After the shipment of treats I ordered from Big Island Candies last spring, I knew I had to go to the source! As soon as you walk in the door, you receive cookie samples as well as a coffee sample. Then the fun begins! The store is not large, but it is packed with all sorts of delicious treats and many samples. The factory was not in operation the day we visited, but normally you can see the process firsthand.
There were several items I was excited to try: caramel chocolate dipped shortbread, brownies, candy, and savory shortbreads. The carmel chocolate dipped shortbreads had a very good flavor, but the flavor was just chocolate, not caramel and cookie. The carmel did stick in my teeth, so I know it's in there! I was disappointed in the brownies and glad I could sample them before buying a big box. The chocolate coating was very good, but the brownie itself was rather cakey. The candies were very good, but I had much better chocolate covered macadamia nuts from Mauna Loa. The savory shortbreads were quite unique. The lavender and green tea flavors were my favorite. They still had a hint of sweetness. If you prefer sugar-free desserts, they do not disappoint! I was very surprised that the difference between the two was not easily discernible, and the sugar-free offerings were plentiful.
Now that I am back home, I'm wishing I had bought more! For shipping information, visit their website: http://www.bigislandcandies.com/BIC/.