Back To School Video Contest

Calling all teachers and parents in the New York City area — Jacques Torres Chocolate is hosting a Back To School video contest! We’re giving ONE local grade school class the chance to win a tour of the first chocolate history museum in New York, Choco-Story NY. This contest will be held throughout the month of September, during which time teachers, students and parents in the NYC area will have the chance to submit a video of their students explaining why they love chocolate and why they think they should be picked to visit Jacques’ Choco-Story NY Museum. At the end of September, the video with the most votes will win a free tour of Choco-Story NY Museum, led by Jacques himself, followed by a cookie decorating class.


THE VIDEO CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!


Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Our favorite day of the week is here, #TastyTuesday! This week we’re bringing you an incredibly easy, yet classic recipe — chocolate-covered pretzels.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need…

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag of dark chocolate baking discs
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag whole wheat mini pretzels (unsalted preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt OR topping of your choice (sprinkles, peanuts, salt, etc.)
    Yields 20 servings!

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat on the stovetop.*
  3. *To make your own double boiler, put a metal or heat-proof glass bowl or pot over a pot of one-inch simmering water. Simmering water should not touch the pot or bowl that is on top.
  4. Stir constantly. Once melted, remove from heat. Alternatively, heat in microwave safe dish for 30-second intervals and remove each time to stir until melted. Ensure that no water gets into the chocolate or it will seize.
  5. Remove chocolate from heat.
  6. Drop pretzels into melted chocolate a handful at a time.
  7. Remove one at a time with kitchen tongs or a fork, shaking off excess chocolate back into the bowl and placing the pretzel on the wax paper.
  8. Once each handful has been dipped in the chocolate and placed on the wax paper, sprinkle with topping of choice while still hot.
  9. Working in batches, finish all of the pretzels.
  10. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for at least an hour for chocolate to harden.

Don’t forget to share your creations with me on Instagram by using #JacquesTorres, or tagging @JacquesTorres in your post to be featured on my Instagram feed!

The original recipe was created by Skinny Ms.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

This #TastyTuesday, we’re putting a twist on your favorite chocolate chip cookie and stuffing it with Oreo’s! Find your inner cookie monster, and let’s get started.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need…

  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 ½ ounces) cake flour
  •  cups (8 ½ ounces) bread flour
  • ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate discs or féves, at least 60 percent cacao content
  • Flaky sea salt, like Maldon
  • 1 bag Oreo Cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until pale and light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
  5. Stir in chocolate pieces without breaking them.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, take one scoop of the cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie. Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo Cookie.
  7. Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo Cookie is enclosed with dough.
  8. Place onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Don’t forget to share your creations with me on Instagram by using #JacquesTorres, or tagging @JacquesTorres in your post to be featured on my Instagram feed!

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Our favorite day of the year has finally arrived — National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! To celebrate, we’re bringing you Jacques’ world famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, as seen in the New York Times.

When making these cookies, keep the following points in mind:

  1. Turn any chocolate discs that are poking up from the dough horizontally so that they melt evenly into the cookie.
  2. If you want your cookies to have a cake-like texture, replace one of the egg with two egg yolks.
  3. Get creative! Add your favorite nuts, raisins, or other sweet dried fruits for a personal flavor.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need…

  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 ½ ounces) cake flour
  • 1  cups (8 ½ ounces) bread flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate discs or féves, at least 60 percent cacao content
  • Flaky sea salt, like Maldon

Let’s get started

  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugars together until very pale and light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in chocolate pieces without breaking them.
  5. Press plastic wrap against dough chill in the refrigerator for 24-72 hours. Dough can be used all at once, or in batches.
  6. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Scoop 6 3 ½-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto a parchment paper lined baking mat. Flatten out any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Bake until golden brown, but still soft, about 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cookies to another rack to cool further. Best eaten warm.

Don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #JacquesTorres!

Ice Cream + Cookies – The Perfect Match

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: ice cream and cookies are a match made in heaven. We’re almost certain that someone else agrees with us, because National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day BOTH fall on the first week of August! What better way to celebrate these fabulous holidays than with an ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwich? (Hint: there is no better way).

If you find yourself in New York, visit a Jacques Torres store to get your ice cream sandwich fix. If you’re not around the New York area, don’t worry – you can still join in on the fun!

Here are a few ways to celebrate…

Marrying Pre-made Sweets

  1. Order Jacques’ signature giant chocolate chip cookies, sent to you straight from the oven!
  2. Stop by your local grocery store and find your favorite ice cream.
  3. Scoop the ice cream onto the cookies, and voila! Bite and enjoy.

Make It From Scratch!

Watch this video for a few tips from Jacques himself. You’ll need ingredients for your ice cream, and a chocolate chip cookie mix. Why not try Jacques’? We’ve heard it’s one the best

Share your creations with us using the social media hashtag #JacquesTorres. We can’t wait to see them!

Daddy Bars – Choc-Full of Health Benefits

This year, Jacques’ Father’s Day collection is made up of three chocolate bars—the Strong Daddy Bar, the Salty Daddy Bar, and the Gummy Daddy Bar—all of which feature 82% Dominican Republic single origin dark chocolate. They’re two pounds in weight and come with a mallet used to break and share (or not, it’s okay)! If he decides to eat the entire bar to himself, reassure him that there is no need to feel guilty. These dark chocolate bars are chock-full of health benefits, here are just a few…

  1. Dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant. As stated on WebMD, “Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.” We’ll take it!
  2. Dark chocolate may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans, which are packed with flavonols. Check out this blog post to read more about the benefits of flavonols.
  3. Dark chocolate can protect your skin from the sun. It has been known to prevent damage from UV rays!

The Daddy Bar collection, and entire Father’s Day collection, is now available online.

Mother’s Day Giveaway – Make Her Day Extra Special

This year Jacques Torres Chocolate wants to do something special to honor and celebrate all of the incredible moms out there. That’s right, for the first time ever we are hosting a Mother’s Day contest! During this contest, you will have the chance to win your mom, or any mom you know and love, one of our very own Signature Collection Gift Baskets along with a MOM Plaque.

From Sunday, April 30 through Friday, May 5, you will have the chance to enter not one, but TWO Jacques Torres Chocolate Mother’s Day contests. One contest will be hosted on Instagram, while the other will be hosted on Facebook. Two contests, two opportunities to tell your mother you love her, two chances to win our delicious prizes.

Instagram Contest  Rules:

  • Contestants must follow Jacques Torres Chocolate on Instagram.
  • Contestants must post a picture of themselves with their mom or simply of the mom herself.
  • Use contest hashtag #JTCMothersDay
  • Contestants must explain in the caption why they love their mom.

Facebook Contest Rules:

  • Contestants must follow Jacques Torres Chocolate on Facebook.
  • Contestants must post a picture of themselves with their mom or simply of the mom herself.
  • Use contest hashtag #JTCMothersDay
  • Contestants must explain in the caption why they love their mom.

So…what are you waiting for? Head to Instagram, Facebook, or both and tell us why you love your mom!

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Celebrating Chocolate In Style At Jacques’ Grand Opening Party

To celebrate the opening of New York’s first ever chocolate museum, Jacques invited friends and family, from close and afar, to preview the museum and experience it for themselves. Famous chefs such as Andre Soltner, Alain Sailhac, Michel Nischan, Eric Lacoq, Florian Bellanger, Sylvia Weinstock and more were there to support their ‘sweet’ friend in his latest endeavor.

At the party, there were models dressed as showgirls passing around assorted chocolate items and Taittinger Champagne Truffles, as well as bottles upon bottles of delicious flukes of Taittinger Champagne, a long time partner of Jacques’ chocolate making.

Kids and grandkids alike had so much fun in the Kid’s Corner of the museum, that they truly wanted to stay all night long!

There was something for everybody during this grand event, which bodes well for all those who will visit this chocolate extravaganza.

 

Purchase your tickets to the Choco-Story Museum here.

 

Photography by Eric Vitale

Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Introducing Manhattan’s first ever chocolate museum and experience with Jacques Torres! Here, visitors will discover the story of chocolate and its journey from tree to bar through original artifacts, nine premium tastings, kids’ corner and a bon bon making class, offering an educational – and delicious – hands-on experience for families, children, and chocolate lovers. For this venture, Jacques partnered with Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world, from Belgium to Uxmal. Choco-Story New York traces the history of cacao and chocolate by telling the story of its origin and evolution through authentic artifacts.

The 5,000-square-foot museum includes nine premium chocolate tastings consisting of blend and single origin chocolates in white, milk and dark varieties, original Mayan hot chocolate freshly ground by hand, and hand- made chocolate truffles. In addition to the museum tour tastings, taught by a professional chocolatier, customers may participate in a chocolate making class where they will be able to sample their own handiwork.
The museum also features a kids’ corner, a fun, educational space where children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register.

Choco-Story New York is located at 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Purchase your tickets here.

Winter Storm Delays to Affect Orders

Unfortunately, due to severe winter storm conditions throughout the Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast, orders will be subject to unavoidable service delays by FedEx.

These circumstances have prohibited FedEx trucks from picking up packages for delivery at our factory.

FedEx is closely monitoring the winter storms affecting these regions. Contingency plans are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of their team members, and to minimize the effects of these storms on service.