Haiti has its very own lean chocolate bar, and it’s called Askanya made by Askanya Chocolateries. The brand was created by three entrepreneurs whom are based in Haiti. As of this writing, the brand is available in 10 locations in the US, including the famed The District in New York, Fritai in New Orleans and The Chocolate Factory in DC, in addition to 25 prime locations all over Haiti. According to one of its co-founders, Askanya is based in Ouanaminthe, a city outside of Port-au-Prince, and its location isn’t a coincidence. Co-founder Corinne Sanon Symeitz says she and her co-founders chose that location to reduce business dependency on Port-au-Prince. Askanya employs Haiti’s farmers, cocoa growers, and food lab workers, many of whom are women.
From the tree to processing to an Askanya bar.
[[Product photos: Andreas Symeitz]
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