Oahu's North Shore is famous for its iconic pineapple fields and world-class surf, but what about chocolate? The same confection that top chef Alan Wong uses in his restaurants can now be enjoyed around the world in Waialua Estate's Extra Dark Chocolate Bar.
Waialua Estate's cacao is exclusively grown on the North Shore, in the former sugarcane fields of the Waialua Sugar Company, along the banks of the Kaukonahua stream. The single origin chocolate utilizes the area's fertile volcanic soil and a unique mixture of Criollo, Trinatario and Forestero cacao beans. The company, which also grows and sells coffee, eschews genetically modified plants and harmful pesticides.
To develop the final product, Waialua enlisted the aid of the famous Guittard Chocolate Company, which has 135 years of chocolate-making experience. The result is a rich, 70 per cent cacao blend dark chocolate bar with subtle undertones of berry, plum and cherry and a smooth finish.
Price: $7.50 for a 2 oz. bar; $41.85 for a 6 bar pack