Chocolates In Paradise
What could be more delicious for Valentines Day than hand crafted chocolates from Maui? Does a Banana Maui Rum chocolate sound good? They are made with white chocolate, banana puree and Maui Rum and then dipped in either dark or white chocolate. Or perhaps a Toasted Coconut candy with fresh coconut milk, cream, dark chocolate and fresh toasted coconut or Red Velvet sweets is more your taste. There are so many choices at the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier that it is going to be a challenge to choose what to get for your sweetheart for their special day.
Visit the shop at the Wailea Gateway Center or order online at www.sweetparadisechocolate.com.
If you want to make your own healthy sweets for Valentine’s Day, Chef Melanie Boudar was kind enough to share a yummy recipe for “raw” truffles that are easy enough for even the novice cook to make. Chef Boudar pointed out that in the US, only Hawaii raises the cacao pods needed for these sweet treats. The recipe that follows is for delicious healthy raw Sesame Seed Truffles.
“Raw” Sesame Seed Truffles
2 cups raw Sesame Seeds
1 ½ cups shredded coconut
½ cup Sunflower seeds
1 cup raw Cacao powder
¾ Almond Butter
½ coconut oil
½ agave syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt (fine grind if possible)
½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix all the wet ingredients together in a second bowl. Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. You may need to mix the candy with your hands, as it can be bit a bit stiff. Then shape the mixture into small 1-½ inch size balls, place the balls in small individual mini muffin cups and refrigerate until firm, approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy about 25 tasty Sesame seed balls when done!