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Tasty Sweet Treats and Desserts to Try in Hawaii

Part of the fun of travelling is getting to experience new tastes by trying the local cuisine. And in Hawaii there are plenty of new foods to be falling in love with. We’ve put together some of our favorite desserts and sweet snacks from Hawaii for those who like to indulge their sweet tooth from time to time.

If you’re interested in some of the savoury food you can find on the Islands check out our previous blog: 5 Popular Hawaiian Foods

Mochi Ice-cream


These tasty round balls of goodness consist of an inner orb of ice-cream covered by a layer of pounded sticky rice (that’s the Mochi part, Japanese in origin).

Mochi ice-cream comes in every flavour imaginable from chocolate peanut butter to green tea, and from guava to Li Hing Mango!

Did I mention they are delicious? A popular brand sold on Hawaii is Bubbies Ice-cream. Pick them up in Safeway or Whole Foods.

Shave Ice

Shave Ice

You won’t be able to walk around any of the major towns on Hawaii’s islands without spotting a sign advertising Shave Ice. This is a great treat to cool you down on a hot day.

Shave ice, usually served in a cup or a cone, comes with a choice of syrup flavors. You can normally choose 2 or 3 syrups for the same cone for a mix of flavors. Then if you like, add a topping! A popular topping on offer in Hawaii is sweetened condensed milk which poured on top gives your shave ice a creamy taste. Yum! Tuck in with a spoon or a straw.

Check out our Guide to Shave Ice to learn more.

Banana Bread

With no shortage of bananas available in Hawaii, Hawaiian locals love to bake banana bread!

A perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack, you’ll find banana bread being sold at markets and outside popular tourist destinations all throughout Hawaii. On Maui, this is particularly true on the Road to Hana, where Banana Bread is sold at almost every mile marker (with Aunty Sandy’s at Mile Marker 17 being a particular hot spot!)

Popular additions to the straight forward recipe include: macadamia nuts, coconut and chocolate. Tuck in, there’s enough for everyone.


Malasadas are a Portuguese treat, brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants invited to work in the sugarcane plantations. A version of a donut but perhaps even richer, Malasadas are stuffed full of sweet custard and coated in sugar.

There are some legendary places in Hawaii to buy malasadas such as Leonard’s bakery in Honolulu and T. Komoda Store and bakery in Makawao, Maui, to name just two!

Lilokoi Butter


Lilokoi (or passion-fruit as you may know it elsewhere) are grown on Hawaii and are a popular flavor for desserts in Hawaii. Lilikoi butter it is a curd made from lilokoi juice, butter, sugar, and eggs. Home-made is best! Add it to toast, pancakes or just about anything for a delicious fruity and sweet tasting snack.

So, what are you waiting for? Get sampling some of these amazing sweet foods which Hawaii has to offer. Have you got a favorite dessert we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Tasty Sweet Treats and Desserts to Try in Hawaii

  1. Kare says:

    Love the Key Lime pie at Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop in Maui. They make a variety of mini single or share pies!

    1. Jonathan says:

      I agree! Have you also tried Maui Pie (Kihei) and Kamoda’s (Makawao)?


  2. Bonn says:

    I am a huge fan of banana bread and shaved ice. What I find fascinating about this is that there are a lot of delicacies you can try. I find Azeka Shopping Center helpful due to the fact that they have many different restaurants and a variety of cuisines you can try not to mention that they have different shops in which you can buy souvenirs and stuffs.

    1. Jonathan says:

      Yeah, I agree with you Bonn – so many things to try. Question – have you tried making french toast with banana bread? Epic!

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