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Kauai offers chocolate making classes

  • COURTESY DEBBIE WILLIAMSON / WILD KAUAI CHOCOLATE

    Mila Pimental holds a hair dryer to heat the stone wheels and base of the chocolate grinder while Maddox Pimental pours in cocoa nibs (cracked cocoa beans with husks removed). Cocoa beans are 30 to 50 percent cocoa butter, and they liquify when heat and friction are applied to make liquid chocolate.

  • COURTESY DEBBIE WILLIAMSON / WILD KAUAI CHOCOLATE

    From left to right: Payton Walker, Mila Pimental and Maddox Pimental add ingredients to their chocolate bars. Wild Kauai Chocolate offers class participants some 40 spices, essential oils, dried fruits and other dry ingredients to make their “signature bar” to wrap and take home. Ingredients include garlic, smoked paprika, Chex mix, sea salt potato chips and crushed candy canes.

  • COURTESY DEBBIE WILLIAMSON / WILD KAUAI CHOCOLATE

    From left to right: organic cacao beans roasted at Wild Kauai Chocolate, organic cacao nibs (cracked beans with the husked removed) and organic cane sugar. Below is the company’s 85 percent dark chocolate bar.

Hawaii is the only state with the right climate to grow cacao, and while cultivation is increasing, it’s still a young industry. Read more

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