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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Peachy's Pantry: Original Hawaii Chocolate Milk Chocolate Plumerias Recommended by Whom You Know! We are Pleased to Kick Off Coverage of Original Hawaii Chocolate

Chocolate, chocolate, do I love thee? Let me count the ways...oh, wait - we could be here all day! But now, thanks to Original Hawaiian Chocolate, I've got one more way to add! Their 100% Hawaiian chocolate, made and grown on the island of Hawaii is a breath of fresh air in the chocolate world and we love that it is premium American. The rich, volcanic soil of the island nurtures their cacao trees and gives a unique, earthy flavor to OHC's chocolate. They produce both milk chocolate and dark chocolate, and their Milk Chocolate Plumerias (bite-sized, plumeria shaped pieces of chocolate) are a fantastic treat! Creamy and milky, the chocolate plumerias are sweet, but, thanks to the earthy character of the chocolate, not cloyingly so. 30 plumerias are packaged in an easy-to-open, resealable box, and would make a lovely gift for just about anyone - a friend, sweetheart, co-worker, or even yourself! 

Original Hawaii Chocolate Milk Chocolate Plumerias are a perfect bite 
size treat. I love the way you can pop them in your mouth and enjoy 
the amazing taste. You can tell this chocolate is only the finest 
quality. It melts in your mouth and goes very well with a glass of 
wine. Have a bite and ENJOY!

What can I say about the Milk Chocolate Plumerias? Only great things! First these are made here in the USA by Original Hawaii chocolates. Even before trying them I knew that the plumerias would be delicious (everything I've tried from them tastes great). After trying them, I couldn't get my hands off off them! They are creamy and slightly sweet. They make the perfect little snack! Yum.

Milk chocolate has always been a personal favorite of mine. Though I try not to eat it everyday, it's so hard to resist eating it every second of every day! I was so excited to try Original Hawaiian Chocolate because it is America's first homegrown chocolate! Not only are the Plumerias so beautiful, they are also incredibly delicious! This is the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life and it comes in dark chocolate as well!




KEAUHOU-KONA, BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII - The slogan “made from scratch” rings true for The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2010. The Made in USA Certified company produces Hawaii’s premier chocolate, a 100% locally grown-and- made product that has won numerous awards and accolades, including a top rating from UK chocolate reviewer, Lee McCoy.

Founded, owned and operated by Raleigh, North Carolina natives Bob and Pam Cooper, The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory creates three kinds of single-origin chocolate exclusively from 100 percent Hawaiian cacao. Their latest variety, criollo, is a rare chocolate, says owner/operator Bob Cooper. “Only 15 percent of the world’s chocolate is made from this type of bean. The criollo has a unique, earthy and complex flavor.”

The Coopers grow their cacao on the leeward slope of Mt. Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii, as well as purchase cacao from local artisan cacao growers. Small tours and tastings are conducted at their chocolate factory and plantation. During farm tours, Bob Cooper tells visitors a combination of factors give their chocolate its unique flavor: soil, environment, tree variety and the Cooper’s meticulous care in small-batch processing. Their “tree to bar” operation is the only one of its kind in the country. 

In hindsight, it was fate that brought the couple into the chocolate business. Moving to Hawaii in 1997, they bought a farm with coffee, macadamia nut and cacao trees. Bob decided he could make something special right in his own back yard, American-grown chocolate. “Out of principal, we made the decision to both grow and process the chocolate right here to keep it locally made in the 50th state,” shares Cooper. “Cacao only grows 15 to 20 degrees north or south of the equator so Hawaii is the place for growing in the USA.”

Although Cooper admits he had no previous farming experience, there were pods to pick and so he harvested the cacao. Determined to keep it "made-in-Hawaii", Cooper had his cacao tested by a world-renowned chocolate institute. Favorable findings reported the cacao as “prominent and forthright in flavor.” Encouraged by this, plus supported by a loan from the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development, Cooper had processing equipment set up for a micro processing facility. The first batch of grown and made-in-the-USA chocolate was produced in September, 2000.

The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory is a member of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Seal of Quality program, which identifies the state’s premium, “cream of the crop” agricultural producers. Being the first to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry and process only Hawaiian grown-cacao has earned The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory national acclaim. The Kona company’s chocolate has appeared in the New York Post, the LA Times and on the Food Network, National Public Radio, America’s Heartland and Seattle P-I. 

Original Hawaiian Chocolate is used by chefs in Hawaii and across the nation, including Peter Merriman, owner and chef of Merriman's Restaurants, Chef Ron Miller, owner and chef of Hukilau Restaurant, Roy Yamaguchi, owner and chef of Roy’s Restaurants, and Kathy Smoot-Barrett, chef and owner of Kailua Candy Company. 

The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory offers its delicious milk, dark and criollo chocolate in bars and attractive, flower-shaped Plumeria pieces. For the true chocolate connoisseur, the factory also has roasted cacao nibs, which are the essence of pure chocolate. Plantation tours are Wednesday and Friday mornings. For more information, call The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory at 808-322-2626, toll free 1-888-447-2626. Original Hawaiian Chocolate is available at numerous retailers in Hawaii and on the mainland, and online at:

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