Candied Bacon Roses, Kama Sutra Chocolates and More
7 places to pick up sweets for Valentine’s Day.
Clockwise from top left: Solid Dark chocolate hearts dusted with gold, a heart-shaped box made from solid dark chocolate and a trio of chocolate-dipped fruits from Choco le‘a in Mānoa.
Photos: Catherine Toth Fox
There’s no excuse for showing up to a Valentine’s Day date empty handed, especially with so many sweets options in Honolulu. Here are seven places you can pick up yummy gifts your darling will love.
Options are plentiful at this cute Mānoa boutique but, if you want to go beyond the standard box of truffles, owner Erin Kanno Uehara has put together a number of V-Day-only specials for him, for her or for yourself. A nine-piece box comes with preset flavors including a gold-sprayed solid dark chocolate heart, white chocolate with strawberry rhubarb, and peach chardonnay ($19.99). If you want to share, a 20-piece box comes with two of each flavor, ranging from Surinam cherry to triple chocolate ($39.99). One of our favorite options is the heart-shaped box made of chocolate ($6.99), into which you can sneak jewelry or other gifts (just make sure you don’t let it melt). We also love the full-pound box set, half filled with dark chocolate macadamia nut clusters and half with chocolate-dipped fruits ($39.99), and different flavors of chocolate-covered Oreos ($2.49 each or $10.49 for a bag of four). Pre-order your items or visit the shop, which will be open and fully stocked on Valentine’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2909 Lowrey Ave., 371-2234, chocolea.com
HONOLULU CHOCOLATE CO.
Every year, Honolulu Chocolate Co. sells chocolate-dipped strawberries by the pound ($32) or half-pound ($16). One pound includes about a dozen strawberries—perfect for sharing. Orders are being accepted now, and pickup is anytime between Feb. 8 and 14. Call for more information and to place your order.
Ward Village, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 591-2997, and Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel & Resort, 2255 Kalākaua Ave., 931-8937, honoluluchocolate.com
HONOLULU COOKIE CO.
Shortbread cookies shaped like hearts and dipped in chocolate: yes. Dark-chocolate liliko‘i, white-chocolate coconut, dark-triple-chocolate macadamia cookies: triple yes. Choose from heart-shaped boxes ($6.95 for a tin of five, $21.95 for a red satin box of 16), window boxes ($13.95 for 12), pop-up boxes ($7.95 for eight), a cube of 44 ($30.95, only available online) or a pineapple ornament filled with chocolate-dipped macadamia cookies ($5.95, three cookies). Check the website for which flavors come in which sets. Orders must be placed by Feb. 7 to arrive in time for Valentine’s Day.
Multiple locations, honolulucookie.com
MALIE KAI CHOCOLATES
In this small shop at Royal Hawaiian Center, you can get Malie Kai’s new white-chocolate lemon vodka truffles, made with vodka brewed on Maui, along with a box of Hawaiian rum truffles and a small purse with the Malie Kai logo, for $45.95, a special price for Valentine’s Day. Each box comes with eight truffles made with Hawai‘i-grown cacao and all-natural ingredients.
2201 Kalākaua Ave., Suite C-119, 922-9090, maliekai.com
As if the 65 different chocolates at Padovani’s weren’t enough to choose from, for Valentine’s Day, many will be heart-shaped or come with edible gold flakes. Philippe and Pierre Padovani have yet to finalize all their special packaging and box sets, but you can expect compartments for chocolates as well as other gifts, such as jewelry, which you can also buy from the shop. For something a little cheekier, pick up some Kama Sutra chocolates for $38 a set.
The Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 ‘Iwilei Road, Suite 280, 536-4567, padovanischocolates.com
SWEET REVENGE HONOLULU
Though you won’t be taking revenge on anyone this Valentine’s Day (we hope), you’ll definitely dig the sweet part. Special pies available from this mobile bakery, including chocolate-strawberry, chocolate-raspberry, 5C (chocolate crust, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, grated chocolate and whipped cream) and red velvet. You can also purchase a bouquet of candied bacon roses or chocolate-dipped strawberries. The truck will be in Honolulu on the Friday and Saturday before Valentine’s Day with pickup of orders at Kapi‘olani Community College’s farmers market on Saturday or Mililani on Sunday. Call for prices and other details.
WE HEART CAKE CO.
This darling shop, with soft-pink walls and cupcakes named “Mint to Be” and “Love You So Maccha,” moved into the Remington building last May. For Valentine’s Day, owner Kanako Kiyabu is making a 4-inch red velvet cake with pink, red and white decorations, including cake pops and mini cupcakes, for $38. Orders must be placed by Feb. 5 and picked up between Feb. 10 and 14.
1111 Bishop St., Suite 3, 533-2253, weheartcakecompany.com