chocolate Bonbon Demonstration
Immediately after the hot chocolate demonstration, we went to learn how bonbons are made!
Upon arrival, the chocolate was already melted and kept at an appropriate temperature in the large container you see below. Our host grabbed a tray and filled it with chocolate, and then dumped out all of the chocolate! She was trying to create a basic chocolate coating to serve as the shell for the chocolates.
After the two demonstrations, we went back to the beginning of the museum to explore the artifacts.There’s far too many to share them all, but I’ll include a few of my favorites. The artifacts range from tools used to make chocolate to tools used to ENJOY chocolate!
Chocolate as Art
Chocolate from Around the World
Before you arrive, you can download the kid friendly app that scans various pictures around the museum to continue telling the Choco Story! This app is available in various languages.
Children’s Playspace & Education Center
Gift Shop & Cafe
Finally, the tour ends in the gift shop and cafe where you can eat even more chocolate, or buy some to take home with you. They have a variety of hot drinks, pastries, and chocolates available for sale.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children and includes hot chocolate, bonbons, and 6 other flavors of chocolate to taste. You can probably experience everything briefly in about 30 minutes, but I would recommend planning on at least 1 – 2 hours, especially if you have children who will enjoy the play space and enjoy a little treat in the cafe before you go.
If you’ll be in NYC and want to visit the Chocolate Museum New York, you can buy tickets here.
Just to be honest with my followers, this is NOT a sponsored post. We paid for seven admissions to the Chocolate Museum New York and the thoughts and opinions in this blog post reflect the honest review of my six guests and me.