An opihi is a snail found along the coastline of Hawaii. They are quite the delicacy and are difficult to harvest because they are generally located along rough areas of the coast.
While the real deals are rare, chocolate opihis are a little easier to find on the island of Kauai. Above is a tray of these. You got it, these aren’t actually snails at all. Rather, they are a chocolate covered shortbread cookie that includes a layer of caramel and a whole macadamia nut on top. You have to bite into it to fully appreciate one. And I, uh, bit into more than a few during my week on the Garden Isle.
The best place to buy these is direct from the source, Kauai Chocolate located in Port Allen near the West Shore. Well worth the trip alone but also a great place to stop if you’re on your way to Waimea Canyon or for a boating trip to the Napali Coast.
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