Local Chocolate Factory Celebrates Valentine’s Day


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Askinosie Chocolate prepares for Valentine’s Day months in advance, celebrating the holiday with tasty events and assortments of bean-to-bar chocolate.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Askinosie is offering free hot chocolate samples to those shopping at the storefront located at 514 E Commercial St. The company will also host a deluxe factory tour and coffee and chocolate pairing class in partnership with local coffee shops. 

“I go myself and meet with farmers around the world every year,” said Askinosie Chocolate CEO Shawn Askinosie. “We buy the beans directly from farmers and ship them here to our warehouse where we literally make the chocolate from the bean.”

When the company isn’t creating homemade chocolate products, Askinosie Chocolate works to feed 1,000 children in the Philippines each day, and also engages local students through a program named Chocolate University. 

“We have 17 full-time employees, we have done this for almost 12 years so we’re pretty efficient– we plan way in advance,” said Askinosie regarding the busiest time of year for sweet shops. “In some ways, we’re working the whole year round to prepare for this special time of Valentine’s Day.”

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