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 coff ee while learning about how locally produced cacao turns into a unique kind of dark or milk chocolate.
In Kailua, you’ll fi nd MĀNOA CHOCOLATE FACTORY, where you can observe and follow the production of tempting bean-to-bar island chocolate, and then take home a few 101 things to do | o‘a h u
Honolulu’s MENEHUNE MAC is another scrumptious sweets manufacturer off ering chocolates, mac nuts, jams, jellies and more. CANDY-MAKING TOURS are held Saturdays at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Visit menehunemac.com.
Other places to fi nd Hawai‘i- crafted chocolates include CHOCO LE‘A in Mānoa, LONOHANA HAWAIIAN ESTATE CHOCOLATE at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, and PADOVANI’S CHOCOATES at Dole Cannery in Iwilei. For delicious souvenirs, there’s CROWN ALOHA chocolates that are infused with tropical fl avors. They also have a souvenir tin that’s easy to transport home. And, for cookie and candy lovers, BIG ISLAND CANDIES and HONOLULU COOKIE CO. 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!