This week we were seriously delighted to go to Jacques Torres in Tribeca and create chocolate Halloween confections with Jacques and his amazing team. If you follow me on twitter you already know that I documented my first Wicked Hot Chocolate of the season on the first chilly day in October.
— Rebecca Levey (@beccasara) October 12, 2012
I love Jacques Torres chocolates, so when he opened a store near my daughters’ school it was a mixed blessing – for my dark chocolate tooth. I sort of hid how awesome it was from my daughters, because the last thing I need are girls who love lobster AND high quality chocolate. If a 50 cent Kit Kat makes them happy who am I to tell them otherwise?
But, I was super excited to bring my girls to have this incredible experience of both meeting Jacques and getting to work with his delicious chocolate to create really fabulous Halloween chocolate treats. I had no idea how awesome it was going to be, but it was one of the experiences that surpassed my expectations.
First, the girls were given chef hats and smocks and I was given a hair net (this is why there are no pictures of me!) Then they were led into the back of the store to the actual chocolate factory. Vats of chocolate were stirring, racks of finished products were stacked to the ceiling, and the tables were laid out with jars of candy, sheets of molds, containers of fruits.
They immediately dove in and started making Halloween lollipops and giant tombstones. After filling in the details with colored chocolate they used a huge pastry bag full of dark, milk or white chocolate to fill the molds to the top, and then they were whisked off to the refrigerators to set.
That would have been fabulous enough, but then wax lined baking sheets appeared with huge dollops of chocolate waiting to be decorated and candy covered.
Then, a giant Jack o’lantern (Jacques o’lantern) puzzle mold. And finally, the huge haunted house molds. Before I knew it my girls had created 40 pieces of chocolate Halloween goodness. 40!!!
On top of all that, Jacques Torres couldn’t have been more wonderful with the kids. He obviously loves what he does, and loves sharing it. His team was incredibly gracious, patient and encouraging even though they were over run with sugared up kids (and parents.) They even packaged everything up professionally to take home.
And now, I think that little Jacques Torres store near my daughters’ school will never be just my place ever again. Also, I’m totally ordering the chocolate turkeys for Thanksgiving!