Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Big Island Candies celebrates new Ala Moana store

Nadine Kam photos
A limited-edition, chocolate-dipped Hello Kitty design graces T-shirts at the newly open Big Island Candies store in the new Ala Moana Centercourt.

Big Island Candies hosted a couple of events to celebrate the opening of its new Ala Moana Center store, in the renovated street level Center Court, that has welcomed other retailers such as Swatch, Minamoto Kitchen, Papyrus, Island Sole and Freaky Tiki Tropical Optical.

Events started with a store blessing and official opening the morning of Nov. 15, followed by a cocktail reception Nov. 17, with chocolate dipping on site.

The new 1,800 square foot store is packed wall-to-wall with the company's signature chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies, plus a range of chocolate-covered to red velvet brownies, and other chocolate-dipped versions of island treats such as dried ika, arare, li hing mui and iso peanuts.

New products include Mika ume shiso-filled milk chocolates, toffee-coated chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, pineapple shortbread, and chocolate-filled shortbread "Manju."

Many of the goodies are packaged in gift boxes for easy holiday shopping, including a design by Sig Zane.

Prices start at a reasonable $6.50 for a package of chocolate-covered animal crackers, or $12.50 for a box of Mika chocolates.

The gleaming new store is dressed for the holidays, with plenty of edible gift items packaged and ready to deliver to friends and family.

Sharita Solmerin was dipping Big Island Candies signature shortbread cookies in milk chocolate during a cocktail reception that took place Nov. 17.

A little bit of chocolate with ika might turn non-seafood lovers into believers.

Macadamia nut shortbread dipped in a creamy blend of white chocolate and matcha green tea.

Mac nuts are another Big Island export.

If you don't have much time to shop, Big Island Candies makes it easy to grab-and-go. The range Burst Pillow gift box ($12.50) contains two each of milk chocolate-dipped Original Macadamia Nut and Original Macadamia Nut shortbread cookies, three pieces of Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Toffee, one Original Macadamia Nut Biscotti with Milk Chocolate Waves, and one dark- and one milk chocolate-covered Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Brownie.

The Green and Gold Striped Long Box ($19), contains four cookies each of milk chocolate-dipped Original Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate and Pineapple shortbread and three cookies each of dark chocolate-dipped Original Macadamia Nut and white-dipped Lemon shortbread.

The Red and Brown Holiday Fest Box ($23) holds four cookies each of milk chocolate-dipped Original Macadamia Nut, white-dipped Lemon and Chocolate Chip shortbread; two cookies each of dark chocolate-dipped Chocolate and Coconut shortbread; two pieces of Mika Coffee Chocolates, two Golden Macadamia Nut Brownies and one dark chocolate-covered Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Brownie; and one Original Macadamia Nut Biscotti with Milk Chocolate Waves.

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