Jacques Torres' Year in Chocolate

Monday, December 05, 2011

World-renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres talks about his chocolate recipes for the holidays and every day. His latest book is A Year in Chocolate: 80 Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions, and it includes recipes adapted for the home cook, from traditional French pastry to classic American treats.


Jacques Torres

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When I visited the Jacques Torres store on the upper west side to buy dark chocolate graham crackers, I was surprised to see that one of the ingredients was high fructose corn syrup. I was shocked and disappointed. Needless to say, I did not buy them. (They were pre-packaged. They might be one of the chocolate products that Torres does not make himself. Nevertheless, the pre-packaged dark chocolate graham crackers sold at Starbucks does not contain high fructose corn syrup. There is no excuse for a high-end chocolatier to offer a product that has this poor substitute as one of its ingredients.)

Dec. 05 2011 02:07 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Here's a free low CALORIE chocolate recipe from me, for a treat that I eat prepare and eat three or four times a day and will not put on weight:

Get low carb, sugar free cocoa or baking chocolate, no more than 2-3 carbohydrates per grams.

Get zero carb Tuscan Heavy Cream.

Get butter.

Get Splenda.

Mix a few teaspoons of the cocoa or baking chocolite with the Heavy Cream and a packet or two of splenda, and mix it up in a small dish.
Melt some butter and pour the melted butter in, and mix it all up, and then put the thing in the freeze for 15 to 20 minutes.

And viola, you got a LOW CARB, low calorie sweet chocolate treat that you can eat as many times a day as you please without fear of weight gain.

Dec. 05 2011 01:24 PM
Lisa from Forest Hills

I love Jacques chocolate. Did something change in his bark recipe since the original?

Dec. 05 2011 01:23 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Thoughts on slave chocolate?

Dec. 05 2011 01:22 PM
Deborah Spanierman from Pleasantville, New York

I have a peanut allergic child and wonder if you have a peanut free kitchen?

Dec. 05 2011 01:21 PM
The Truth from Becky

Yaawwwn....enough already!

Dec. 05 2011 01:18 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Does Mr. Torres take environmental & fair-trade considerations into account when choosing sources for his chocolate?

And I want to thank Jessica--I was wondering about Hawai'i, which is also the only US state that grows coffee.

Dec. 05 2011 01:14 PM
Jessica from Brooklyn

Jacques Torres just said that there is no chocolate grown in the U.S.A. However, Hawaii has grown amazing chocolate for centuries! Still does...

Dec. 05 2011 01:11 PM

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