I realize that this picture looks like little turds, but what you’re looking at are “Hawaiian Da Kines” — chocolate dipped li hing mui seeds.
My boss, who returned from a business trip in Hilo, stopped by the delightful Big Island Candies store and bought these for the office. Always interested in something novel, he picked this up. Needless to say, there are weirder offerings, such as the chocolate dipped ika — so I’m glad he went for something unique, but not gross. (Okay, I shouldn’t knock it before I try it. Sounds pretty strange to me, though.)
The chocolate dipped li hing mui is an interesting blend of sweet and salty. The sweetness melts away pretty quickly and you’re left with the li hing mui, tasting pretty much like it normally does. It was good, but not something I’d get all nuts over. On the other hand, the Macadamia Nut Crunchies are to die for! (Chocolate covered potato chips and macadamia nuts for those who haven’t tried it.)
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.