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Inside Brooklyn's Wonka Factory: Jacques Torres Chocolate

"Come with me/ And you'll be/ In a world of pure imagination..."

Jacques Torres - aka Mr. Chocolate - arrived to meet the tour group at his factory on an electric scooter, his grin stretching from ear to ear. What else can be expected from a man who deals in confections?

Torres, who is also the Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center and takes on student interns who learn in his factory, led the group through his new chocolate factory in Brooklyn's Industry City.

Take a look around the 40,000 square-foot temple to chocolate with us. We hope you can almost taste it.

Chocolate faucet

This is the kind of shower we want
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This is the kind of shower we want to take.

Chocolate melting and churning

Chocolate flows like water at the Jacques Torres
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Chocolate flows like water at the Jacques Torres Chocolate factory.

Got to have Ganache...

Chocolate Ganache, ready for enrobing. LOOK AT ALL
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Chocolate Ganache, ready for enrobing. LOOK AT ALL THAT CHOCOLATE!

Torres wants to open 8-10 more U.S. stores in the next 3 years

The 40,000 square-foot space in Industry City is
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The 40,000 square-foot space in Industry City is only operating at half-capacity, he said. "You have to play big if you want to make it big," he said.

Orange-colored chocolate

In the chocolate factory, chocolate swirled in every
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In the chocolate factory, chocolate swirled in every color.

Pink-colored chocolate

Pink chocolate is everything.
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Pink chocolate is everything.

White chocolate melting...

The smell was heavenly.
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The smell was heavenly.

Pan-coating machine

Nuts and other items are tossed in chocolate,
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Nuts and other items are tossed in chocolate, cocoa powder and other yummy substances in this pan-coating machine, one of three at Jacques Torres Chocolates.

Popcorn!

Machines that make delicious treats are everywhere at
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Machines that make delicious treats are everywhere at the Jacques Torres Chocolates factory.

Industrial spatulas

Chocolate is on everything, obviously, at Jacques Torres
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Chocolate is on everything, obviously, at Jacques Torres Chocolate.

The hazelnut machine

Torres (and all members of the tour) stuck
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Torres (and all members of the tour) stuck their hairnet-covered heads into this machine.

Hot chocolate maker

Jacques Torres' famous hot chocolate is made on
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Jacques Torres' famous hot chocolate is made on this machine.

Ginger on the conveyer belt

Ginger ready for its chocolate coating.
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Ginger ready for its chocolate coating.

Chocolate-covered ginger

Moving on down the line...
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Moving on down the line...

Chocolate-covered pretzels

When salt meets chocolate: magic!
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When salt meets chocolate: magic!

Chocolate-covered pretzels

So many...
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So many...

A happy chef

In his element, surrounded by chocolate, Jacques Torres
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In his element, surrounded by chocolate, Jacques Torres shines.

Liquid caramel...

A bite into one of these chocolates resulted
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A bite into one of these chocolates resulted in a gush of liquid caramel.

Jacques loves chocolate - of course!

Jacques Torres said he couldn't pick a favorite
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Jacques Torres said he couldn't pick a favorite bonbon flavor, but when asked to eat one he went straight for the coconut.

Oops!

Like we said, chocolate is everywhere. Even on
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Like we said, chocolate is everywhere. Even on the floor!

That's ice cream

Chocolate ice cream in a giant tub is
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Chocolate ice cream in a giant tub is just so appealing.

Chocolatey goodness

More chocolate ice cream, pre-chill...
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More chocolate ice cream, pre-chill...

Mango ice cream

Samples of this godlike-substance were luscious, refreshing and
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Samples of this godlike-substance were luscious, refreshing and creamy.

Industry City, Brooklyn

Railroad tracks used to run between the two
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Railroad tracks used to run between the two sides of Industry City. Cranes would take cargo from each floor and load the trains up with goods.

Jacques Torres, aka 'Mr. Chocolate'

Jacques Torres delights in all kinds of treats
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Jacques Torres delights in all kinds of treats -- champagne and sorbet included.

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