JACQUES TORRES CHOCOLATE66 Water St NY 11201
There’s nothing like a chocolate shop for lighting up little eyes. On your next family fun day, bring the gang to Jacques Torres Chocolate in Brooklyn. This is no ordinary candy store. Artisanal chocolatier Jacques Torres cooks from scratch, transforming cocoa beans into handcrafted chocolate that elevates marshmallows, graham crackers, and even Cheerios. Let the kids run loose in the store, checking out bonbons, two-pound Big Daddy chocolate bars, and crisp slabs of chocolate bark. Cookies are a major attraction and those little eyes will be popping when they see the size of the chunks in the chocolate chip cookies. The major draw here is hot chocolate. This is a cup of cocoa in the way that the QE2 is a boat. Your kids will be transported to paradise as they sip on what’s pretty much a liquid chocolate bar. Grab a seat at a marble café table to watch the neighborhood walk past and you’ll have those tykes feeling city smart. If for some reason there aren’t treats enough here, you can head next door, where Torres’s masterful hand gets applied to ice cream. A homemade Belgian waffle sundae may be just the incentive you need to get your kids motivated for their next round of multiplication tables.
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