Hawaii is known around the world for two sweet treats, ice cream and Hawaiian shave ice. And finding these sweet treats on Kauai is easy if you follow these tried and true recommendations where you’ll be sure to find a tropical flavor that’s just right for you.
Serving up premium quality ice cream and coffee, Lappert’s Hawaii is the place to go for delicious real down home ice cream. Only available in Hawaii and not affiliated with Lappert’s Ice Cream on the mainland, Lappert’s Hawaii offers up flavors like White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Heavenly Hana, and Kauai Pie – everyone in the family will be begging for seconds. And don’t forget to grab a coffee as well – Lappert’s serves up rich, dark, flavorful coffees like Kauai, Kona, Maui, and Molokai Supreme. Lappert’s Hawaii has locations in Hanapepe, at the Kukuiula Shopping Village in Koloa, and at the Princeville Shopping Center.
Kilauea Video & Ice Cream
While it’s doubtful you’ll be renting a DVD while you’re on vacation in Kauai, it’s very likely you’ll be eating ice cream. Or maybe even some candy, as they offer a great selection of both. Kilauea Video and Ice Cream features all natural Tropical Dreams Ice Cream made in Waimea, Hawaii; favorite flavors include Mango Lychee Nut, Macadamia Nut, Toasted Coconut, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. The owner is known for his charismatic demeanor making everyone feel welcome and it’s also likely you’ll visit this store more than once during your vacation.
Located in Hanalei, Pink’s Creamery is fast becoming an island favorite. Here you can start with premium vanilla ice cream and Pink’s mixes in whatever flavors and fresh fruit you’d like; favorite choices include Five Berry, Coconut, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple, plus they have a great selection of fruit sorbet. Pink’s Creamery also serves light lunches including sandwiches and their famous brown rice salad.
Shave Ice Paradise
Located in Hanalei across the street from shopping at Ching Young Village, Shave Ice Paradise offers a rainbow assortment of flavors. Similar to snow cones, shave ice has been around in Hawaii since the 1880’s when Japanese immigrants began working on the sugar plantations. Popular flavors include Island Punch, Pineapple, Pina Colada, and Blue Coconut.
Kailuea Bakery & Pizza
Well, you could go for the pizza or you could just go for the yummy pastries and desserts like their amazing Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns. Made fresh daily, Kailuea Bakery is a great stop for an evening coffee or sweet treat – try their coconut cream filled éclairs accompanied by a frozen Macadamia Nut Mocha. Heavenly Hawaiian.
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