Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory Tour

As part of Eat.Drink.Local. Week, the Meet Your Maker event offered tours at four Williamsburg-based small businesses: Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn Brewery, Blue Bottle and Brooklyn Winery.  K and I take a tour with the Mast Brothers.

The Brothers – Rick (left) and Michael (right) Mast (chocolatiers/sailors) regale us with the tale of the where and when of their beginnings, and how they came to sail their metric tons of cacao beans from the Dominican Republic to a port in Brooklyn.  Howdy.

The tour starts here at the table where the cacao beans are hand-sorted and roasted in trays in the convection ovens.

Hairnets required to step into the heart of the factory.  The other tour-taker behind us looks raring for a boxing match.

Willy Wonka churns his chocolate by waterfall.  The Mast Brothers’ stand-in for a waterfall in Brooklyn.  The cacao nibs and sugar are churned together for around 3 days.

Once mixed, the chocolate is set in these bins for anywhere from 1 week to a couple months.

Crazy Mix from days of yore.

The winnower which separates the roasted cacao beans from their husks.  The husks can be purchased at the factory and used as mulch.

M for Magic.

Making bars of chocolate.

Examples of the perfect aesthetic for emulation.  Or inspiration?

Our tasting session: The Brooklyn Bar.

Don’t mind if I do.

My favorite: The Grand Cru.

Mast Brothers Chocolate – Take a tour!

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory
105A North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


~ by drywoodburstingintoflame on July 2, 2011.

4 Responses to “Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory Tour”

  1. I saw this factory profile–I think–on the Food Network once. I love the packaging, the bright designs of the paper. It made me wonder if the taste of the chocolate was as beautiful as the wrapper. Was it?

    Thanks for sharing. :)


    • The details and rich colors of the wrapped paper is wonderful – it’s like a combination of wrapping paper and wallpaper. I asked them about it, and they design a lot of the papers themselves and print them locally. The chocolate itself is delicious, it might not be for everyone, but I love the deep, natural chocolate bean flavor and my two favorites were the Grand Cru and the Serrano Peppers – also the cacao nibs are wonderful to snack on!

  2. Oh gosh, I forgot about the attractiveness of hair nets! :)

    I loved the Serrano too. Next time I think we need to go dibs on the nibs!

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