To learn how cacao becomes chocolate, we went to the source

BY JAMIE NAKASONE AND FERNANDO PACHECO
jamie_nakasone@hmsa.com, fernando_pacheco@hmsa.com

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, today’s video post is dedicated to something so pleasurable it makes our eyes roll back into our heads and our toes curl. You guessed chocolate, right? Uh huh, that’s what we thought.

Being808 took a recent road trip to lush Papaikou, just a few miles north of Hilo, Hawaii. There, we visited Hilo Sharks Chocolate, where delicious dark chocolate products are made from cacao beans grown right on the plantation.

Hilo Sharks’ bars have just three ingredients: Hawaiian cacao, vanilla and sugar.

And here’s the great news: You can enjoy dark chocolate guilt-free. Dark chocolate (with at least 70 percent cacao) has good-for-you antioxidants and lowers bad cholesterol.

We can’t think of a better way to say “I love you” than with heart-healthy chocolate.

jamie bioJamie Nakasone is a correspondence specialist at HMSA. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her husband, reading and playing pool. She is taking her journey to better health with tiny steps and although she describes herself as a “bungling” gardener, she hasn’t given up yet. Follow her on Twitter.

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