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Award-winning Hawaii chocolatier to open production kitchen in Lahaina

By Staff | Oct 28, 2010

LAHAINA — Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, an artisan chocolate company owned by Melanie Boudar, is expanding its horizons to Maui.

With a retail location in Kailua on Oahu, the company has relocated its production kitchen from the Big Island to the Lahaina Design Center in West Maui.

Due to open in mid-October, it will be an open concept kitchen where customers can order a handmade hot chocolate or 100 percent Hawaiian drip or French press coffee, then sit and watch the artisan chocolates being made.

Customers may also purchase a guided tasting flight of world origin chocolates, including Hawaii-grown chocolate, or buy fresh take home boxes of chocolates direct from the kitchen showcase.

Colors, textures and flavors include Coconut Curry, Lilikoi Silk, Mango Mojito, Cappuccino Tiramisu Lime in the Coconut, Lemon Basil with Pink Peppercorn or Wasabi Ginger Sesame.

Boudar creates more than 40 unique and tropical flavor truffles and confections. Her hand-painted artistry looks like edible gems, made with premium dark, milk and white chocolates.

She chose the Lahaina Design Center after meeting award-winning kitchen designer Rick Cowan of Archipelago Maui. Archipelago built out the unique commercial kitchen for Sweet Paradise Chocolatier.

The Lahaina Design Center and Sweet Paradise Chocolatier plan to host various chocolate and cooking classes, as well as “foodie” events in the new space.

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier has also signed a lease with the new Wailea Gateway Center along Piilani Highway. The store, scheduled to open in time for Christmas, will also feature Tropical Dreams Premium Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbets made on the Big Island.

In her signature style, Boudar has designed the store interior to showcase the world origins of fine chocolate, from the colorful cocoa pods produced by the tree to finished bars and confections. The store will feature a life-size replica of a cacao tree created by artist Elizabeth Miller of Volcano.

More information, visit www.sweetparadisechocolate.com.