Chocolate Farm Tour | Lydgate Farms
Lydgate Farms invites you to enjoy Chocolate From Branch to Bar, an educational guided tour of everything there is to know about chocolate, including growing cacao trees, the taste of fresh chocolate fruit, harvesting, fermentation, and sun drying of cacao beans. In addition to all the tropical fruit and chocolate you will taste, the tour is a visual feast as well, so be sure to bring your camera.
- Real working chocolate farm
- Hawaiian heritage and authenticity
- Interactive farm tasting experience, education, and comparisons
Chocolate Farm Tour
Hawaii is the only state where the chocolate tree grows, and the best place to experience a live chocolate tree orchard is the Lydgate family’s 46-acre farm. You’re invited to enjoy Chocolate From Branch to Bar, an educational guided tour of everything there is to know about chocolate, including growing cacao trees, the taste of fresh chocolate fruit, harvesting, fermentation, and sun drying of cacao beans, all the way to an extensive tasting highlighting the fascinating diversity of flavors found in Hawaiian cacao.
Botanical Tour and Tropical Fruit Tasting
The first part of their three-hour guided tour is especially fun for fruit and flower lovers, as you stroll through their gardens, stopping frequently to taste the tropical fruits that are in season. Depending on the month, these may include Tahitian lime, Hawaiian sugar cane, lilikoi, rambutan, longan, lychee, soursop, sapodilla, eggfruit, ka’u orange, apple banana, mountain apple, mamey sapote, chocolate sapote, and more. You’ll also taste their Farm’s award-winning honey, and see vanilla beans growing on the vine, plus dozens of exotic tropical plants such as their rare red sealing-wax palms and black bamboo. All along, your guides share their farm’s part in creating sustainable diversified agriculture on Kauai.
After the main fruit tasting you will reach the chocolate orchard, and here they cut open a ripe chocolate pod so you can taste fresh cacao fruit. They then move into their chocolate tasting tent, where you sit comfortably in the shade while they explain the post-harvest processing of cacao. As you may know, dark chocolate is actually health food, and your guides explain its antioxidant and other health benefits, as well as outline how you can make chocolate from scratch in your home kitchen.
Best of all, you’ll enjoy an extensive dark chocolate tasting with all of the chocolate grown on their farm, compared with examples from all over the world that highlight the distinctive flavors found in craft chocolate. Similar to a wine tasting, they will teach you how to taste chocolate like a connoisseur. You’ll also learn chocolate’s history, from its discovery by the first Mesoamericans, to its revered status as a divine plant in the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures, to its introduction to Europe in the 1500s, to the rise of industrial milk chocolate, to the modern bean-to-bar chocolate movement and Hawaii’s place in the new American chocolate scene.
Although children age 7 and over are welcome on tour, those families with younger children are welcome to stop by the gift shop between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. There they have a friendly guide who will offer you chocolate samples and give you fascinating information. And you’ll have the opportunity to purchase their farm products. They find this to be the best option for families with small children and hope that you will join them there!
Their tour involves a light walking so please let them know if you have any mobility concerns or other special needs or requests.
There are no pandemic related restrictions in place and while mask wearing is optional, aloha is enforced.
Chocolate tasting and seasonal fruit.
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You can do so by calling (888) 207-0722 or contact us online.
- No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of activity
- For groups of 6+ there are no refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of activity
- We will gladly reschedule your activity at no extra cost if changes are made prior to the 48 or 72 hour cancellation period
- Cancellations from date of booking to 48 hours before activity or for larger groups 72 hours before activity are subject to a 10% service charge
- If for some reason we are unable to confirm your reservation with the activity operator due to oversold seats or other unforeseen reasons, a full refund will be provided and you will be notified immediately to discuss alternative dates and activities
If a tour operator cancels any trip due to weather, mechanical failure, unsafe conditions, or insufficient reservations, a full refund will be provided.