Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, travels to regions of the Philippines, Tanzania, Ecuador and Honduras to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for their chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other and to share the Askinosie Chocolate experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.

Chocolate University is a collaborative partnership of Askinosie Chocolate and Drury University created to benefit the children of the neighborhood. It was formed with a vision to provide a learning experience to Boyd, Pipkin, and Central students through the lens of artisan chocolate making.  The goals are twofold; inspire the students about business and a world beyond Springfield.  Shawn Askinosie was motivated to found this program because he wanted to reach out to the neighborhood children. The factory is located in the Historic Commercial Street District and is one block from the Missouri Hotel (Springfield’s largest homeless shelter), where too many children have to spend the night. Many of the kids attend nearby schools just blocks from the factory and near Drury University.  Askinosie wanted the children of the neighborhood to be exposed to Askinosie Chocolate and how they do business.  Askinosie Chocolate is the sole funding source of Chocolate University by donating 100% of their proceeds to Drury University for the benefit of the neighborhood children.