The 10 Best Sweet Treats in Honolulu
Honolulu’s sweet treats aren’t your average slice of pie or ice cream cone - they’re daring to be different, and they’re absolutely decadent. From cereal-flavored boba milk tea to creamy Dole Whip, the best desserts in Honolulu won't let you down. Here are memorable desserts that provide a sweet and satisfying conclusion every time.
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1. Tropical Fruit Bar (Cookie Corner)
Inspired by the flavors of the islands, Cookie Corner’s sweet and tangy Tropical Fruit Bars have a rich and buttery shortbread crust, and are topped with a tree-ripened, fresh fruit filling. Try one of their three mouth-watering flavors, Liikoi, Lemon, and Key Lime. Cookie Corner is located at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
2. Acai Bowl (Café Glacé)
Café Glacé prepares its thick Sambazon acai smoothie bowl with toppings like granola, banana, strawberry, blueberry, honey, and coconut. Not only is the bowl sweet, it is loaded with antioxidants and fiber, which help with heart health, digestion, and aging. Read on for more sweet treats from Café Glacé, including sweet crêpes and gelato. Café Glacé is located at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
3. Dole Whip (Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel)
The world famous swirled pineapple soft-serve dessert created by the Dole Food Company is a must after a long day at the beach. End the day just steps from your hotel room with O‘ahu’s favorite frozen treat. Enjoy a Dole Whip from Surf Shack at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel pool. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
4. Crack Seed (Crack Seed Store)
The Crack Seed Store offers a variety of the popular preserved fruit snacks. Typically salted, the candied fruits can be sweet, salty, or sour - or all three. Find delicious crack seed flavors like li hing mui, cherry, peach, and plum at the Crack Seed Store in the Kaimuki neighborhood. 1156 Koko Head Ave.
5. Malasadas (Leonard’s Bakery)
Nobody makes the sugary deep fried balls of dough better than Lenoard’s Bakery. They’ve been making the fresh-stuffed Portuguese treats since 1952. Leonard’s Bakery is located just north of Waikiki. 933 Kapahulu Ave.
6. Mochi Mooncake (Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery)
Mochi mooncakes are pretty to look at, and taste even better. The labor-intensive cakes are only available around the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, a traditional Asian festival held every September. Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery in Chinatown has a variety of flavors like white lotus, black sugar, mango, taro, ube, green tea, and honeydew. 1027 Maunakea St.
7. Coco Puffs (Liliha Bakery)
Liliha’s iconic Coco Puffs are small puffed pastries filled with a creamy chocolate pudding and topped with a thick vanilla and coconut frosting. The famous bakery has three Honolulu locations to satisfy your cravings for the famous eclair-type dessert. For the most accessible location from Waikiki, visit their bakery in the Ala Moana Center. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
8. Boba Milk Tea (Taste Tea)
Bubble or boba tea includes chewy tapioca balls or other toppings within a tea-based drink. The varieties of the drink are endless, and Taste Tea offers a wide range of exotic flavors like fruity pebbles milk tea, chocolate pudding milk tea, and Almond Joy milk tea. Delicious add-ons include tapioca pearls, grass jelly, or molten tapioca. 1430 Kona St.
9. Shave Ice (Island Vintage Shave Ice)
These icy wonders are stacked with flavorful shaved ice and topped with condensed milk, natural syrups, fresh fruit, homemade mochi, popping boba, and adzuki bean. Build your own shave ice creation with tropical flavors like passionfruit, strawberry, and lychee mint. Find Island Vintage Shave Ice outside the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Beginning February 1, shave ice will be available at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel at Kai Coconuts. 2201 Kalakaua Ave. Kiosk B-1
10. Sweet Crêpes (Café Glacé)
Crêpes are a versatile dessert best enjoyed à la mode. Café Glacé has a range of sweet crêpe flavors like Sugar Lemon (Hawaiian cane sugar, fresh lemon, and butter) and Chococo (housemade hot fudge and toasted coconut). Top your crêpe with one of their signature 32 gelato flavors like passion fruit, guava, banana, pitaya, chai tea, and kiwi. Café Glacé is located at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
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