Sweet! New York City’s first museum dedicated to the history and appreciation of chocolate is now open, just in time for the holidays. It’s chocolate heaven for chocoholics of any age, especially kids, especially because admission includes multiple samples.
It’s official name is Jacques Torres’ Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience. That’s a mouthful, so most of us will call it simply The Chocolate Museum.
Torres, of course, is NYC’s premier chocolatier, a master pastry chef also known as Mr. Chocolate, shown here pouring a chocolate drink in the museum, which is part of his Soho store.
The 5,000-square-foot Chocolate Museum offers eight premium chocolate tastings that include milk, white and dark chocolate options, plus original Mayan hot chocolate that’s ground by hand on the premises along the route that tells the story of chocolate from tree to frosting, bar and bon bon..
Exhibits include chocolate sculptures of the New York City Skyline, and the kids’ corner includes a toy kitchen, play cash register and a sand pit where kids can dig for cool chocolate “artifacts.”
Kids aged 4 to 12 and accompanied by their parents receive eight stickers and a sheet of paper on which the stickers should be arranged in the correct order. In the museum there are eight small panels which show the illustrations in the right order. Once completed, hand in the finished sheet inside the gift shop before leaving.
If the eight stickers are placed in the correct boxes, participating children get a ninth chocolate treat.
Note that you must reserve a specific date and time for your visit to the Chocolate Museum, and there are no refunds for cancellations.
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Photo courtesy Jacques Torres