Shawn Askinosie quit his job as a lawyer to create this delicious, hand-crafted chocolate, which he makes with the help of his family in the Ozarks of Missouri.
From his About Us, on when he started making chocolate, "I was excited, and challenged, to learn that if I made chocolate from the bean, I’d be one of the only people in the country doing so. If I also sourced and imported the beans directly myself, so that my customers and I would know precisely where our chocolate came from, I’d be among the first to apply that common-sense principle to chocolate-making. If I were to treat cocoa farmers like business partners—with fairness, dignity, and respect, while making sure they receive their fair share of the income—I’d be one of the only people doing that, too."
Choose your flavor:
-60% Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter: Handcrafted 60% dark chocolate with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Mababu, Tanzania blended with rich, natural crunchy peanut butter (from Big Spoon Roasters), reminiscent of an elegant peanut butter cup. This extra-creamy bar is also extra-special-- its availability is limited. Certified Kosher D.E., and gluten free. Tasting notes: Roasted peanuts gives way to a creamy, smooth texture with hints of velvety graham and a kiss of salt.
-62% Dark Milk Chocolate & Fleur de Sel: Handcrafted single origin 62% dark milk chocolate (54% cocoa liquor and 8% cocoa butter, pressed in our factory) with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Davao, Philippines plus goat’s milk powder, certified organic cane sugar and a touch of Fleur de Sel Sea Salt (from their friends at The Meadow). This best-selling chocolate is Certified Kosher Dairy and gluten free. Tasting notes: Caramel sweetness, vanilla, subtle salt character, with a soft thrill from the goat's milk. Ultra silky, full.
-72% Dark Chocolate: BKLYN Larder's go-to cheese board chocolate bar. Askinosie's first new origin since 2010, and second chocolate bar produced in partnership with a female-led farmer group (the first is Tanzania). Made in partnership with Askinosie's lead farmer in the Amazon, Monica. It’s their second endeavor with a female-led farmer group. Handcrafted single origin 72% dark chocolate (67% cocoa solids and 5% cocoa butter, pressed in their factory) with cocoa beans sourced directly from Monica’s small farmer group and certified organic cane sugar. That's it. Certified Kosher D.E., vegan, and gluten free Tasting notes: Earthy richness, fudge, and hints of raisin and mocha.
-77% Dark Chocolate: Handcrafted single origin 77% dark chocolate (76% cocoa liquor and 1% cocoa butter, pressed in their factory) with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Davao, Philippines plus 23% organic cane sugar—that's it. This earthy chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan and gluten free. Tasting notes: Earthy with notes of brown sugar, vanilla and a clean, caramel finish. Silky and full-bodied.
-Askinosie X Heath Ceramics: A one-of-a-kind chocolate bar created in partnership with iconic California-based designer/maker, Heath Ceramics. This sweet and savory chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan and gluten free. Made Trinitario cocoa beans we source directly from farmers in Mababu, Tanzania and blend with real Haas avocado pulp powder, organic rosemary, and a touch of organic black pepper. Savory and sweet, this bar makes a great snack and pairs well with salty crackers or hard cheese. Tasting notes: Woody herbs, sweet caramel, spicy pepper and buttery avocado.
-Askinosie X Intelligentsia:Single origin chocolate meets single origin coffee in a carefully sourced and meticulously handcrafted culinary experience. Made with single origin 72% dark chocolate with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Mababu, Tanzania plus 28% organic cane sugar and single origin Intelligentsia coffee. Tasting notes: Complex, full-bodied, bright citrus like acidity, notes of red fruit met with a remarkably smooth and creamy texture.