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Jacques Torres’ brand new, 40,000-square foot Industry City factory isn’t the only reason Brooklyn’s waterfront communities have been smelling a little bit less, well, Brooklyn-y. In just the last couple of months, the borough has been thoroughly Wonka-fied, with the addition of Valrhona’s very first stateside chocolate school in Dumbo, as well as a stunning retail outpost of Cacao Market — an offshoot of MarieBelle in SoHo — attached to its own small, cacao-scented...
The high-end chocolate making world if one place where you would think there would be only joy and stray Oompa-Loompas frolicking, not feuds, but apparently that's not the case. Mast Brothers Chocolate, the beloved Williamsburg-based candy company founded by Michael and Rick Mast, is embroiled in a feud of sorts with the other denizens craft chocolatier world. Guys, don't fight. In an article titled "The High-End Chocolate World Hates Mast Brothers" on Slate, Megan Giller found plenty...
Expansion is the name of the game in Brooklyn this year. Between Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Mast Brothers (who recently got namedropped by Jared Leto on The Tonight Show), Ample Hills Creamery and Chuko Ramen, we can definitively say that second (or third) locations are what's up in 2014. And now, all of the above are being joined by Nunu Chocolates, which is expanding into Park Slope this fall. According to Here's Park Slope, the highly-successful chocolatier...
While rumors circulate that Brooklyn Brewery may be eyeing Asia for their next project, we have actual confirmation that another Williamsburg-bred business is definitely going international. This year, Mast Brothers Chocolate will head to London to open a brand new factory. According to Inc., founders Michael and Rick Mast have recently broken ground on a location in Shoreditch, London, which just so happens to be the U.K.'s version of Williamsburg. Stick with what you know,...

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