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Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn:     Brothers Michael (left) and Rick Mast sell their bean-to-bar chocolate in flavors like serrano pepper and almond — sea salt at a storefront tasting room, and host behind-the-scenes tours of their factory on weekends. (Tours cost $9.99; 718-388-2625, mastbrotherschocolate.com)

Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn: Brothers Michael (left) and Rick Mast sell their bean-to-bar chocolate in flavors like serrano pepper and almond — sea salt at a storefront tasting room, and host behind-the-scenes tours of their factory on weekends.

Believe it or not, this is "chocolate". It takes seven to 14 these cocoa pods to produce one pound of dry cocoa beans, which are used to create the sweet treat we know and love.

Cocoa pod with beans (actually it is the fruit with it's seeds). It takes seven to 14 these cocoa pods to produce one pound of dry cocoa beans, which are used to create the sweet treat we know and love.

This is what chocolate looks like when it's first picked off the tree and cut open.  Grenada, Belmont Estate, Cocoa Plantation

This is what chocolate looks like when it's first picked off the tree and cut open. Grenada, Belmont Estate, Cocoa Plantation The first people to use chocolate were probably the Olmec of what is today southeast Mexico.