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.)