Hawai'i is the only state in the United States with a climate appropriate for cultivating the cacao tree. With a focus on cacao genetics, fermentation, and drying, Hawai'i is internationally recognized as producing some of the best cacao in the world. Additionally, Hawaiian cacao farms are still scarce, making Hawaiian beans some of the most expensive and exclusive.
Hawaii Grown Treasure Box
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Like coffee or wine, these chocolate bars sing of the land where they were grown. These cacao farms have grown and improved with us year after year and we can't wait for you to taste the unique flavors in each bar. Mānoa Chocolate was founded upon an inspiration to develop a cacao industry here in Hawaii, so when you taste this locally grown chocolate you are tasting the fruition of our core mission.
Just two ingredients go into this 70% single origin dark chocolate: cacao and organic sugar, but by sourcing the finest cacao the market has to offer, we can achieve a wide spectrum of flavor notes from fruity and nutty to citrusy and fudgy.
Our goal with single origin chocolate is to highlight the place, the trees, and the people that bring these Hawaiian cacao beans to life. This chocolate is not only meant to be delicious, but to spark curiosity and tell a story - a story of care, dedication, and environment, and a curiosity that returns us to the very earth the chocolate originated.
ALL BARS IN THIS COLLECTION HAVE THE SAME NUTRITION INFORMATION.
• Ingredients: cacao, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter
• Gluten Free and Dairy Free
• For maximum flavor, store and eat chocolate at a dry 70° F (21° C)
2.1oz (60g) per bar
70% single origin dark chocolate [60% cacao nibs, 10% cocoa butter, 30% organic cane sugar].
"70%" represents the amount of cacao present in the recipe. Because cocoa butter is technically cacao, its 10% is added to the 60% nibs, making this bar a 70% dark chocolate. Why 70% you say? This recipe has become the craft chocolate industry's standard for a single origin dark chocolate. The ratio of 70% cacao to 30% sugar has been identified as an ideal balance to taste the inherent flavor present in the cacao.
"Single origin" signifies that all the cacao beans for a particular batch of chocolate were sourced from the same region and or country.
INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION
KEALAKEKUA, HAWAI'I ISLAND
Tasting Notes: Macadamia, Strawberry, Vanilla
Located on the west side of Hawai'i Island (the Big Island), Kealakekua is hot and dry. Normally, cacao trees would be unable to survive the harsh lava field conditions, but with irrigation they thrive. The cacao of this chocolate bar is farmed, fermented and dried by the Hard Rock Gardens Estate in Kealakekua.
MILILANI, O'AHU ISLAND
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Passion Fruit, Raspberry
The Hawaiian cacao of this single origin chocolate bar originates from Mililani Estate in central Oahu. This diverse 97 acre farm hosts crops of breadfruit, banana, avocado, taro and 10 acres of cacao. Their first ever cacao harvest occurred in late 2019 as the trees turned three years old. The chocolate produced from this Estate is some of the most bright and fruity we've ever made. After only a few months of being available, this bar has won multiple awards, including gold for Best Dark Chocolate at the Chocolate Alliance Awards.
KO'OLAUPOKO, O'AHU ISLAND
Tasting Notes: Graham Cracker, Honey, Cherry
Ko’olaupoko represents a windward region of O’ahu stretching from Waimanalo to Kualoa. Ben Field of Mapele Fields collects cacao beans from small-holder farms across the Ko’olaupoko region (including those from our mini Mānoa Chocolate farm in Waimanalo) and centurally ferments and dries them at his farm in Kahalu’u.
WAIMANALO, O'AHU ISLAND
Tasting Notes: Green Apple, Walnut, Rose
We’re thrilled to introduce our first chocolate bar grown and made by us! Waimanalo is a small town on the Windward side of O’ahu Island, just 15 minutes from our Kailua based factory. It is home to our very own cacao farm, a one acre parcel with about 130 cacao trees. Compared to other single origin bars, this is the smallest batch of single origin chocolate we make all year. While the scarcity of this chocolate (and Hawaiian chocolate in general) is real, we are actively working on improving the scale of Hawaiian grown cacao.
KONA, HAWAI'I ISLAND
Tasting Notes: Hibiscus, Caramel, Hazelnut
The Lika'o Kula Farm in Kona is one of our oldest sources of Hawaiian cacao. They have always been a reliable source for some of the highest quality beans in Hawaii. In 2017 at one of the largest chocolate festivals in the world, the Salon Du Chocolat in Paris, these Hawaiian grown beans from Kona won top 15 best flavored cacao in the world.
AWARDS FOR THESE BARS
made in hawai'i
All of our chocolate is crafted from bean-to-bar at our chocolate factory in Kailua, O'ahu.
direct trade cacao
We're buying cacao direct from the farmer. This allows us to establish long lasting relationships based on trust and quality. By cutting out intermediaries we can also pay our farmers higher prices for their crop.
Each chocolate bar is packaged using recycled paper and wrapped in a biodegradable plant-based fiber