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.
In Kailua, you’ll find MANOA CHOCOLATE FACTORY, where 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.
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.
Other places to find Hawaii-crafted chocolates include CHOCO LE‘A in Manoa, LONOHANA HAWAIIAN ESTATE CHOCOLATE at SALT in Kaka‘ako and, PADOVANI’S CHOCOATES at Dole Cannery in Iwilei. For delicious souvenirs, there’s CROWN ALOHA chocolates that 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!
NOTE: At press time, many venues have revised hours or are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Be sure to check with individual venues for hours of operation.