Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer based in Springfield, Missouri. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker at Askinosie Chocolate, spent nearly 20 years as a criminal defense attorney before he started making chocolate. In 2007 he sold his first chocolate bar and Askinosie Chocolate began.
During one of Shawn’s bean sourcing trips in Davao, Philippines, he learned of a nutrition problem at the village’s Malagos Elementary School, where many of the students suffer from malnutrition. In an effort to meet this need, Askinosie Chocolate began a sustainable nutrition program by selling Tableya, a traditional Filipino hot chocolate beverage made of roasted cocoa beans that are milled into tablets. The PTA of Malagos Elementary produced Tableya and shipped them to Springfield, MO in the same container the cocoa beans were shipped. 100% of the sales from Tableya went to provide meals for the students at Malagos. Each package provides 232 meals, which will be purchased from disaster relief organization, Convoy of Hope, and prepared by the school’s PTA.