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Hawaiian Chocolate

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 72% with Salt

Bar: 72% with Salt Maker: Manoa (Oahu, Hawai’i, USA) Price: $9.95/56.7g (Direct From Maker) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: Cacao, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter & Salt Appearance: Thin personalized mold with the brand’s name on the front and . Aroma: Sweet fudgey brownies with dried fruit. Melt & Snap: okay melt & strong snap. Flavor: Savoury mushroom immediately blossoms into …

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*Manoa 60% Breakfast Bar

Bar: 60% Breakfast Bar Maker: Manoa (Oahu, Hawai’i, USA) Price: $9.95/56.7g (Direct From Maker) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Cacao, Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter & Coffee Beans Appearance: Beautiful new mold from Manoa, with the coffee & cacao nibs absolutely coating the back; very dark brown color for a milk chocolate. Aroma: Sweet medium-roast coffee …

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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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*Manoa Goat Milk 69%

Bar: Goat Milk 69% Maker: Manoa (Oahu, Hawai’i, USA) Price: $9.75/49g (Bright River Chocolate, Online US Retailer) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Cacao Nibs, Cane Sugar, Goat Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter Appearance: Pre-broken mold with large blocks on either side of a stylized “manoa” imprint. Very dark brown in color. Aroma: Deep cocoa and some …

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*Manoa 60% Dark Milk Lavender

Bar: 60% Dark Milk with Lavender Maker: Manoa (Oahu, HI, USA) Price: $9.75/49g (Bright River Chocolate, Online US Retailer) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 7.5/10 Ingredients: Cacao Nibs, Cane Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Appearance: Medium brown like a dark chocolate would be; 6 pre-broken blocks with a huge stylized “Manoa” one in the …

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