This Waikīkī Store Offers Just About Every Candy You Can Imagine
Willy Wonka and other candy junkies would love this new store.
Photo: Lennie Omalza
New restaurants are popping up all the time, but contemporary candy bars are few and far between. That’s why when we heard about Candy Bar Hawaiʻi, we couldn’t wait to try it.
Located on Waikīkī Beach Walk, it’s the closest thing you’ll get to a Willy Wonka experience in the Islands. Though it’s strictly a storefront (there isn’t even enough room for an actual factory), its candy options are seemingly endless. There are several shelves full of treats from local candy makers, including Madre Chocolate, Mānoa Chocolate and Original Hawaiian Chocolate, to name a few. Jars upon jars of taffy line the middle of the store, with flavors ranging from coconut, pineapple and pear, to chocolate chip, hot chocolate and maple bacon. On the left wall, there are more than 100 clear self-serve drawers, filled with everything from chocolate-covered almonds and coffee beans to gummy turtles and octopuses. There are also some individually wrapped retro favorites that include Chick-o-Stick and Ring Pops.
Overwhelmed with so many choices, we made it a point to sample pieces we’ve never seen before, such as the best seller: the dark chocolate honeycomb sponge. Like a fresher version of Violet Crumble, we like the dark chocolate variation. One thing we didn’t care for was the goat dark chocolate. Very bitter with an almost gamey aftertaste, it’s best left to the more adventurous.
At $19.99 per pound for all of the bulk candies, the prices seem a little steep for residents. We’ll probably stick to Carousel Candyland in Kāhala Mall for our regular candy store trips, since prices range from $12 to $16.80 per pound. However, Candy Bar Hawaiʻi is a great place for unique gifts, such as the adorable boxed sets. The Paradise Survival Kit, for example, comes with midsummer chili mango, halakahiki coconut balls and laniākea honu, while the Honeymoon Sweets set includes sky blue hearts, champagne bubbles and love is peachy hearts. Plus, the cooler tote (free with a $25 purchase) makes a great gift bag.
Candy Bar Hawaiʻi, 227 Lewers St., 798-9072, open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.