Sailing to South America for cocoa beans. Hand-sorting each and every seed. Separating the nibs from their husks in a specially designed contraption that could double as a ventilator. Letting the ground beans rest for periods of up to 2 weeks. Then lovingly wrapping those glossy chocolate bars in paper pretty enough for fancy soaps. The Mast brothers, Rick and Michael, take pride in personally hand crafting each chocolate bar that leaves their store. Based in Brooklyn this familial duo is New York City’s only bean to chocolate maker of its kind.
Even though this video has been posted on various blogs, I wanted to show it here as I count down the days until my trip to New York City on the 15th, and hopefully, a trip to one of the stores in Manhattan that carries Mast Brothers Chocolate. One day at the MOMA, the next in Dean & Deluca’s confection aisle.