Most museums have a strict no eating or drinking policy, however a most wonderful exception has arrived in the form of New York City's first chocolate museum, a 5,000-square foot space which combines art, history and the popular confection under one roof.
Proving that the city's love for chocolate runs deep, renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres partnered with Eddy Van Belle to open Choco-Story New York in order to give fellow chocolate enthusiasts an informed look at the origin and evolution of the sweet stuff.
"My goal is to teach what chocolate is," Torres told CBS2 New York. "I don't think my customers understand what it takes to make chocolates."
We think chocolate lovers would readily agree with statement. Most of us only become acquainted with chocolate long enough to be lured into devouring it on the spot, but Choco-Story offers visitors a chance to get to know it a little bit better. The self-guided tour begins by jumping right into the history of chocolate making, which includes a demonstration of how Mayans created it as well as ancient artifacts that tie in to the history of the cacao bean. The museum also provides a glimpse into Torres' bonbon-making process and offers hands-on chocolate bar-making classes for all ages.
In addition to the tour, guests can also schedule a personal "chocolate-making experience" in which a professional chocolatier guides them through creating their own sweet treats to take home as a tasty souvenir.
And finally, the most mouth-watering detail of them all is the variety of chocolate treats available for guests to sample, including premium chocolates like handmade chocolate truffles and original Mayan hot chocolate that is ground by hand.
This isn't the first dessert-themed museum to hit Manhattan; last year, the Museum of Ice Cream brought sweet relief to a hot NYC summer, complete with a giant pool of sprinkles. FYI, Angelenos: MOIC is popping up in DTLA starting in April.
Tours run daily between 10 am and 5 pm, and tickets start at $10. Prepare to show your sweet tooth the time of its life!