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Locavore Challenge #12: Enjoy Locally Crafted Chocolate

Don’t mind if I do! A few weeks ago I spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg, hanging out at Brooklyn Flea, sipping wine at Brooklyn Oenology and inhaling the intoxicating scents of cocoa at Mast Brothers Chocolate.

Magic lies behind his humble entrance way

Walk through the door, or even approach the general area of the store, and the smell of cocoa invites you in. There are often samples to taste and a giant chalkboard that describes and walks you through the chocolate making process.

Mast Brothers Chocolate 101

Look to the right and you’ll see friendly faces behind the counter ready to help you select some of Mast Brothers Chocolate bars, truffles or other goodies before them. Look towards the back of the store and you’ll see the “factory” part where chocolate is being made, and if you’re lucky a group of employees sitting around a large table, chatting quietly, wrapping and labeling the bars. That’s right. They’re HAND PACKAGED. Pretty cool right?

Making Chocolate

One reason to visit Mast Brothers is to see how it’s all done, but another is to support their (incredibly tasty) and sustainable chocolate. Mast Brothers has made a lot of friends in partnering with small chocolate farms and other local organizations. They offer a variety of single estate and single origin chocolates as well as their own “house blend”. On top of that you have flavored chocolates like Anderson Almonds, Freddy Guys Hazelnuts, Stumptown Coffee, Maine Sea Salt and Crown Maple Syrup.

Of course, it’s hard for me to hate any chocolate, so I love them all. But if I had to choose a favorite, I’d go for the Maine Sea Salt, hands down. Perfect blend of dark chocolate bitterness and saltiness. By far the best sea salt chocolate I’ve ever had!

Mast Brothers Chocolate is located at 111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, 11249 and is open daily 12-7pm. What are you waiting for?

PS. Besides the regular bars, they also offer some of their varieties in beautiful TWO POUND slabs. My birthday is October 11, in case you were wondering.

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