Monday, May 5, 2008

Hot Chocolate

Most people’s private dream of paradise includes palm trees, a luminous blue sea and pristine beaches. Okay, so we’re already there.

What to do now? Raid the garden and start creating your own Eden.

Master chocolatier Melanie Boudar took her piece of Volcano paradise, plus 28 years experience as a traveling gemologist, and mixed in the finest Venezuelan, Belgian, French and Hawaiian chocolate to invent the divine chocolate jewels she now makes as Sweet Paradise Chocolates.

www.leichic.comHer confections combine luxurious local flavors like lilikoi, strawberry guava, lychee, starfruit, and even ginger and Hawaiian chili pepper with different flavors and concentrations of locally-grown cacao – she’s partnered with several Big Island growers.  

Among the artful bon bons she creates are an orchard of fruit-flavored truffles; caramels strewn with macadamia nut bits, drenched in Waialua chocolate then dusted with red alae; and a solid French chocolate fashioned into a honu complete with a shell.

These jewels might even be better than those in the little blue box www.leichic.comthis Valentine’s Day.

In fact, this paradise of sweets is so exquisitely delicious, you’ll have to, like Eve, resist the temptation to gobble them all at once.

Available online at, and occasionally at the Sunday farmer’s market in Volcano.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 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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