Satisfy Your Sweet ToothO‘ahu

Chocoholics and candy lovers, rejoice! Hawai‘i is the only U.s. state where cacao is grown, and there are several places on O‘ahu where you can savor island-grown chocolate and candies.

Make a stop at WAIALUA SUGAR MILL, where you can taste rare, aromatic O‘ahu coffee while learning about how locally produced cacao turns into a unique kind of dark or milk chocolate.

Kailua, on the Windward side of the island, is a chocolate lovers’ mecca. At MANOA CHOCOLATE FACTORY, you can observe and follow the production of tempting, bean-to-bar island chocolate, and then take home a few artisan-made Hawaiian sea salt bars for yourself. At Kailua’s award-winning MADRE CHOCOLATE COMPANY, you also can sample a superb selection of chocolate blended with traditional fruits and spices. Madre also offers occasional chocolate making, tasting and beverage pairing events.

Located at 49-227A Kamehameha Hwy., TROPICAL FARMS OF HAWAII is a great place to pick

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up chocolate-covered mac (macadamia) nuts and coffees for your friends back home—if you don’t eat them up before you get back!

Also handmade in Hawai‘i, FINE ASS CHOCOLATES’ beloved “Donkey Balls” are chocolaty orbs of deliciousness! You won’t want to stop popping them in your mouth. Find them in Chinatown.

Honolulu’s MENEHUNE MAC is another scrumptious sweets manufacturer offering chocolates, mac nuts, jams, jellies and more. CANDY MAKING TOURS are held saturdays at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Visit menehunemac.com.

CROWN ALOHA chocolates are infused with tropical flavors. They also have a souvenir tin that’s easy to transport home. And for cookie and candy lovers, BIG ISLAND CANDIES and HONOLULU COOKIE COMPANY gift packages also make great (and travel-friendly) gift packages for a taste of the isles.

Whether you bite into a square of milk, dark or mixed with nuts bar, your taste buds are in for delight!