What are the TOP snacks in Hawaii?

We could tell you our faves, but we’ll let the readers of Hawaii Magazine tell you theirs.

Shave Ice

Making Shave Ice at Matsumotos in Oahu

Making Shave Ice at Matsumotos in Oahu

When My Vacation Lady‘s daughter and son in law came home from their honeymoon to Hawaii, they missed shave ice and talked about opening up a shave ice stand in New Jersey.  Well, apparently , Hawaii Magazine’s readers agreed and voted Hawaii Shave Ice as their top favorite snack.  Please don’t call it shaved ice— leave of the “d” since it is SHAVE ice.  It’s not a snow cone of crushed ice with syrup sinking to the bottom but rather more like snowflakes infused with flavors.  We personally loved strawberry and mango.

Malassadas-  If you are going to be in Oahu, stop at Leonard’s Bakery for some of these Portuguese treats.  They are a ball of sweet dough deep fried and then covered in powdered sugar.  Some like them stuffed with sweet cream but they are just fabulous warm and plain!

Fresh Pineapple- you can’t get much sweeter than the fresh sliced pineapple from Hawaii.  While most of the world’s pineapple is no longer grown in Hawaii, it still remains a favorite of all visitors.  We actually went to the Dole factory on our last visit and got a lesson in how to pick a great pineapple from the supermarket.

I don’t quite get this as a snack but Poke came up on this list as a top snack.  Poke is the Hawaiian word for the action of slicing, or cutting crosswise into pieces and it’s usually a fish dish cut into cubes and seasoned.  We typically associate snacks with sweet but, to each their own.

Who can resist Macadamia nuts?   When My Vacation Lady goes to Hawaii, the chocolate covered ones never make it home for gifts.  Salted macadamia nuts go great with a cold beer and a view of the sunset but try some of the more unique flavors– Maui onion, garlic, barbeque, wasabi , kona coffee and honey roasted flavors.


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