OMG. ..I just realized I start a LOT of blog posts like that... We were in NY after we went to PA for my mom's graduation (GO MOMS NGUYEN!) from Penn State Harrisburg with a Master's in American Studies. We were told we HAD to visit Jacques Torres, which is a chocolate shop. They're known for their hot chocolate, which is incredibly thick and rich. Emphasis on THICK. It was my first time in NY and this was the first stop of the start of the weekend!! How awesome is that!? We walk inside and I find.. Chocolate chip cookies, called French Kiss cookies and... ...chocolate mudslide cookies. After getting a box of 25 chocolates for the 3 of us to share, 2 croissants, a hot chocolate and 2 cookies, we sat down to indulge!!! First up: the mudslide cookie. Huge, and heavy might I add. This cookie had a brownie-like consistency: soft, fluffy and moist. The walnuts added a great crunchy contrast to the pillowy interior. The outside was crunchier than the inside, and the farther you ventured into the middle of the cookie, the softer it was. Oh. and the taste. was. divine. It is worth mentioning that they exclusively use King Arthur flour which I'm positive contributes to the quality of this cookie. And this shop has their own chocolate and OMG it tastes so good!! Which brings me to.. ..the french kiss cookie. This cookie looked ginormouser! The eldest deemed it the best cookie she's ever eaten! You'll see that the chocolate in this cookie comes in the shape of discs rather than chips. This allowed for a bigger spread of chocolate across the cookie. But Mr. Chocolate must have thought it wasn't enough to do that, so he took it a step further and layered the chocolate discs: I hope you can see the layers in there. Very unique cookie in this aspect. In contrast to the mudslide, this cookie was more on the crunchy side with a sturdier construction. I LOVED it. And I kind of regret not getting the box of cookie mix that was in the store.. boo! Jacques Torres Chocolate (a few locations) 66 Water Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 (212)414-2462
- Taste: 9 for both
- Crust and center moistness: French Kiss was more crunchy, Mudslide was soft
- Value: $2.50 for a huge, high quality cookie. I hate spending more than $1 for a cookie, but I think this place might actually be worth it... 8
- Overall: You have to stop here and get chocolates too. 9!