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Chocolate has never known such scandal. First, Slate called out Mast Brothers for making chocolate that was acknowledged, within the industry, for being generally bad. Then, blogger Scott Craig levied many accusations against the brothers, in a long exposé for not being, as the Mast Brothers had always claimed, purely bean-to-bar from day one. Finally, Quartz did a thorough followup on that piece, verifying most of what was claimed in the DallasFood.org investigation. But the brothers' only public response was: Deny,...
This week, lovers of artisanal chocolate have seemingly lost a hero—Mast Brothers—due to several detailed allegations against the Brooklyn chocolatiers in an exposé by DallasFood.org. In this four part series, the author known only as Scott explains how, from day one, the self-proclaimed chocolate innovators were not "bean-to-bar"—a designation for production in which every step is under the makers' control—but were rather melting down portions of chocolate from Valrhona, a commercial French chocolate maker, and repackaging it as...
Sometimes the hardest people to shop for are the ones you really, really care about. I want to buy a Chanel bag for my best friend so badly -- but I can't afford that shit! And if I got her a designer handbag and she got me a picture frame (although I would definitely like a picture frame, Alana) it would just be weird. So how do you get them something that that conveys...
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...

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