Here are some of our favorite sweet treats for holiday gifting this year.
Minamoto Kitchoan is known the world over for its elegant and creative wagashi delicacies including its current offering, Tosenka. A smooth and supple gelatin made from entire large white Japanese peaches harvested in Okayama, the sweets present beautifully as an alternative to more traditional holiday candies. Each white peach is so delicate that it’s actually grown in a special bag to keep the fruit out of direct sunlight, resulting in a sweet, juicy and unctuous bite. Don’t forget about other offerings, such as signature matcha mochi, tokoyo (sugared yuzu peel) and baumkuchen, a German cake that’s extremely popular in Japan. Can’t decide? Go for an assortment box. With offerings like white and red bean cakes and green tea or vanilla cookies, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth. Ala Moana Center, kitchoan.com
Since 1998, Honolulu Cookie Company (honolulucookie.com) has been sharing aloha with customers in the form of pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies around the world. Its latest collection includes holiday flavors like peppermint macadamia, dark chocolate peppermint macadamia, white chocolate ginger spice and white chocolate pumpkin, making Honolulu Cookie Company treats a one-two punch of island hospitality and flavor. They’re baked fresh and hand-dipped in chocolate, and there’s no sweeter way to say you’re thinking of someone this holiday season.
Ko‘olau Distillery (koolaudistillery.com) has teamed up with Mānoa Chocolate (manoachocolate.com) for the Old Pali Road Whiskey bar, a special-edition chocolate bar to whet any whiskey-lover’s appetite. Ko‘olau Distillery, which is veteran-owned, uses naturally volcanic rock-filtered, alkaline water to make its specialty Old Pali Road Whiskey. Responsibly sourced cacao nibs are soaked in Old Pali Road Whiskey-filled barrels, which results in a rich flavoring of the 70% chocolate for the perfect balance. As neighbors in Kailua, it was a natural fit for the two artisan producers to team up to create a match made in Hawai‘i, perfect for bringing a bit of Hawai‘i to any chocolate and whiskey lover.
If you’re not sure what gift to send to a family or a potentially picky eater, try Dylan’s Candy Bar’s (dylanscandybar.com) Gold Collection gourmet gift box. With cherries, berries, cherry jubilees, toffee bites, sparkling prosecco cordials and more, it’s a prime way to show you care—in sweetened spades. Conveniently packaged in a pretty gold box that swings out each individual treat’s compartment, it’s a showstopper when it arrives at someone’s door. Open at Pualeilani Atrium Shops on Waikiki Beach, Dylan’s Candy Bar is the brilliant idea from Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan Lauren. With an interior that plays up the surrounding island vibe and offerings that include local ingredients, candies from around the world and lifestyle products like Whirly Pop towels, floats and beach paddles, you’ll be feeling sweet.
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