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A Christmas Carol
Step into Askinosie Chocolate this Christmas season. Leave behind the hustle and bustle. Be enveloped in not only the aroma of chocolate (!), but the true spirit of this special Advent time.
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What better words than Charles Dickens' " Mankind was my business"?
Happy Paul Kiry Day, a holiday we invented! Today we celebrate our customers, buyers, chefs, and fans who support our mission and our chocolate. Paul, a cheesemonger and former buyer at two stellar Askinosie retailers (Zingerman's Delicatessen & Antonelli's Cheese Shop), serves as the symbol of this holiday and exemplifies why we believe it's imperative for us to work directly throughout our supply chain, including with our retail partners across the U.S.—not to mention cocoa... farmers—so that we can all benefit from a greater understanding about where our chocolate comes from, how it’s made, and how we can better serve our farmers and our fans! Thanks to Paul and all of the awesome buyers, store owners, and fans such as yourselves for tirelessly supporting our chocolate and craft chocolate as a whole! We appreciate you.
As a special thank you to our local Springfield, MO friends: Receive a FREE Vanilla + Almond Mini Dark Chocolate Bar with any purchase in our storefront today! Stop by and see us, we’re open until 5:30pm.
Time for a Monday morning inspiration break! Reading a few pages of Meaningful Work with a cup of coffee is just the ticket. Have you had a chance to read Shawn & Lawren’s book yet? One reviewer calls it “an enlightening must-read for business owners and anyone searching for more meaning.”
With 50 5-star reviews on Amazon, check out what others are saying and snag your own copy. If you read it and enjoyed it, we’d appreciate if you’d consider leaving a review yourself! https://goo.gl/9AWb9v
Flying anywhere soon? Pick up some Askinosie Chocolate for your trip! We’re thrilled to be a part of the largest duty free shop in the western hemisphere at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Our direct trade chocolate is available in their newly opened, state of the art space and we’re honored to represent American craft chocolate to international travelers from across the globe. Check out this video to peep the space yourself, but we recommend visiting in person and picking up a bar or two before your next flight!
If you really, really like someone, consider making them a No-Bake Chocolate Silk Pie this Valentine’s Day. We used our Red Raspberry + Dark Chocolate Bar for this simple and delicious recipe from friends and CollaBARators, A Beautiful Mess. Find it here: goo.gl/ihVMZ8
Need to pick up some last minute Valentine’s Day provisions? Our factory storefront is open until 5:30pm today!
What an honor to represent Missouri in USA TODAY's roundup of 50 States: 50 Craft Chocolate Makers! Have you visited our factory storefront yet? Now’s your chance to come see where the magic happens. We’re hosting a special Valentine’s Day tour tomorrow at noon. It’s the perfect lunch-hour date, complete with Askinosie hot chocolate and a full chocolate tasting! There’s only a few spots left, so make your reservation now at askinosie.com.
We think our limited edition 75% Ambanja, Madagascar bar is pretty special. But don’t take our word for it! A longtime Askinosie fan recently shared this glowing review: “This is the most complex & amazing chocolate I have ever had. Period.” Well, shucks!
Affectionately known as “The Zeke Bar”, we think this bright & complex chocolate pairs perfectly with a cup of single origin coffee… maybe even on Valentine’s morning (hint, hint). Have you tried this limited-release bar yet?
Learn more and shop here: https://goo.gl/bhA9Gh
Our special Valentine’s tours are filling up fast! There are just a couple spots left for our factory tour this Saturday 2/10 at 2pm. And we also have a few spots left on the lunch-hour tour on Valentine’s Day at 12pm. Both include tons of chocolate samples and delicious Askinosie hot cocoa too! Space is limited, so book your reservation now at askinosie.com.
Shawn here! With Valentine's Day approaching, I wanted to share some thoughts about all of the chocolate gifts you may be considering. I hope you might find this post useful. If so, I hope you'll consider sharing this with your friends.
An early Valentine’s present to us: cocoa beans for days here at the factory! We just received this shipment of Arriba Nacional beans from our farmer partner, Vitaliano, in San Jose Del Tambo, Ecuador and they’re looking better than ever. We can’t wait to turn these beauties into velvety-smooth chocolate bars.
It may be World Nutella Day, but we’ll be enjoying our own made-from-scratch, dairy-free, gluten-free and preservative-and palm-oil-free version called Hey, Hey Chocolate Hazelnut Spread! If you need any more motivation, we’d suggest the following ways to enjoy our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread:
-Drizzle on fresh strawberries
-Blend in a milkshake
-Spread on a crusty baguette
-Enjoy with a spoon, right out of the jar (and after you've polished off a jar, add some ice cream to th...at empty jar and savor every last bit!)
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Our Chocolate University, Class of 2018, is already in full swing! We recently hosted the group for an in-depth factory tour, complete with a full chocolate tasting with Shawn. These impressive high school students are also participating in a Meaningful Work book club led by our CU Executive Director, Missy. It was a great way to kick off 2018, and we’ll spend the next several months meeting, working, and preparing for our origin trip to Tanzania this summer!
We’re so glad it’s February, we made Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Truffles. Featuring our own 77% Davao, Philippines Dark Chocolate and dusted with our Single Origin Cocoa Powder, they’re perfect for ushering in the month of love. Find the recipe here, https://goo.gl/5wyzZj, from Bon Appétit Magazine!
We’ve added TWO special tours just for Valentine’s Day! Join us Sat. 2/10 or Wed. 2/14 for the coolest Valentine’s date around including tons of chocolate samples and delicious Askinosie hot cocoa. Space is limited, so reserve your spot (and one for your Valentine, too!) now.
Shawn is currently in Washington D.C. & will be speaking at a cool event later this week. Catch him at a panel discussion led by friend of the factory and chocolate aficionado, Zeke Emanuel (yes, the namesake of "the Zeke Bar"), this Thursday at 9:00am EST, for Union Market TALKS: Chocolate: Bean, Bar and Beyond! He’ll be speaking with other chocolate makers about sourcing, sustainability, and direct trade in the cocoa industry. Learn more about the event & RSVP here!