Tableya is a traditional Filipino hot chocolate beverage made from 100% pure, roasted cocoa beans that are pressed into coin-shaped tablets. Askinosie Tableya makes a very velvety-smooth, rich hot chocolate, but even more importantly this Tableya has a story. It’s A Product Of Change.™
Each package of Tableya purchased generates about 200 nutritious school lunch meals for the Filipino students at Cadalian Elementary School in Davao, Philippines, which borders land owned by our farmer partners in the area.
Tableya is a traditional Filipino hot chocolate beverage made from 100% pure, roasted cocoa beans that are pressed into coin-shaped tablets. Askinosie Tableya makes a very velvety-smooth, rich hot chocolate, but even more importantly this Tableya has a story. It’s A Product Of Change.™ Each package of Tableya purchased generates about 200 nutritious school lunch meals for the Filipino students at Cadalian Elementary School in Davao, Philippines, which borders land owned by our farmer partners in the area.
Here's how it works: The ingredients for Tabelya-- 100% Roasted Cocoa Beans--are imported to our factory on the same container as our Davao origin cocoa beans and our team sells the Tableya direct-to-consumer. We then return 100% of proceeds from the sales of Tableya to the school to source and prepare nutritious lunches made with local ingredients for their students. In other words, the nutrition program is completely sustainable, requiring zero donations. This year, due to government regulations we were unable to import the Tableya. So we decided to make our own in our factory (using the same beans that we buy to make our Davao chocolate with), on behalf of the PTA, in order to keep this program going!
The coolest part? The Cadalian Elementary PTA planted 400 excellent cocoa trees on school property that will begin yielding pods in two years. The seedlings were originally provided by our farmer partners! Once the trees yield, we will start purchasing those cocoa beans and that will be enough money for the school to fund their own lunch program. The teachers and parents of students will tend to the trees and harvest the beans, and the students will receive horticultural education.
History: During a visit to Malagos Elementary School in 2010, Shawn Askinosie met with the principal and teachers and asked about their greatest needs—hunger was the biggest issue. He learned from the school administrators that 20% of the children at Malagos were on the malnourished “watch list”. Research shows that kids have a difficult time learning when they are hungry. So together, Shawn and the Malagos PTA created the Askinosie Chocolate University Malagos Elementary Lunch Program.
Present Day Program + Success: Since the program’s inception in 2010, through December 2016, Tableya sales will generate 851,900 meals for elementary students at Malagos Elementary School. These meals translate to healthier children and better school performance.
At the close of the 2014-15 school year, the Malagos Elementary School National Achievement Test (NAT) scores improved markedly--the Malagos school average improved 12% in the 3 years since the lunch program began. Students’ weight and arm circumference measures also have improved substantially. At the close of the 2014-15 school year, all participating student measures were in the “ normal” range, representing a positive shift of 33 students--with many more maintaining their normal weight.
The A Product of Change Model targets 3-5 year relationships with partner school PTA groups. After the PTA becomes proficient producing the product, they are able to take over product sales and distribution.
2016 is the fifth and last year for A Product of Change at Malagos Elementary. The Malagos Elementary PTA is working on their business plan for sustained funding for the program, with our assistance. The Malagos PTA also prepared a detailed training manual and counsel for last year's partner PTA at nearby Baguio Elementary school. The transition marks an important moment for the nutrition program--Askinosie Tableya will now bring better nutrition to 900 more children every day.
To Prepare: Our Favorite Tableya Recipe (Makes one 5-6 ounce serving)
Bring 1 cup water to a rapid boil. Dissolve 2 Askinosie Tableya discs in boiling water. Continue to boil gently while stirring constantly. The beverage will thicken to your desired consistency between 3 and 5 minutes.
Add milk and sugar to taste. Any type of sugar (about 1T) and milk or cream (about ¼ cup) will make a delicious cup of Tableya. At Askinosie, we like to use sweetened condensed milk (about 2T). Whisk to combine.
For a richer taste, whip the finished drink with a whisk, traditional ballotine or hand blender until frothy. Enjoy.
Looking for more Tableya recipes? Try making Champorado, a traditional Filipino chocolate rice dish!