About Maui Specialty Chocolates
Born and raised on Maui, Valerie Jones graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983. She
worked in some of Maui's most prestigious hotels making pastries
and desserts. During the holidays, she started making chocolates
at home and giving them away to friends and relatives as Christmas
presents. Soon people were asking for extra boxes and saying
that Valerie should sell the chocolates. So in January of
1990 Valerie and her husband Anthony started Maui Specialty Chocolates
and has been making chocolate ever since.
Initially, Maui Specialty Chocolates concentrated on making custom
chocolates for the many luxury resorts and hotels on Maui who
wanted fresh, high quality chocolates from a local source.
Soon other businesses were asking for special chocolates.
Then the people who received the delicious chocolates from these
businesses came looking for Maui Specialty Chocolates. So
Maui Specialty Chocolates opened a retail store to sell directly
to the public - a true factory outlet. In fact the only
way to get these gourmet chocolates is to buy directly from Maui
Specialty Chocolates because Maui Specialty Chocolates does not
wholesale to any other retail store.
The goal of Maui Specialty Chocolates has never been to sell the
most chocolates but to make the best chocolates possible using
the finest chocolates and freshest ingredients. Owner/chocolatier
Valerie makes just about every piece of chocolate herself, ensuring
that only chocolates of the highest quality and consistency go
into the box.