“We handcraft this single origin 70% dark chocolate (68% cocoa liquor and 2% cocoa butter, pressed in our factory) with cocoa beans we source directly from farmers in San Jose Del Tambo, Ecuador plus 30% organic cane sugar. We then add San Jose Del Tambo roasted cocoa nibs to the back of the bar. The cocoa nibs are from the same batch of beans used to make the bar itself, so in just one bite you can taste the entire story from sourcing to production. This crunchy chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan and gluten free.”
Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal attorney to make bean-to-bar chocolate.
Having built the business from scratch, the greatest opportunity and challenge has been weaving social responsibility into everything they do. Askinosie uses an innovative ‘Stake in the Outcome’ model to work directly with farmers in Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania, and gives each farmer a share in the profits of Askinosie.
At the end of their 70 step chocolate making process, Askinosie hand wrap their bars, with a picture of one the farmers they do business with on the front. The bar is then tied with string recycled from their cocoa bean shipping bags. See more