Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Chocolates in Paradise--Sweet Paradise Chocolatier

I blame this post on Kat from Our Adventures in Japan because I must blame it and the chocolate I consumed on someone. Kat always finds the most amazing chocolates and posts about them and I constantly leave her blog both drooling and green with envy about her access to the "good stuff".  Although Hawaii is the only US state that can grow chocolate successfully, there is a lack of true artisan chocolatiers and chocolate stores here. When I heard that Sweet Paradise Chocolatier had opened in Kailua in November, I was excited, but it took me awhile to actually make the 30 minute drive out there to try the chocolates. 


The owner and "Maitre Chocolatier" Melanie Boudar, taught the class where Michelle and I made this gorgeous tart, and that was another reason I wanted to try her chocolates. 


Since Melanie's background is in diamond buying and jewelry design, it is no wonder her chocolates are little works of art. Creating an upscale bed & breakfast on The Big Island, she decided to set herself apart by making chocolates for her guests, inspired by the many chocolate shops she had visited on her travels from her career in jewelry. Studying the art of chocolate in Canada and also at the CIA in New York, she perfected her chocolate art. Her chocolates feature many local ingredients such as Hawaiian fruits, nuts, and cacao nibs and they plan to come out with a sugar-free chocolate line this year . 


It took me a couple of turns around the block to find the little shop, tucked away on a Kailua backstreet, but soon enough I was parked and in front of a couple of cases of beautiful little chocolates, shining like little gem stones. It was difficult to choose among the many chocolates on display, but I settled on eight, which were nicely wrapped up in a cute little striped box with ribbons. I savored these little gems over a few days and my impressions of the ones I tasted are below.

On the first level (starting at top left): 
  • Blood Orange: a nice light orange flavor that complements the creamy dark chocolate without overpowering it. Liked the soft, candied orange peel on top.
  • Passion Fruit Heart: nicely fruity and sweet, I would have liked a bit more of a tang to this one as I like that sweet-tangy flavor in my passion fruit, but the overall flavor is excellent.
  • POG: (named after the Passion-Orange-Guava juice popular here in Hawaii), subtle fruit flavors, pleasing taste and mouth feel, with the slight crispness of the chocolate outside and creamy filling within.
  • Dreamy Caramel: this could be a serious addiction, as creamy and dreamy as the name says, the buttery caramel just oozes out of the chocolate. 


The second level (starting at top left):
  • Macadamia Nut: Chocolate around the mac nut half in the center, subtle but nice.
  • Madagascar Vanilla: very potent, deep vanilla, almost like having a liquor, creamy texture, very rich and delicious. 
  • Key Lime: Nice lime flavor but a bit more sweet than tart, I like more "pucker" with my key lime.
  • Strawberry Guava: similar to the POG, a nice light fruity flavor in creamy dark filling.



Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
20-A Kainehe Street,
Kailua, HI 96734
808-230-8228

Hours: 
Tues: 2-6 PM
Wed-Sat: 11 AM to 6 PM

13 comments:

Laura said...

Laying here with my foot up on ice, I must say you have made my mouth water and I can't do a thing about it. Oh well better for the diet! Laura

K and S said...

he he, I will take all the blame :) these look and sound delish! I hope to visit here on my next trip home!

Ivy said...

Some of the flavours of the chocolates are new to me but they all sound delicious.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

They all look so beautiful! Definitely chocolate art.

Natashya said...

They certainly are works of art! Where in Canada did she study chocolate?
More importantly, did you save me any? I like caramel...
ps, word ver - buddi

Maria said...

The chocolates are gorgeous!!

Pierce said...

What beautiful creations. You would almost hate to eat them...Almost.......

ARLENE said...

The chocolate with macadamia nut woiuld be my first choice. She must have some with pineapple???? Yummy. I'm drooling over my keyboard.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Oh man those look and sound luscious, Deb. I'm dying to try the blood orange ... drool ... ! They are absolutely stunning.

Cathy said...

Fine artisan chocolate in Hawaii? I mean, really, I wouldn't need much else to die happy. These look amazing!

Stephanie said...

Oooh!!! Pretty-pretty. I rarely indulge, but I tell you what...if I came across that shop I would definitely walk away heavier for chocolate & lighter for cash!

Sorry to have missed SS, but I've had this whole birthday party on the brain thing; I'll probably miss this week too, but I will absolutely be back the week after.

Reeni♥ said...

What wonderful flavors, they look scrumptious!

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