*Silver award winner at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2020*
A velvety smooth 72% dark chocolate made with cacao beans sourced directly from a female-led farmer cooperative in Mababu, Tanzania. A well balanced bar with notes of summer berries and a biscuity undertone.
Askinosie Chocolate makes some of the most ethical chocolate on the planet. They trade directly with farmers and pay well above fair trade prices, as well as operating an open book system and sharing profits with suppliers.
Handcrafted from bean to bar in Springfield, Missouri.
Certified kosher, vegan and gluten free.
CULTIVATING COCOA & COMMUNITY IN TANZANIA
Since Shawn Askinosie’s inaugural visit in 2010, we’ve worked directly with farmers in Mbeya who grow and harvest Trinitario cocoa beans, which are typically used in fine, dark chocolate. We worked with a woman-led farmer group in Tenende, Tanzania from 2010–early 2014 and are now working with another farmer group in Mababu, Tanzania about 10 miles away, led by Mama Mpoki. After a growing season’s worth of care and diligence, this region produces beans with a flavor spectrum unique to the Kyela district. When roasted, the beans evoke subtle, fruity notes of strawberry and blueberry and when tempered, it creates the creamiest mouthfeel of all of our chocolates. These rare and unique beans are used to craft our 72% Mababu, Tanzania Dark Chocolate Bar, among other products. This smooth, fruity chocolate bar has won five international awards, including a 2020 Silver Academy of Chocolate medal and been featured in publications like O, The Oprah Magazine.
As a benefit of Askinosie Chocolate’s direct trade relationship with the region, our adventures to Tanzania have also given local high school students the opportunity to meet and work with cocoa farmers and other high school students in the Kyela district through our experiential business immersion program for students, Chocolate University (CU). After months of classes and preparation, local Southwest Missouri high school students journey to rural Tanzania to learn about small business, entrepreneurship and cocoa, and witness Direct Trade firsthand. Students also engage in community development projects we’ve begun, many of which involve the local schools like Mwaya Secondary School & Mababu Primary.
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Cacao beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (pressed in-house)
Soy, gluten and dairy free