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Single origin chocolate bars and cocoa products.
Categories: Chocolate & Candy Bars, Chocolate, Candy Gift Boxes, Confections, Other Chocolate & Candy, Baking Chocolate
Attributes: Vegetarian, All Natural, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Nut Free, Dairy Free
I have been a criminal defense lawyer for nearly 20 years. My father was a criminal defense lawyer before he died at a young age. I have loved the law since I can remember. As a hobby sometime around 1999, I started cooking and then baking. I made chocolate desserts and bought premium dark chocolate to cook with. Then I became obsessed with cupcakes, made them from scratch, researched recipes, and even traveled to Cupcake Mecca (Magnolia Bakery in NYC). For months I thought about opening a bakery dedicated to nothing but cupcakes. I was searching for some kind of food I could make, sell and have fun with.
In May 2005, I drove to the memorial service of an elderly relative. It was about an hour drive to the Grays Point Cemetery where my grandparents are buried, which is near their farm where I spent many weekends. During the drive I had time to pray about a business opportunity in Santa Fe, New Mexico (which is kind of like home away from home for us). On the way out of town I saw a bumper sticker that read "Santa Fe Car Rentals." Also, close by the turn off to my grandparents farm was the sign "Santa Fe Cattle Company." Oddly enough, I sense that those "signs" were telling me to back away from the Santa Fe business. At the memorial service, and then on the drive home, it came to me to make chocolate from scratch. At that time, I had no idea how chocolate was made or where it originated. For all I knew chocolate bars grew on trees. But my passion to become a chocolate maker was born. I then went about what comes natural to me: making list upon list of questions and doing everything I can to find answers. Leaving no stone unturned is what made me a good lawyer and would now make me a good chocolate maker.
So when people ask me: "why chocolate?" I try to always qualify that by saying that I believe God gave me an undeserved gift in this idea. I am also using this new adventure to be more involved in my family's life. I marvel at how they have endured my OCD. My 17 year old daughter, Lawren, has graciously responded with help when I have asked her at least 100,000 times "what do you think about..." I may let go of a rising career, money, notoriety, and apparent success and trading it for less money, much less security, and beginning at the bottom of the bean heap. Then I see all of the blessings that have come my way over the last two years and can't help but think that the good hand of God is upon this. We all know that our greatest strengths are often our greatest weaknesses and here is mine: I never give up. It is not my goal to be voted the best chocolate maker in the world or that Askinosie Chocolate be loved by millions. My hope is that Caron and I together will make good chocolate that many people will greatly enjoy.
Mission and values Real People. Real Places. Eat Good Chocolate.
Founded in 2007 - based in Springfield, MO
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|Headquarter Location(s)||Springfield, MO|
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