On a summer day, relief comes in the form of brightly colored, sugary sweet-decadence that melts in your mouth.
What is it about the heat that fuels a nostalgic desire for something sweet? Maybe Hawai’i’s love affair with frozen sweets is a legacy of its plantation days. Back then, ice cakes—ice cubes flavored with condensed milk or fruit juice—were a welcome treat after a long day in the sun-baked fields. Or perhaps this passion is because such indulgences summon up carefree childhood moments, sitting on a curb with an ice cream cone in hand.
With the explosion of foodie culture in Hawai‘i spreading to the dessert course, the selection of sweet treats on O‘ahu is more varied and unique than ever. From the tried and traditional to more contemporary concoctions, here are our favorite picks for satisfying your sweet tooth.
A selection of delectable treats dished up in Honolulu help residents and visitors find sweet contentment on hot summer days.
Among the variety of cool treats offered through the island, shave ice remains a local classic.