Jacques Torres Chocolate,
New York, NY, tasted on February 21, 2004 —
I'm a big fan of hot chocolate, and not just when it's snowing out.
Frankly, I think hot chocolate should become a year round beverage. As
someone who still hasn't found a way to like coffee (no matter how much
sugar and cream I pour in there) I have another reason to want hot
chocolate -something to drink when everyone else is drinking coffee.
When I heard that there was a
in Brooklyn, a self-styled "chocolate
factory" created by Jacques Torres, former pastry chef at Le Cirque,
I knew we had to make a stop there. Sure enough, our first stop that day
Jacques Torres Chocolate.
While there were a
zillion chocolate treats (I didn't see a
we were there for one reason, and one reason alone. A perfect hot
chocolate is almost like a heated chocolate milkshake. Thick, frothy,
creamy, velvety smooth, with a chocolate depth that feels light because
of the infusion of air and cream (whipped or otherwise). There are those
that like their hot chocolate a little more rustic. I enjoy that as
Jacques Torres' hot chocolate fell more into that category. It was slightly bitter
(in a good way) with consistent
thickness and not overly thick or muddy. That said, it was still like
drinking a bar of rich dark South American chocolate. I could have finished
it with time, but it would have taken awhile. I'm usually a fan of a
slightly sweeter hot chocolate, and this bordered on the
Mexican. It was very very good.
We also got the spicy variety. At first you think the spices
only make their presence felt in the aroma. But a few moments after you
drink some then it sets a tiny faint fire in your mouth on the
finish that lasts and lasts. A little late, but better than never we
of homemade marshmallows sitting on the counter. Homemade
marshmallows. Who makes their own marshmallows? Jacques Torres does.
Letting that melt into our drinks gave them a candied quality. They were
so thick and rich that they didn't just disappear, they floated and
melted for some time. Deep, rich hot chocolate, with complex flavors,
and homemade marshmallows.
a bad way to start our day in New York.