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Chocolate On The Road: Hawaii

“There’s growing and then there’s making, right, and both are distinct arts. So what is Hawaiian chocolate? Is it only that it’s grown here? What if it’s shipped to Switzerland— does it then become Swiss chocolate because it’s made there?” -Tammie Butterbaugh, Manoa Chocolate Hawai’i has made both their pineapples & their macadamia nuts world …

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Hawaiian Chocolate & Cacao Culture

Paradise. This is most people’s understanding of Hawaii. There are palm trees swaying in the wind, a gentle surf, and pineapples. Sometimes we imagine macadamia nuts and hula dancers, but overall it’s more tropical beach than rain forest. But such images just scratch the surface of Hawaiian potential, and all the many unique things to …

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*Manoa Costa Rica 72%

Bar: Costa Rica 72% Maker: Manoa (Oahu, Hawai’i, USA) Price: $7.95/49g (Bright River Chocolate) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 3/10 Ingredients: Cacao Nibs, Sugar, Cocoa Butter Appearance: Pre-broken mold surrounding the Manoa logo, and unremarkable dark brown color. Aroma: Rich sweet fudge. Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & nice snap. Flavor: Dark grassiness and then pure cocoa …

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*Madre Spiced Coconut Pecan 55%

Bar: Spiced Coconut Pecan (55%) Maker: Madre (Hawai’i, USA) Price: $10.99/43g (Chocolopolis, Online US Retailer) Overall Rating: 7/10 Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Organic Dominican Cacao, Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut, Organic Cocoa Butter, Pecans, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cardamom, Whole Vanilla, Sea Salt Appearance: Light brown with white bits on the back side; the color would have normally had …

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