Kauai Chocolate Making

Ready To Make Your Own Kauai Chocolate Bar?

Any chocolate lover would understand why six women would anxiously take part in a Kauai chocolate making class, right? Last week that is just what five friends and I did. We met with the owner of Wild Kauai Chocolate at his small kitchen in Kapaa where we were taken through the process of small batch chocolate making. It wasn’t Willy and the Chocolate Factory, but we did go home with golden tickets – two individually wrapped, personally created, chocolate bars.

Debbie Williamson started Wild Kauai Chocolate in 2016 but in 2019 she and her husband had to move back to the mainland. Lance and Amy, along with their two kids, visited Kauai that year and fell in love with the island and the people. They devised a plan to move from Colorado to Kauai within two years. Once home, however, Amy saw that Debbie had her chocolate company for sale. She convinced her family that the time to move was ASAP. So, in 2020, they relocated to Kauai and bought the chocolate business from Debbie just as the pandemic closed the island for almost a year. This gave them PLENTY of time to perfect the operation and offer classes to residents. Now, they are in full swing selling about 500 small-batch, organic bars per month.

Lance Hale

The Build A Bar class started with Lance giving us a short history of chocolate making, as well as the requirements for making and selling chocolate in the United States. We learned that some chocolate has as little as 10% pure cacao. The rest is cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and, you guessed it, sugar. Hershey’s milk chocolate, as an example, has 11% cacao. Wild Kauai Chocolate consists of only two all natural, organic ingredients – cacao beans and organic cane sugar. Bars are made with 70%, 85%, or 100% cacao.

Wild Kauai Chocolate

For their Wild Kauai Chocoate, Lance sources a small amount of his cacao from Princeville Botanical Gardens and makes chocolate for them. Farms on Kauai do not produce enough beans, however, for his business. So, Lance orders the rest of his organic beans from a single origin in Ecuador.

Since small batches are made at a time, the kitchen can be, and is, tiny. After sampling some chocolate tea, we saw each step under way: bean sorting, gentle roasting, grinding, and tempering to a very specific temperature. Lance kept us entertained the whole time.

Finally, each of us received molds where we poured the slightly cooled chocolate liquid into two 70% chocolate bars. After a gentle machine bounce to make them smooth and solid, we set to work building our very own creations. We had approximately 40 different ingredients from which to choose – dried fruits, vanilla, tumeric, ginger, cardamon, rose, coffee nibs…….. The combinations were endless. With the exception of the peppermint and pototo chips, they all had some health benefit. After a little time in the refrigerator to set, we wrapped them up in our gold foil and took our “ticket” home to share …. or not. The class was educational, personal, and fun. I would highly recommend it for a group of friends or family.

Wild Kauai Chocolate

Build A Bar Classes

From the Wild Kauai Chocolate website:

  • “You will be making 70% dark chocolate bars. We do not offer milk chocolate options.
  • Our kitchen is vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.
  • Close-toed shoes are strongly encouraged. However, we provide foot booties for all participants.”

Classes may be booked online. No same day reservations. If you are a visitor, consider booking prior to arrival. Classes book up fast. Choose from Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11:15. Classes are $65/adults, $55/children ages 5 – 16.

Chocolate Making Experience

If your interest is to simply create two personal Kauai chocolate bars, consider registering for this 45 minute experience, and simply make one or two bars of your liking. $15/one bar, $25/2 bars. This is an open house format, but you and your companions must each book for a specific day. Then you may come to Wild Kauai Chocolate to design your bar/s any time between 12:30-2:30 on the day of your reservation.

Chocolate Santa Workshop

If you happen to be on island from November 25th to December 23rd, consider this fun family activity. During the course of an hour, each participant will make their very own, custom-designed, chocolate Santa. Choose from special ingredients, such as crushed peppermint candy cane, Hawaiian sea salt, coconut, rice puff cereal, or M&Ms while Christmas music plays in the background.

Classes are Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday at 3:00. Limited to 8 participants. $30 each.

Wild Kauai Chocolate School

For chocoholics – 4 days, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 to 4:00, see website for more details.

All classes may be booked online.

Any of these activities are vacation worthy for a chocolate lover, but if you do not have the time for one of them, you may always just drop by the small kitchen any Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 to 4:00 for a sip of chocolate tea and a bean-to-bar taste of this delicious chocolate. Tell Lance I sent you. 🙂

Kauai Chocolate


4-369 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746, Unit 101, just south of the Coconut Marketplace on Kuhio Highway. They are across the street from Kintaro Restaurant.

Call or text: 775-338-5200, email online, or email wildkauaichocolate@gmail.com for more information or questions.

If you can not stop in during their visitor hours, don’t worry!  You may have bars shipped to you from their online store, or you may buy their chocolate around town. Here are some of the participating vendors listed on their website:

Papaya’s Natural Foods, located at 4-901 Kuhio Hwy in Kapaa, also carries our delicious products and are open from 8am – 8pm every day!

The Local Beet, inside Warehouse 3540, located at 3540 Koloa Road in Lawai carries many of our chocolate bars, nibs, and cacao tea. The Local Beet is open from 10 am-4 pm Monday through Saturday.

Living Foods, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St Suite 124, Koloa, carries many of our chocolate bars and nibs.

IMUA Coffee Roasters, located at the Aston Islander on the Beach, 440 Aleka Pl #7, carries our co-branded 70% with Indonesian Coffee bar.

So, whether you decide to take a class, stop by the shop, or buy a couple of bars at a local store, I am pretty sure you will enjoy this Wild Kauai Chocolate knowing that it has been lovingly made by one of our local Kauai families. They will appreciate your support.

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