Hawaii Chocolate Candies
September 20, 2008 1:03 PM • by Learn about Hawaii • Posted to Hawaii | Hawaii Facts | Hawaii Food | Hawaii History | Comments (137) | PermalinkPeople think of many things when they think of Hawaiian chocolate. Some call it "ambrosia", which means food for the gods. To others it's comfort food or even an aphrodisiac. For most women it's a necessity, right up there with water and shelter.
Chocolate, the word itself, is of Mayan origin. Their word "xocotal" meant "bitter water." Back around 1100 BC, the Honduran Mayans used the cacao seeds for many things, mainly as a drink. These cultivation of these seeds is where chocolate comes from.
Hillebrand is given the honor of introducing cacao to Hawaii, specifically Honolulu, back in 1850. In modern times, Hawaii's Big Island is the only place in North America that can grow the cacao used to make Hawaiian Chocolate candy. This probably contributes to the fact that coffee, tea, and cocoa are all made in Hawaii, whereas no other place in the world produces all. This makes cacao Hawaii's leading commercial endeavor.
So if you're in the mood for chocolate, and who isn't, it's time to go for the good stuff. Hawaiian chocolates come in many shapes and sizes, from dark chocolate macadamia nuts to milk chocolate toffee. You can even find jellied pineapple chocolate in Maui.
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