When you think of Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the beautiful beaches and amazing surfers. However, there is another side to Hawaii that many people don’t know about – the delicious food! If you’re looking for a culinary adventure, you need to check out the Hawaiian sweets. These treats are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before, and they are definitely worth trying. This article will discuss some of the most popular sweet treats in Hawaii. So put on your sunscreen and get ready to explore the world of Hawaiian desserts!
The classic, smooth and cool Haupia is a coconut dream in the form of pudding. This Hawaiian dessert can also be used to make ice cream, hand pies, cakes, fruit salads, and more. Sweetening coconut cream with sugar and thickening it with agar agar or arrowroot gives it a smooth, jelly-like texture.
Foodies who wish to remain vegan-friendly should definitely try it. At Poipu’s Koloa Fish Market, you’ll find some heavenly Haupia as part of a delectable bento box or poke bowl. This hole in the wall is one of the best spots for food on the island, and you’ll undoubtedly discover other sweets on this list and many popular Hawaiian dishes.
Hawaiian Malasadas are a fried dough pastry that is delightfully addictive, with a crisp and sugary exterior married to a soft, doughy interior. It’s an Azorean dish brought over by migrant workers from the Azores in the early 1900s that might remind you of a cherished hot Spanish latte made with love. The dough for Malasadas is thicker and more egg-rich than typical doughnut recipes. They are commonly eaten plain or with a variety of fillings such as custard, coconut haupia, strawberry cream, ube, chocolate, matcha, and more.
The cream-filled ones from Kauai’suai Bakery are the most popular Masaladas on the island. This adorable little Lihue eatery is near Kaumualii Highway in Kukui Grove Center. Make a point of visiting early in the morning to get your hands on warm, freshly baked malasadas.
Poi Mochi is a mix of Hawaiian poi and Japanese mochi that’s then fried, because why not? It’s no surprise that locals have created their own version of the world-famous Japanese dessert, which has strong Japanese influences on Hawaiian culture. The sticky inside of the Poi Mochi balances out the crispy exterior. For an even more delectable treat, drizzle the tiny purple balls with pineapple, coconut, guava, liliko’i, or poi sauce at most bakeries.
Near the entrance to the Waimea Valley, on Highway 550, there’s a huge bright yellow sign that reads Aloha Sweet Delights. It’s a modest bakery that serves a variety of pastries, including glazed donuts, cinnamon buns, and traditional poi mochis. Stop by for a pastry run before heading out sightseeing on Kauai – you can fill yourself up with these delicious treats and be ready to see all there is to do in Hawaii!
Lilikoi Bars, also known as Passion Fruit Bars, is a Hawaiian spin on the classic lemon bars recipe that uses tart and fragrant passion fruit juice. Fresh local fruit shines in this popular Hawaiian treat, which features a buttery crust topped with a sweet and tangy liliko’i (passion fruit) filling.
These bars are most prevalent during the fall and winter months when they’re typically made a little less sweet. However, they go great with a hot cup of coffee because of their sweetness.
The Lilikoi Bar and Grill in Lihue, which gets its name from the dessert, serves up these bars on its menu and a few other liliko’i-based pastries. Try stopping by for brunch; this fresh treat has a unique taste when you’re about to go through a hectic day.
Chantilly is a type of whipped cream that is synonymous with the Aloha State because it isn’t in any other location. Chantilly is a rich, creamy topping made out of butter, milk, sugar, and eggs typically used to frost cakes and top Hawaii’s famous coco puffs. Chocolate mousse, or dacquoise, is a light cake made with whipped egg whites and chopped almonds. It’s filled with chocolate and topped with chantilly in the original recipe, but the other versions available on Kauai – green tea, chocolate, or cream – are just as delectable.
The best location for coco puffs in Hawaii may be Liliha Bakery on Oahu. Still, a little dessert store called Kawaii Kokoro in Lihue provides a wonderful version of this treat. You’ll also find these in the bakery at Island Farm Center adjacent to Lihue Airport. If you have some time to shop for souvenirs before leaving the island, pick up a box of delectable coco puffs to take home.
Hawaiian Shaved Ice
The most well-known Hawaiian dessert is bright-colored, refreshing shaved ice. Shaved ice is an ice-based dessert prepared by shaving a block of ice and flavoring it with syrup and other sweet components. You’ll discover a location that serves big glasses of shaved ice on any Hawaiian island you visit.
The transparent ice shavings of shaved ice keep the flavored syrups from sinking to the bottom, allowing them to be absorbed completely. Hawaiian shave ice is based on a similar Japanese dessert called kakigōri and employs similar production processes. The best-shaved ice you will find comes from Kona Ice, which has trucks all over the state. Their mobile ice cream trucks dispense with Flavorwave and offer shavings to customers from the truck’s window. Checking out Kona Ice’s locations is a must-do while on vacation in Kauai!
Sweet and salty are an inseparable pair. There’s nothing more satisfying than a sweet treat when you’re on an island surrounded by saltwater. Fresh fruit hangs from the trees in abundance. Coconuts form heaps. Sugarcane grows freely on the island, as it does everywhere else in Hawaii. However, the foodies’ creative combinations with these exquisite ingredients are genuinely unique. The combination of tropical inspiration and mouth-watering tastes is drool-worthy. So make a dessert-filled day out in the sun on your trip to the island. It might be an adventure for the memory books when in Kauai.