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#1 joiei

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:13 PM

Not my favorite chocolate by far but they made a youtube. So here ya go

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Apparently they had never heard of Patric Chocolate or Askinoise Chocolate or DeVries or Amano or
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#2 Suzanne F

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 02:05 AM

You gotta remember: they're in Brooklyn. That is the be-all and end-all of artisanal food. rolleyes.gif

I bought one of their bars. Once. Lovely wrapping. There is far better chocolate available for far less money. dry.gif

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 02:10 AM

I lost interest when I saw their chocolate bars were $7.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:08 AM

QUOTE(Blondie @ May 5 2010, 10:10 PM) View Post
I lost interest when I saw their chocolate bars were $7.

I didn't see that until after I'd paid for a bunch of stuff. blush.gif

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

Holy bearded wonder twins!

I get them at the co-op for around $4 or $5 I think. No it isn't the best chocolate but some of their unusual flavor combos are worth seeking out. My favorite is the truffle salt version, which is an Unami delight, especially when consumed with bourbon or whisky. And even though I have a sweet tooth the size of a camel, I'm usually satisfied by just eating a row.


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Posted 06 May 2010 - 01:02 PM

QUOTE(Abbylovi @ May 6 2010, 08:00 AM) View Post
Holy bearded wonder twins!

I get them at the co-op for around $4 or $5 I think. No it isn't the best chocolate but some of their unusual flavor combos are worth seeking out. My favorite is the truffle salt version, which is an Unami delight, especially when consumed with bourbon or whisky. And even though I have a sweet tooth the size of a camel, I'm usually satisfied by just eating a row.

For 4 bucks, I'll give them a try.

In fairness, it was the Bedford Cheese Shop that had them priced at $7, so I should have known they'd be less elsewhere.

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#7 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 01:59 PM

the fiancee buys them because she loves the packaging - the chocolate is thoroughly mediocre. The truffle bar mentioned by others is on the very very short list of food stuffs I've spit out
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 02:16 PM

yah, i have to agree - nice packaging, mediocre chocolate. expensive
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#9 Sneakeater

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE(Anthony Bonner @ May 6 2010, 01:59 PM) View Post
the fiancee buys them because she loves the packaging - the chocolate is thoroughly mediocre. The truffle bar mentioned by others is on the very very short list of food stuffs I've spit out


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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:24 PM

i found myself in williamsburg last night for the first time in quite a while. Bedford street is not much different from the MPD, is it? Just a different costume. I did experience a young fellow puking quite a bit on the subway ride home.

My friend noted with glee the proximity of her apartment to Mast Brothers Chocolate. In my usual cynical, snarkiness, I noted that I'm not interested in spending ridiculous amounts of money for things that should be fairly inexpensive.

Well, today as I walked through GC Market, I picked up a bar of Mast dark chocolate with almonds, sea salt and olive oil. For $10. I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but the other options seemed more revolting. Life is bitter enough, I want my candy to be sweet. This was, let's admit it, not good. The bitterness of the chocolate is enhanced to a positively astringent level. Perhaps from the salt, which I fear rarely has a place in a dessert. After a few more bits, I found the chocolate simply unpleasant and it left my mouth with a dry, sharp, almost bile-y feel.

I understand that it's become ever so sophisticated to move chocolate away from "sweets" towards the spicy. I'm pedestrian enough to admit that I almost never enjoy it. Yes, it might be interesting. Yes, perhaps it's more "complex" than "sweet" chocolate. Yes, it might be more the way the South American Indians, sorely lacking in sugar no doubt, was first forced to eat it. But that is not enough to make it taste good. This doesn't taste good.

Then, however, I found this photograph of the Mast Brothers themselves:



I know what you're thinking. You didn't realize that the Mast Brothers were making chocolate in 1860 to be supplied to the Union Army. You're incorrect. That's the way these dapper fellows dress today. And this photo explains to me that the chocolate is oh so much better than it tastes.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:58 PM


this is where i draw the line. wacky chocolate makers should not have untamed facial hair and the chocolate should be worth dying for

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:14 AM

QUOTE(Stone @ Jun 6 2010, 05:24 PM) View Post
Then, however, I found this photograph of the Mast Brothers themselves:


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#13 porkwah

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:23 AM

their chocolate? i've had it. in both senses of the phrase.

man, i need a headache


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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:28 AM

QUOTE(Stone @ Jun 6 2010, 05:24 PM) View Post
Well, today as I walked through GC Market, I picked up a bar of Mast dark chocolate with almonds, sea salt and olive oil. For $10. I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but the other options seemed more revolting. Life is bitter enough, I want my candy to be sweet. This was, let's admit it, not good. The bitterness of the chocolate is enhanced to a positively astringent level. Perhaps from the salt, which I fear rarely has a place in a dessert. After a few more bits, I found the chocolate simply unpleasant and it left my mouth with a dry, sharp, almost bile-y feel.



your review didn't mention the texture of the chocolate. what you're saying may be true but i couldn't get past the texture. chocolate should be creamy, and it should start melting around body temperature. this was coarse -- halfway to cheap mexican hot chocolate chocolate -- and didn't melt.

man, i need a headache


#15 g.johnson

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 02:38 AM

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