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5 Sweet Treats for Summer

BY Lauren Loudermilk | August 1, 2016 | Feature Features

Whether you're indulging or trying to beat the heat, these five desserts are what's on the menu in Hawai‘i this summer.
Munch on “summer fruits” from The Kahala this summer.

1. Summer Fruits from The Kahala
These aren’t your typical summer fruits. Through Aug. 20, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is hand-making these Pate De Fruit jellies. The French confections are rolled in sanding sugar, giving the colorful squares a luxe luster. Pick up three different flavors—lilikoi, mango and guava—in a Kahala signature box from either Plumeria Beach House, Hoku’s or The Veranda, all at The Kahala. $38 per 16-piece box, 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, 739.8760

2. Cake from Ko Bakery
Crafted with island ingredients, these cakes and cheesecakes are perfect for any summer feast. The menu boasts confections like a POG cake ($35) made with passion fruit buttercream coating orange and guava cake, and The Triple Threat ($35)—a ganache covered chocolate cake that is retro-delicious, with chocolate frosting in the layers. Slow-baked cheesecakes ($38) come in a selection of six flavors, including Kaua‘i Coffee. The bakery doesn’t have a retail location, so call ahead and pick up your sweet treats at its kitchen. 4302 Rice St., Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i, 212.9437

3. Japanese Sweets from Kulu Kulu
From the mini Hello Kitty waffles to bite-sized Strawberry Shortcakes, this Honolulu stop provides Instagram-worthy desserts. The bakery also does custom cakes (with their own whimsical cake toppers) and monthly special flavors. July saw the return of the “Kulu Kulu Zoo” with delights like a green tea Honu puff and a raspberry cheese mousse piglet. Look out for “Tropical Hawaiian Days” treats in August, with lava flow and mango pudding. Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, O‘ahu 931.0503

4. Gelato from La Gelateria
This frozen food purveyor has been handcrafting gelato in Hawai’i since 1981. La Gelateria offers up classic flavors like Kona coffee, birthday cake and macadamia nut, alongside seasonal favorites such as watermelon sorbetto. Its also the maker of the exclusive Manulele Distillers Ko Hana Rum gelato, made with the same Hawaiian cane as Ko Hana’s Kea, or white rum. Get a taste when you take Manulele’s sugar cane and aquaponic farm tour ($18). 819 Cedar St., Honolulu, O‘ahu, 591.1133

5. Taiwanese Shaved Ice from Frost City
If you’re feeling more experimental, head to Frost City for its signature “snowflake” dessert. A hybrid of ice cream and shaved ice, this frozen sweet, originating in Taiwan, is sure to give you pause... and then delight. Dig into a layered, icy mountain in flavors like green tea, haupia and a strawberry-dark chocolate combo. Pick one up for a light chance of snow in the middle of your summer. Small $4.75, regular $6, 2570 Beretania St., Ste. 105, Honolulu, O‘ahu, 947.3328

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