Jacques Torres, a native of Bandol, France, uses only the freshest ingredients to make his chocolates. Now based in New York, Torres is famous for creating interesting flavors and unique chocolate inventions. For example, Bandol Breeze combines a layer of apricot with homemade almonds to create a tasty chocolate treat. The truffle Wicked Fun brings together dark chocolate ganache and Wicked Hot chocolate for an extra kick. In keeping with his zest for attention-grabbing innovation, Jacques Torres stirred up some controversy recently by writing some less-than-traditional Valentine's Day messages on chocolate lollipops [source: NY Post].