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Manoa Chocolate - Ko Hana Rum Chocolate Macadamias 75% Hawaii Cacao - Jan. 11, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Manoa Chocolate
Ko Hana Rum Chocolate Macadamias 75% Hawaii Cacao 
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 6.7 oz. (189 g.) in total bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $22.00 for 1 container
Purchased from: Manoa website, online order

Aloha, and welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.

Today's Ko Hana Rum Chocolate Macadamias 75% Hawaii Cacao were made in Hawaii by Manoa Chocolate (Kailua, HI). This small-batch maker offers a variety of chocolate bars made in Hawaii, and a few select confections.

Aroma notes: very subtle cocoa, dark chocolate and nut.

Flavor notes: a subtle, almost velvety dark chocolate coating (dusted with cocoa powder) covered softly crunchy macadamia nuts. There was a faint oak rum/whiskey barrel note in these chocolates, but it did not have an alcohol taste. (There was no detectable alcohol, just subtle flavor from having soaked nibs in rum.). These were coated with Hawai'i-made chocolate and lightly tumbled in cocoa powder.

These mac nuts had a sophisticated rich appearance and flavor; and the faint touch of rum made them even more grown up. The 75% dark chocolate will please dark fans; the mellow flavors make them approachable to all shades of chocolate lovers.

Manoa Maker's tasting notes/description 

Manoa used directly traded cacao, teamed up with local (O'ahu) rum distiller, Ko Hana Distillers, and "source(d) 100% Hawaiian grown macadamia nuts from Hawai'i Island's Kona Coast."  

Ko Hana soaked Manoa nibs in rum for one month. "The nibs are then dried and turned into chocolate that maintains the rum flavor with no alcohol present."  

Ingredients: rum dark chocolate (cacao infused with Ko Hana Rum, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter), dry roasted Hawaiian macadamia nuts, cocoa powder

Allergen-related information: Contains macadamia nuts. "Vegan. Gluten Free. Soy Free."


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