Discover the Secret of Hawaiian-Grown Chocolate

Discover the Secret of Hawaiian-Grown Chocolate

Posted by Hawaiian Isles on 7/31/2017 to Best of Hawaii
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Many people already know Hawaii is the only U.S. state able to grow coffee commercially. But did you also know the tropical climate, rich volcanic soil, and unique growing conditions that make Hawaii the perfect place to grow the world's best coffee also provides ideal growing conditions for one of our other favorite foods? Chocolate!


The Big Island of Hawaii has its own little chocolate plantation & factory! And they offer informative, tasty, and fun guided tours!

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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory & Plantation is one of our favorite chocolate farms that does it all -- they grow, harvest, process, and package All-Hawaiian chocolate.

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The owner, Bob Cooper, provides in-depth knowledge of the chocolate making process.


Most chocolate lovers have experienced only the delicious end result, but visitors to the plantation can sign up and experience a guided tour that walks you through the ENTIRE process. Spoiler Alert: It's a LOT of work, and almost all of it is done by hand. Each step of the process impacts the flavor and quality of the final product.

From seedlings to delicious chocolate bars

Chocolate grows on tropical fruit trees, kind of like coffee. But instead of small cherries they produce large, football-shaped pods which grow off the trunk and limbs. The pods are full of seeds or cocoa beans, which are the raw ingredient for chocolate.


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Plantation and factory tours are offered Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and Friday mornings at 9:00am and 11:00am. It's a one-hour walking tour of the orchard and factory and, of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts a fabulous tour … it’s full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar. (advance reservations are required for all tours)

Visit the official website for more information.

We hope you enjoyed our little taste of Aloha! If you ever have any questions or story ideas, please e-mail us at mailorder@hawaiianisles.com!


Mahalo!

 
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