One of Honolulu’s Best Chocolate Truffle Makers Has a New Shop in Mānoa
We tried Choco le‘a’s new shop and found truffles for everyone, from Hello Kitty and robot shapes, to lychee liqueur and liliko‘i flavors.
When we wrote about Choco le‘a last year, the chocolate truffle company only sold its confections at LMS Boutique or online. After four years without a storefront, Choco le‘a has taken over the LMS space in Mānoa Square and opened a cozy boutique of its own.
There are truly truffles for everyone: solid-chocolate Hello Kitty and robot shapes for the kids at heart, Glenfiddich and Guinness beer for drinkers, fruity liqueurs and triple-chocolate delights for those with a real sweet tooth. We tried everything from margarita with sea salt, Grand Marnier with caramel, banana rum, lychee and Amarula liqueurs, pinot noir and Kahlua French vanilla, to a classic favorite, caramel with Hawaiian sea salt. The silky texture and subtlety of the flavors emphasize the gourmet European and Hawaiian chocolate in every bite. Next on our must-try list: cookie butter, peanut butter and jelly, Kona coffee and liliko‘i.
On top of the display case (which is, somehow, not covered in drool and fingerprints) samples of chocolate macadamia-nut clusters beckon. They’re available by the bag ($3.99), as are an assortment of treats in the refrigerator, such as chocolate-dipped Oreos of varying flavors (lemon, berry cream, peanut butter, mint, $1.99 each).
The cottagelike store is in its soft-opening phase right now, offering a free cooler when you spend $50 or more. (It’s not hard: A box of 20 pieces is $39.99, and there were at least that many flavors available when we went.) The grand opening will take place sometime in November.
2909 Lowrey Ave., around the corner past Mānoa Marketplace. Open Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. chocolea.com, 426-6540.