Monday, February 2, 2009

Cocoa Loco

You aced the holiday gift test – found that perfect, thoughtful, useful, fun gift for your sweetie. And now, you’re fresh out of original gift ideas for V Day.

So stick with the old stand-by: chocolate. It’s easy. And these unique chocolates will give your Valentine something to choc about.

Hawai‘i Chocolate
Everything tastes better when it doesn't have to endure a six-hour flight or a five-day sail from the mainland. That includes chocolate.

Malie Kai chocolate bars are made on the North Shore using cocoa from cacao trees grown on former Dole Pineapple plantation land. Find stores that carry them here.

Waialua Extra Dark chocolates are made from the same O‘ahu-grown ingredients, but are sold only at the Dole Plantation store in Wahiawa.
The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou makes chocolate in small batches using cocoa from trees grown on the same property where the chocolate is made. Find stores that carry it here.

Other Unique Chocolates
Put sugar with spice and you get everything nice. But what about melding sweet chocolate and and salty, smoky bacon? Chocolate-covered bacon is a surprising bite. Find it at Neiman Marcus Ala Moana Center and Honolulu Chocolate Company at Ward Center.

You've never believed chocolate was to blame for breakouts. But chocolate that can make your skin clearer? Frutels is an anti-acne vitamin cocktail contained in a sugar-free chocolate drop. Online at

Even if your Valentine chocolates don't come with the promise of love, they'll bring you happiness − definitely in the short term, and maybe for the long term. Intentional Chocolates are candies made by meditators who've studied with the Dalai Lama and infused with a blessing for the recipient. Here's what's intended for anyone who eats one: “Whoever consumes this chocolate will manifest optimal health and functioning at physical, emotional and mental levels, and in particular will enjoy an increased sense of energy, vigor and well-being for the benefit of all beings.” Online at

Eat with a grain of salt. (Or a slice of bacon.)

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2009 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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