The chefs of Oahu have perfected all types of decadent desserts. There’s the traditional Japanese dessert of mochi, a sticky rice dough ball often filled with ice cream flavors like green tea, Kona coffee or plum wine. Be sure to look for lilikoi (passionfruit), which has a fleshy purple skin and has a soft and sweet interior, or guava, another common tropical fruit. There’s also haupia, a coconut milk concoction with a gelatin consistency. And if you’re lucky to find kulolo, you’ll need one for the table! Kulolo is a traditional Hawaiian pudding made from taro, coconut milk and brown sugar, traditionally cooked/steamed for hours in the imu or underground oven. The following are our favorite small dessert shops on the North Shore of Oahu.
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Opened in 1987 by Ted Nakamura, Ted’s Bakery has been a north shore staple for decades. Though they are famous for their pies, the chocolate macadamia nut cream is a must try, the family run bakery also has an assortment of cakes, cookies, and other pastries. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sweet As Ice Cream
Sweet As is the original Hawaiian real fruit ice cream. Taking inspiration from their adventures around New Zealand, the Sweet As family blends real fruit with locally made dairy to bring delicious refreshing treats to the North Shore. Don’t miss out on the hand made waffle cones. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Scoop of Paradise
After a day spent in the hot North Shore sun and sea, make sure to stop at Scoop of Paradise for a quick, refreshing treat. With plenty of flavors from pineapple, acai, mocha, and more there is a scoop for everyone. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.