Friday, January 7, 2011

Best of Lei Chic 2010: Get Your Licks
As we begin to ring in 2011, Lei Chic is taking a look back into our archives and bringing you some of the best stories we published during 2010. Enjoy and see you next week!
Originally published July 23, 2010

You’ve got a rough formula for diet-blowing that goes something like this: taste must be greater than, or equal to, the amount of time it will take to burn it off (in treadmill minutes, which are longer than actual minutes).

And since you’re a whiz at math, you know that some snacks just don’t add up (we’re looking at you, convenience store nachos). Well, plug this one into the equation: Tropical Dreams ice cream is now available on Oahu.

Tropical Dreams treats have been around on the Big Island for years, and now, thanks to Melanie Boudar, owner of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier (and our new dairy godmother), these creamy creations can be scooped up in Kailua.

Made on Lalamilo Farm in Waimea, the ice cream is crafted with fresh sweet cream from Big Island dairies—and it contains 18 percent butter fat, which is dessert-speak for “heaven on your tongue.” They also source as many local fruits as possible, like white pineapple, poha berry, ohelo berry and dragonfruit.

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier currently carries eight flavors, including Tahitian vanilla, white chocolate ginger and chocolate coconut macadamia—so your biggest decision will be which to splurge on first.

Luscious flavors + supporting local companies + a great way to cool off this summer … you do the math. It all adds up to being worth the weight.

On Oahu, find Tropical Dreams ice cream at Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, 20-A Kainehe St., Kailua; 808.230.8228. For a full list of locations, visit

Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 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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