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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie by Jacques Torres
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever
A Taste to Remember
For over ten years, Jacques Torres Chocolate has delighted New York City with some of the most innovative and memorable chocolate treats to be found. From extravagant chocolate sculptures, that are not only delicious but works of art as well, to small and delicate, freshly made ganaches, Jacques has something for everyone and every price range. While the chocolate industry is dominated by only a handful of mega companies, Jacques' small business has managed to stake out more than just a niche in the market. Rather than making a delicious product line that only the exceptionally rich can indulge in, or mass producing cheap and overly sweet candies to be consumed by the masses, Jacques' mission statement is simple: Make real food, with real ingredients, that real people can enjoy. Although, Jacques Torres Chocolate is well known for a variety of products, it is the chocolate chip cookie that stands out as perhaps the single greatest three dollar investment in happiness that one can make.
Three Flavors to Choose From
The best cookie I've ever tasted, the one that I would pack if I were headed to a desert isle, is Jacques' signature French Kiss cookie. It's everything a cookie should be, soft, buttery, chocolaty, and large! There are several things to keep in mind when it comes to these bad boys. Although, there's obvious value to being crafted with the best chocolate in the world, what really makes the chocolate in the cookie so memorable, is the way the chocolate spreads thinly and evenly to create layers of chocolate within the cookie. Jacques uses disks, about the size and thickness of quarters, in lieu of morsels or chunks, in order to ensure there is chocolate in every bite. What gives the cookie the perfect balance of flavors however, is the buttery, salty, vanilla cookie that houses the chocolate. Every bite is a promise of great flavor, with great chocolate. It's a no brainer.
Aside, from the chocolate chip cookie, Jacques also offers a double chocolate cookie with walnuts. Its called the Mudslide. Reminiscent of a brownie with a firmer texture, the Mudslide is every chocolate lovers dream. The slightly puffier Mudslide is a chocolate explosion with walnuts mixed in for a crunch, and contrast to the soft chocolate cookie. For me, this one has to be served warm and eaten with a fork, to get its full potential. Jacques' newest creation is the peanut butter cookie. These guys have a lot going on. First and foremost the peanut butter cookie contains a layer of Jacques' European peanut butter blend; peanuts, almonds, and hazelnuts all go in. On top of this, is a layer of salted, roasted peanuts that have the perfect amount of salt to contrast the sweetness of the cookie base. Mixed into these layers, are discs of milk chocolate and 72% bitter-sweet dark chocolate. All of this means that when you bite into this cookie, you get sweet, salty, crunchy, soft, and chocolaty flavors. Milk is not an option, it's a necessity.
The Big Factory, where Jacques is often found. This is where the cocoa is crafted into chocolate, as well as all the delicious pastries.
The Original Factory. Here you can discover where all of the signature Bon Bons are handmade, along with the luscious ice cream!
The wonderful Chelsea Market features numerous great eats, as well as the smallest and most neighborhood friendly of the locations.
One of the Upper West Side's favorite eats. Complete with an ice cream cart through the warmer seasons.
The newest location is found in the north concourse level. Learn about Jacques' journey, while sipping on hot chocolate.
Several Ways to Get Your Fix
Jacques Torres Chocolate currently has six stores in New York City where these cookies can be found and enjoyed. From their birthplace at 350 Hudson St. in the downtown area, to the company's newest location in Rockefeller Center, each and every one of Jacques' stores has great tastes to offer. Even more amazing, the cookie mix and recipe are available at each location, allowing each of us mere mortal chefs to enjoy gourmet quality cookies from our own homes. Below is a link to a New York Times article which once featured Jacques' chocolate chip cookie as well as the link to Jacques' business. Look around, there are no poor choices.