Jan 17, 2011 7:55 PM by Matt Stafford

Springs woman sending off "Beans for the Brave"

A Colorado Springs woman says she's found "gold" for our soldiers overseas.

MeLissa Rocco has been selling chocolate for about a year now. She was having a show for some of her products in December when a soldier at the show told her that the chocolate covered espresso beans she was selling were like "gold" to the soldiers. Rocco was told they were a good energy booster and were easier to carry around than coffee.

Now she's working to get them overseas. For anyone that buys a box for the troops, she's taking her profit and instead using it for shipping costs.  She's calling the program "Beans for the Brave."

"If I can help them stay awake, when they're needing to be and they're really, really tired, just by popping a few espresso beans -- and make a little smile for them too because who doesn't like chocolate? -- it's something that makes me smile," Rocco says.

Rocco says you can't ship chocolate over the summer because of the heat -- unless you want it to melt. She's working to get out a large batch by the end of the week. She's hoping for 100 boxes, then after the summer trying to double that when November rolls around. Each box cost $20.

If you want more information you can call Rocco (probably the fastest way if you want to make this shipment) at (719) 439-3522. You can also visit her website by clicking here.


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