Missouri- Askinosie Chocolate, a small batch chocolate manufacturer, sources 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, shifted his focus after 19 years as a criminal defense lawyer. In search of re-wirement outside the courtroom, Shawn began baking. His obsession with cupcakes turned into a passion for making chocolate from scratch. Now Shawn travels to regions of Mexico and Ecuador to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Shawn to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. Askinosie Chocolate exists to create great tasting chocolate made by people who love the noble craft. Their intention is not to win “the best chocolate in the world” award. But they do aim to be the best little chocolate factory in the world.