Must try Hawaiian snacks that locals love to eat on the islands
What do locals in Hawaii love to snack on the islands with a sweet or savory bite, or maybe a little bit of both? Locals love these tasty Hawaii snacks that are popular Hawaii food favorites on the islands in fact, most love to snack all day but they won’t tell you that they just love to snack all the time. Many of these popular snacks are also sweets and dessert favorites to enjoy in Hawaii.
Check out these favorite Hawaii snacks that everyone loves to much on between meals to enjoy on the islands. Find out which Hawaiian treats are the tastiest to try now.
Best Hawaiian snacks and pupus to eat on the islands
You can find all these snacking treats at your local farmers markets, grocery stores or even street vendor selling their favorite foodie snacks for public purchase. Even local mom and pop shops will special in a few of these Hawaiian treats for you to snack on when hunger pangs happen before the main meals. Check out all these must try Hawaiian snacks below for you to try and take these Hawaiian snacks to bring home.
Many of the snacks are sweet to savory pupus that are popular to eat on the island and typically eaten al day or just to fill you up in between meals. Although, locals on the islands love to snack all day long.
Fresh Malasada fried and ready to eat is oh so good and even better if it has a delicious filling inside like popular cream, chocolate or tropical flavored jelly or fruit. You’ll get addicted to malasadas fast and will want to try out all the different places that offer unique bites and flavors to try from their shops. You need to try this sweet Hawaiian snack when you visit the islands. Malasadas make the perfect Hawaiian snacks for parties or gatherings on the islands.
Check where to find the best malasadas in Hawaii here to find your favorite spots around the islands to buy these Hawaiian treats now.
Sweet mochi snacks
A favorite sweet indulgence, mochi has always been a sweet treat to go for in Hawaii. You must try this Hawaiian snack if you like the traditional kind or more unusual new flavors with tropical tastes including mango, lilikoi, guava and whole variety that caters to every sweet tooth. Check out this post on the best mochi on the islands here and some history about this delicious snack.
One of the most popular snacks from Hawaii, Spam musubi is the typical go to Hawaiian snack on the islands and one of the easy Hawaiian snacks to make on your own if you have a craving for spam. You can easily find spam musubi sold everywhere from convenience stories, deli take out counters to even the gas station food sections. Spam musubi typically is spam slices rolled in rice and seaweed wrapper to give you an easy savory snack to tie you over between meals and it is cheap and easy to eat.
Spam musubi is an easy snack to make, check out how to juice it up with this fun Hawaiian snack recipe video below.
One of the most popular Hawaiian snacks are tasty manapua. For those looking for hot, kind of sweet meat and savory in a steamed pork bun, then fresh from the steamer, manapua will hit the spot. You can get manapua or the equivalent of a Char sui bun. These steamed buns come in a variety of fillings including: chicken, kalua pork, sweet potato, curry and even veggie versions for a nice hot take-out food to tie you over between meals.
Can’t find a place to buy manapua in your area, why not make it yourself?
Who doesn’t love a shave ice on a hot day when smooth and melt in your mouth spoonful of tasty and flaky shave ice filled with flavorful tropical inspired juices from Mango, Coconut, lilikoi, Guava and almost unlimited combinations that you can ask for in one cup depending on the size and flavors you are craving. One of the most popular snacks in Hawaii, there’s nothing like a big cup of shave ice to satisfy your cravings on a day between errands or just taking a nice break to snack on something broke da mouth (delicious).
Who has the best shave ice? Check out the top favorites on this post showing all the local favorites around the islands now.
Who knew that boiled peanuts are a popular favorite Hawaii snack food on the islands and so easy to do or just buy from a roadside stand or market. Problem with boiled peanuts is that they are addictive and very easy to eat up in one serving, so you have to make a lot to share with friends.
You can easily make your own boiled peanuts here for making your own to snack on now.
Another popular favorite food that typically is served in their shell and slathered with lots of garlic and shoyu type dressing is edamame, although so many different versions of this dish make this an addictive snacking food.
Try these recipes for simple edamame done two different ways in this video below.
local jerky and other tropical versions
Beef jerky snacks are big on the islands with regular and local brands offering tradition beef jerky to more tropical tastes of local flavors or spiced meats to include: Beef, local fish, pig, cuttle fish varieties. One of the best Hawaiian snacks to bring home or keep in your car for any snack cravings, local jerky hits that spot as a delicious Hawaiian snack to eat all day long.
Japanese Arare crackers
You’ll find Japanese arare crackers a delicious snack for those looking for soyu, seaweed or spicy crackers with a kick to include wasabi, pepper and the standard soyu type of crunchy snacks. Popular versions include the arare peanuts with mixed blends of this savory and crunchy combinations and is one of the best Hawaiian snacks to eat all day long.
You’ll find arare available in many local markets, convenience stores to popular stores like Longs Drugs that carry a wide variety of local snacks and an extensive selection of arare type crackers.
One of the popular Hawaiian snacks for movie night or any gathering is Hurricane popcorn. You can’t get enough of this savory snack made basically with fresh hot popcorn, warm butter with arare crackers and lots of furikake flakes. This favorite salty and savory treat fills all the snacking requirements that local peeps really go for when they start getting some hunger pangs.
You can easily make your own hurricane popcorn for a quick snack, check out the recipe video below.
Taro chips are the alternate to typical chip brands but with a healthier snack product. Made of taro root the chips are sliced thin to with the purple root and baked. Tossed with sea salt, this is a healthy and addicted local version of chips that will satisfy and salty snack cravings in anyone.
Can’t find tara chips for sale in your area, how about making it on your own with this easy to follow instruction below?
One of the most popular Hawaiian snacks are Chinese pretzels. You’ll always find a street side vendor frying up some hot and sweet Chinese pretzels for sale and made to order. These delicious deep fried dough pretzels and sprinkled with powdered sugar are so good when eaten fresh, but just as delicious when the mood hits and you have a bag ready for an instant snack.
Another popular Hawaiian snacks are Panadillas. These Puerto Rican versions of the popular empanadas are a favorite snack food on the islands. Typically made with pork or beef, garlic, onions, cilantro and wrapped in a tender crusty dough that is oh so good when it is freshly deep fried and ready to eat. You’ll find panadillas sold at roadside stands, farmers markets to small mom and pop deli stands that have fresh take away that you can easily heat up and snack away on your own.
Li hing on anything good
Li hing powder is sprinkled on everything snacky it seems, the most popular think to have with Lin Hing is Margaritas or Mai Tais, popular gummy bear type jellies, dried or pickled fruit, shave ice and even pop corn for a savory flavored snack that’s distinctively Hawaiian. One of the favorite Hawaiian candy and snacks Li hing flavor jellies and powder used on everything is so ono or delicious.
A popular take out food usually served with rice in a rice bowl with your favorite poke topping. This hearty dish is a snack to a hearty meal depending on what time of day and how much you order. This delicious local snack can be quite filling and could take the place of any meal, but without rice works very well as a snack or appetizer dish.
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Where to find Hawaiian snacks around the islands
All these specialty snacks are found many grocery stores, mom and pop shops, farmers markets and even snacking aisles at popular venues like ABC stores, Longs Drugs and even big box retailers like Target, Safeway and KTA grocery stores.
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Conclusion on local Hawaii snacks
Thanks for checking out all these popular local Hawaiian snacks, hope many of these favorites snacks were on your list to try some day. Did we miss any other popular snacks in Hawaii? Please share your favorites in the comment section below.
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