See­choco­late Made from Bean to Bar

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - DINING & ENTERTAINMENT -

Ever won­dered what goes into mak­ing that mag­i­cal treat called choco­late? Lucky for vis­i­tors to the Big Is­land, Kona boasts not only cof­fee farms but also a one-stop field-to-bar ex­pe­ri­ence, The Orig­i­nal Hawai­ian Choco­late Fac­tory.

While ca­cao isn’t en­demic to Hawai‘i, the same Kona slopes that are ideal for cof­fee grow­ing also are per­fect for har­vest­ing ca­cao. On South Kona’s Mt. Hualalai, The Orig­i­nal Hawai­ian Choco­late Fac­tory not only farms ca­cao beans but also hand­picks, sun-dries and pro­cesses those beans.

The com­pany also takes it the fi­nal step, turn­ing the pro­cessed beans into au­then­tic Hawai­ian choco­late bars. Dur­ing a sin­gle visit to the farm, guests get to see the en­tire choco­late process in ac­tion!

Tours run ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 9 a.m. and Fri­day at 9:30 a.m. by phone ap­point­ment. Call (888) 447-2626.

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