09 March 2017 Posted By : Laura Brehaut

Delicious and Educational: A Museum Dedicated to Chocolate has Opened in NYC

Chocolate lovers can add a new destination to their list: Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres. The Manhattan museum has joined Choco-Story outposts in cities such as Uxmal, Mexico and Bruges, Belgium. According to Condé Nast Traveler, it’s one of just six chocolate museums in the world.

French pastry chef and artisan chocolatier Torres opened his first chocolate factory in 2000, in Brooklyn. Since then, he has opened an additional nine retail stores and two ice cream shops throughout NYC. “I’m so passionate about all things chocolate that I can think of nothing better than having the opportunity to share my knowledge and its history,” he told Condé Nast Traveler.

Visitors to the 5,000-square-foot museum will learn the history of chocolate, from bean to bar. Exhibits include Mayan artifacts, and other historical equipment and objects. There are chocolate tastings led by a professional chocolatier, hands-on chocolate-making classes, truffle-making demonstrations, and traditional Mayan hot chocolate.

“The Spanish, when they start to make the hot chocolate, they keep it secret for 100 years. Now we tell everyone, but they kept it to themselves,” Torres told USA Today.

Choco-Story New York (350 Hudson St.) is open Wednesday-Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hands-on experiences are available by appointment. Tickets cost US$10-$15. choco-storyny.com

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