Big Island Candies

Big Island Candies makes and sells high-quality chocolate.

It’s located just off of Kekuanaoa st, which takes you from the airport onto Kilauea ave. I’ve passed it many times without realizing it was there. It’s a large facility and they make the chocolates right there so you can watch the candies being made. The image of several white-coated workers dipping cookies into enrobing chocolate is not quite as exciting as the Willy Wonka movie would suggest, but it’s still fun.

A lady by the door hands out samples before people are even completely inside and that sense of sharing and generosity is nice. There are lots of high-quality chocolates and some novelties such as chocolate-covered fortune cookies and even chocolate-covered squid.

The downside when I was there was that it seems to be one of the main stops for all the tourist packages. Two buses were parked outside when I got there, and inside was pretty cramped. The prices are not cheap, either, but the quality is very good and the presentation is as well, so it seems a good place to get gifts.

http://www.bigislandcandies.com/BIC/

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