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A Chocolatey Proposal

October 26th, 2009

proposal

Sorry for the little hiatus – but I have a good excuse: Taste Tester and I got engaged!

We went on a midwestern road trip visiting Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri where we visited our friends at the Askinosie Chocolate factory.

Want proof? Here’s me in Iowa. (We don’t have corn like that in NJ):

iowa

Obviously, I was really excited to visit our friends and to have the privilege of seeing their factory, but apparently Taste Tester was anticipating it for alternate reasons. Enlisting the help of Shawn Askinosie, he proposed right in the factory! Here’s the story:

Shortly after Taste Tester and I arrived at the factory in Springfield (MO), we went to watch and help as chocolate molds were filled, and as the chocolate bars were un-molded and packaged. After filling a few dozen molds, we walked around to the opposite end of the cooling tunnel to retrieve the cooled and hardened bars. Taste Tester pulled an Askinosie Chalk-Late Box out of the tunnel that read “To Kristy” in chalk.

Chalk-late box

(Disclaimer: Engagment ring not normally included in Chalk-late box. :P)

While I anxiously awaited biting into a fresh chocolate bar, “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison came on the speakers and Taste Tester opened the box to reveal a ring as he got down on one knee. The entire Askinosie team was in on it and there to witness the proposal. It was awesome and very sweet.

This is the cooling tunnel that my ring came out of:

chocolate cooling tunnel

Going with the chocolate theme, Taste Tester was originally on the hunt for a chocolate diamond ring, but found this beautiful sapphire instead. He likes to think of it as a chocolate (the stone) and peanut butter (the gold band) ring. Aww!

ring

Aftereward, we enjoyed a champagne toast with everyone. This is us on the left with the whole team (minus Shawn, who is taking the picture):

Askinosie Team

As if the engagement wasn’t exciting enough, Taste Tester and I got to spend the next few days seeing every corner of the factory and hung out with all of the people and machines that work together to turn those cocoa beans into the delicious chocolate bars that we get to enjoy. We got to help add ingredients to the Universal, watch as cocoa butter was made, learn how cocoa powder is made, roast cocoa beans, help un-mold and package bars, etc. We even got to taste the chocolate in many of it’s various stages, which was really cool. Here are a few shots (there are even more on flickr):

Outside shot – unfortunately we didn’t get any sun during our trip, so sorry for the gloomy shot:

askinosie chocolate factory

The neat store-front (I love the old mural):

store-front

Some of the products I’ve worked on sell there, including the Itty Bar Jar, Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Nibs:

cocoa powder

The melangeur is one of the many machines there. It’s job is to refine the chocolate. During our trip, it was working on some of that delicious Davao White Chocolate:

melangeur

Here’s us letting the beans out of the roaster to cool:

roasting cocoa beans

Taste Tester (aka future hubs) helping package bars:

Taste Tester

And lastly, here’s Shawn and us:

shawn askinosie

I will be sharing a little more about the trip including some chocolate and peanut butter that we found along the way! One snack that we enjoyed at the Askinosie Factory was P.B. Loco’s Cookie Dough Peanut Butter with Askinosie chocolate. Yummy!

Big, big super huge thanks to all of our friends at Askinosie Chocolate for sharing in the planning and secret-keeping that revolved around the proposal! Taste Tester and I look forward to a lifetime together of chocolate-peanut-butter-fueled happiness! :)

18 responses so far:

  • Awh that is so sweet! Congratulations!! What a GREAT proposal!

    by LieslOct 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm
  • MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    by VeggieGirlOct 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm
  • Awwww! Congrats! :D

    by SeraOct 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm
  • Congratulations! I wonder what kind of cake/dessert will be served at your wedding. Hmm…

    by ErinOct 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm
  • We had such a great time! We were honored that our friends would travel such a distance to see us but we were in the clouds when the Taste Tester called to tell us of his plans and ask for help. We will remember this for a long time to come. Thanks for letting us in on this.
    Shawn

    by Shawn AskinosieOct 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm
  • This is such a nice and unique proposal (and ring). Congratulations :)

    by DolceOct 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm
  • Congratulations Kristy! I am so happy for you. What a wonderful proposal story.

    by RisaOct 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm
  • Congratulations! I read about this by following Askinosie on Twitter and thought it was a fantastic and sweet story. Your details here made it all the more fun.

    by Danna Dykstra-CoyOct 27, 2009 at 2:58 am
  • Congratulations!! That is such a great proposal, so thoughtful & creative! I love the ring. It’s gorgeous!!! He put so much thought into everything. Must be a great guy!!

    by StephanieOct 27, 2009 at 11:08 am
  • This is a terrific story and I am thrilled for both of you. The ring suits you perfectly as well. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!

    by MissFiFiOct 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm
  • Congrats! what a great proposal (and gorgeous ring!)

    by Nova726Oct 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm
  • Oh, what a delicious proposal! Congratulations to you both.

    by EmilyOct 28, 2009 at 3:04 am
  • Congrats! That’s one of the best proposal stories ever!

    by caronaeNov 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm
  • Congrats! What a perfect way to propose :)

    by MarianneNov 3, 2009 at 4:28 am
  • You have a chocolate peanut butter ring! What could be better than that! Congratulations and all the best to you. Thanks for sharing your story here; I loved reliving it! Tell your fiance he’s brilliant and sweet and cpb-hearty!

    by MarniNov 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm
  • [...] to visit them at their home-base in Missouri and Shawn Askinosie even helped Taste Tester set up his proposal right in their chocolate factory! My “chocolate and peanut butter” ring came out of [...]

  • [...] (Though maybe I wish I wasn’t… that sounds pretty awesome!) Remember how Taste Tester and I got engaged in a chocolate factory? Well we finally decided to get married. Yay! So I’m knee deep in wedding planning. Things [...]

  • That is the most romantic proposal ever. And the idea behind the ring… Amazing.

    by Mr. PAug 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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