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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
78-6772 Makenawai Street,
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Latitude: 19.587605 Longitude: -155.951512
Email Address: [email protected]
This tour is free
Welcome to Kona, and the most exotic chocolate on earth ~ exclusively from The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.
When we moved to our 6-acre orchards and home overlooking the Kona coastline in 1997 from North Carolina, fulfilling our dream to live where the mountains meet the sea, we dedicated ourselves to creating the finest products ~ Kona Coffee, and now pure Hawaiian Chocolate. There is something about our volcanic soil, Island showers and tropical Hawaiian sun that blesses them with unique flavor that is world renowned.
This is especially true with our totally unique chocolate. We are the ONLY producers to grow and process all-Hawaiian chocolate anywhere on earth. From the 1,300 cacao trees that surround our Keauhou home we process only Big Island grown cocoa beans. Our micro processing factory is the only one in Hawai'i ~ assuring total quality control from the fields to the final chocolate bars.
Don't be misled by other chocolate distributors who claim "made with..." (that's a blend), or, "Made in Hawai'i"(made with imported beans). There is only ONE chocolate grown, harvested, processed and packaged in Hawai'i ~ from The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. We invite you to experience our exceptionally unique chocolate. America's own!
Grown In Hawai'i
Pods full of cocoa beans grow directly from the trunk and branches of the 10'-12' trees. As they ripen over a five month period of time the pods go through a colorful evolution from green to yellow or deep maroon to candy apple red. The ripe pods are then handpicked and sliced open. Inside each pod are beans covered with white mucilage that looks and tastes nothing like chocolate.
After extracting the cocoa beans they are fermented in slatted wooden boxes. The beans are then spread out and slowly dried on racks in our Hawaiian sun for 22-28 days.
Made in Hawai'i
The cocoa beans, once sorted and roasted to perfection, are put through a custom built "flinger" which removes their shells and leaves the pure chocolate "nib". The all-Hawaiian nibs are ground into a chocolate liquor paste inside our highly specialized Conche/Refiner.
At this point cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla powder, and/or milk powder is added ~ depending on whether dark or milk chocolate is being made.
After a second conching of up to 12 hours, lecithin is added to turn the batch into a creamy, rich, pure Hawaiian chocolate fluid.
The chocolate is then tempered and molded ~ creating solid Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory bars.
We generally have tours on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 AM Reservations are required, and the cost is $10/person (n/c for
children under 12) for a 1 hour walking tour of the orchards and factory, which includes tastings.
Bob conducts a fabulous tour...it's full of information about every step
in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding the bars.
Feel free to give us a call at (888) 447-2626 or email if you would like
to make a reservation when you're in Kona. Looking forward to meeting you!
This information was brought to you by a contributing member:
Chocolate is Aloha!
Pam, Bob and Danette