EAST SIDE A CHOCOLATE BOOM IN BROOKLYN
The craft chocolate movement in New York has found its new center in Brooklyn. Factories and shops are springing up in neighbourhoods such as Williamsburg and Red Hook. Products “Made in Brooklyn” are being featured on the tables of Cobble Hill’s Sugar Shop to Manhattan’s Foragers City Grocer, not to mention mixed into the shelves of high end grocers like Dean & Deluca and Whole Foods. WORTH A VISIT IN BROOKLYN: 01: Mast Brothers is said to be the first shop, concentrating their “craft chocolate” approach via natural ingredients. The ingredients they use are personally processed from carefully sourced cacao beans into the final bar. Explore their seasonal, single estate and single origin chocolates, and creative combinations and partnerships (think Crown Maple Syrup, Chili Peppers and Stumptown Coffee). The brothers may seem homespun hipsters, but their chocolate has brought them documentary coverage in the major outlets like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and scored them a judging post on Iron Chef. You can visit their factory in Williamsburg and taste their dark, rich bars for yourself. Mastbrothers.com, 111 N 3rd St (Williamsburg) 02: Fine & Raw chocolatier, Daniel makes it his mission “to save the world through silliness and chocolate!” This shop produces raw chocolate bars that are absent of sugar, dairy and additives. Fine & Raw is committed to sourcing fair trade ingredients and applying low heat techniques, to stay true to their raw name. Started by a former financial analyst who left to study raw cooking in the Arizona desert, this may be some of the healthiest chocolate out there. Flavors like cacao & coconut and mesquite will tempt your tongue – try them at their factory café. fineandraw.com, 288 Siegel St (Williamsburg) 03: Cacao Prieto holds the lofty goal of being “a crucial meeting place of traditions, dreams and technology devoted to the delicious art and science of cacao.” Started by a former aerospace engineer, the company also produces liqueurs and rums from the cacao beans and sugarcane grown on the family farm in the Dominican Republic. Try the unique flavor combinations in their bars – Pistachio & Apricot, Pecan & Sour Cherry – or tempt yourself with their bonbons, if you can bring yourself to eat the beautiful drops of chocolate art. cacaoprieto.com, 21 Conover St (Red Hook) Photo Source: Fine & Raw
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