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Chocolate and Cocoa Powder 101

Share on PinterestMore share buttonsWe’re almost out of chocolate blocks. Sam had been experimenting with chocolate, she’s asked me to buy more and additional molds too. We’re all going to get fatter but who can resist chocolate? I know I can’t. In fact, because it’s been a stressful week and I kept saying how depressed I was, Speedy bought me a box of Andes Mint Chocolate and, every time I felt the stress start to creep in, I’d take a few pieces and munch on them. It works. Chocolate gets...

Second Acts: Why Shawn Askinosie Dumped His Law Practice To Make Chocolate

In 2005, after 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Shawn Askinosie embarked on a career as a self-taught artisanal chocolate maker. With $750,000 of savings and a $1 million loan, he bought a building in a blighted Springfield, MO neighborhood and filled it with chocolate-making equipment imported from Europe and South America.Shawn AskinosieShawn Askinosie.Instead of buying cocoa beans from brokers, he traveled to Ecuador, Tanzania and the Philippines and formed relationships with...