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Cacao Nibs and Pathogen Risk

I have had customers asking me for cacao nibs and roasted  and raw cacao beans but have been reluctant to stock these items due to salmonella or other pathogen risk. After seeing cacao beans being fermented and dried in numerous countries I question the safety of these products. Dirt, bugs, drying on asphalt roads etc..I question from all but the most sophisticated winnowing operations to remove the husk. Am I overreacting to the risk ? Does the roasting process kill these pathogens? Is anyone… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on September 4, 2011 at 12:07am — 6 Comments

New Chocolate Boutique Opening

My newest Sweet Paradise Chocolatier chocolate boutique is  soft opening May 1st at the Wailea Gateway Center in Wailea, Maui.  The official "Grand Opening" will be June 16th. This has been a 9 month process to get permits and open a store here and it doesn't even have a kitchen! Talk about island time. The store features my own truffle/confection collection focused on Tropical flavors but also bars from various Hawaii chocolate-makers- Original Hawaiian, Malie Kai, Waialua Estate, Madre…

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Added by Melanie Boudar on April 21, 2011 at 4:34am — 3 Comments

Chocolate on MAui

Our Sweet Paradise Chocolatier chocolate kitchen is relocating to Maui next month at the Lahaina Design Center.Buildout is underway! We will have a drip coffee bar, open kitchen concept and walk up counter for chocolate.
Come visit if you are in Maui.
75 Kupuohi St, Lahaina Industrial Plaza ...just a couple blocks off the main highway.

Added by Melanie Boudar on August 6, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sweet Paradise is Opening a New Store

I am pleased to announce that my chocolate company, Sweet Paradise Chocolatier will be opening this summer at the Kings Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. My manufacturing kitchen will also move to Waimea, also on the Big Island. The Kailua location will remain and expand to a dessert cafe in addition to chocolates. Despite the economy I am looking forward to this move and direction into the resort world.

The little shop is only 300 sf and will also serve gelato and a unique variety of… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on March 13, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Valentines Recovery

Don't know about anyone else but I am in post-Valentines recovery!! What a maddening holiday. I watched thousands of chocolates disappear in what seemed like a 3 day feeding frenzy.The reward is that I get to spend a few days At the Craters Edge in my tree fern forest/B&B in Volcano, Hawaii soaking in the hot tub and watching the first fiddleheads start to wake up from "winter" . Different groups of orchids are blooming now, I don't know the names of all of them but at least 6 varieties are… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on February 17, 2009 at 3:07am — 1 Comment

Introduction to Sweet Paradise Chocolatier

Aloha and welcome to my blog/profile/page.I am the owner of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier- I am "artisan" chocolate maker in Hawaii and have a small bohemian confection shop with a full grown replica of a cacao tree inside. Its in the windward town of Kailua on Oahu. ( the town Barack Obama and family vacation in ) All my chocolates are made fresh in small batches using my own recipes and focus on tropical fruit, nut and spice flavors since thats what is most readily available here. I love to… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on February 5, 2009 at 4:31am — No Comments

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