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3 Steps To Amazing, Difference-Making Hot Chocolate

Ah…hot chocolate. The sultry, chocolatey treat some say originates nearly 2000 years ago from the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Hot chocolate has been with us for thousands of years in a variety of presentations. In the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used for medicinal purposes – now that’s great healthcare!

Here in Springfield and right around the corner from the Convoy of Hope offices is local chocolate maker extraordinaire, Shawn Askinosie. An attorney turned chocolate maker, Shawn has been producing some of the best, small-batch chocolate in the world and has garnered awards, recognition and even a nod from none other than Oprah Winfrey.

While Shawn appreciates the accolades, his chocolate passion allows him to invest in the lives of farmers and families around the world. Shawn buys cocoa beans direct, shares the profits with his farmers and personally travels the world to thank the growers who produce his award-winning beans. It was along these travels, when he stumbled upon an amazing hot chocolate drink from the Philippines – Tableya. Shawn shared his 3 steps for amazing, difference-making Tableya with me and I’m excited to pass it along to you:

Buy Tableya from Askinosie Chocolate

Shawn purchases the ingredients from farmers and families in the Philippines. A local, Filipino PTA at Malagos Elementary School in Davao wraps the ingredients into a convenient package for all of us to purchase and use in our hot chocolate creation.

Make Tableya

Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to low. Drop chocolate tablets in water and stir until dissolved. Add sugar if desired and stir until dissolved. Enjoy.

Feed 225 Kids

Each package of Tableya purchased will provide enough money to buy and prepare 225 meals to students at Malagos Elementary School. This lunch program is 100% sustainable, requiring zero donations.

If the wind is blowing just right, we can smell Shawn’s chocolate from our offices. It’s a great reminder that chocolate can be so much more…it can be HOPE.

Learn more about Shawn Askinosie, Askinosie Chocolate and Tableya at

Listen to an interview with Shawn Askinosie

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