HONOLULU Magazine 2021 Gift Guide for Food Lovers: Sweet Treats to Give Your Sweetheart

Whether your friends and family are naughty or love spice, you’ll find the right gift for everyone with great taste on your list. Here’s wishing them all season’s eatings.
Ono Gift Guide Ay Cl Sweets Hoola Spicy Nioi Honey

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Ho‘ōla Spicy Nīoi Honey

Big Island-grown golden ghost peppers make this honey the hottest I’ve ever tried. Drizzle over a slice of pizza or some sharp cheese and just wait for the fireworks. –MB


$13.50, savehealthrive.com, @ho.olahoney



Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Chocolea

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Choco Le‘a Truffles and Chocolate-Dipped Dried Fruit

The Mānoa chocolatier’s indulgent bites are a no-brainer for holiday treats. But don’t overlook the dark-chocolate adorned dried jabong, an intensely citrusy bite that offsets all those sweets. –CY


Prices vary, 2909 Lowrey Ave., (808) 371-2234, chocolea.com, @chocoleahawaii


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Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Colin Hazama Gummy Bears

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C4 Table by Colin Hazama Gummy Bears

Chef Colin Hazama spins together fresh fruit and other local ingredients. You can taste the strawberry and condensed milk in the Guri Guri Strawberry, and the dried lychee and crystallized ginger in the Jasmine Lychee. –RD


$7, 4–6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Kaiser High PTSA Farmers Market; Wednesdays, preorder for pickup at M by Chef Mavro; c4table.com, @c4_table



Ono Gift Guide Ay Cl Sweets Mochi Foods Maffles

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Mochi Foods Original Maffle Mix

Mochi waffles must be slightly crispy and perfectly chewy. This is the only mix version that satisfies me and takes just minutes to make. –CY


$5.99, mochifoods.com


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Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Laie Vanilla Beans

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Lā‘ie Vanilla Farm Grade A Vanilla Beans

The local beans are bigger than ones you’ll find in stores. And there is nothing better than getting fresh ones in the mail, unless it’s topping everything with vanilla whipped cream you made yourself. –MB


$50 for 10 beans, (808) 209-3354, laievanilla.com, @laievanillacompany



Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Pidginmoji Fortune Cookies

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Pidginmoji Fortune Cookies

The future always looks mo’ bettah when delivered in true chee hoo style. Pidginmoji app co-creator Ka‘ohele Carlos provides the sayings tucked inside Hawai‘i Candy cookies. –CY


$8, 1928 Republican St., (808) 845-9868, hawaiianchipcompany.com, @hawaiianchipcompany


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Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Banan Mac Nut Butter

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Banán Macadamia Nut Honey Butter

This spread—rich with just a touch of sweetness—is more of a coarse paste than creamy butter. Slather it on toast or smear it on the inside of a fresh fruit tart for a tropical version of frangipane. –MC


$20, banan.co and farmlinkhawaii.com, @banan



Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Pono Potions

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Pono Potions

Pono Potions’ syrups made with local ingredients, from soothing lavender to ‘ōlena and caramelized pineapple, have helped many cafés step up their coffee creations. Sweeten your own morning brew, stir them into cocktails or drizzle over ice cream. –MC


$15, 1119 Smith St., @ponopotions


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Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Diamond Head Taffy

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Diamond Head Taffy

Sticky and satisfying, the liliko‘i, chocolate haupia, lychee and li hing mui flavors of the Hawai‘i-made soft saltwater taffy hit the local sweet spot. –CY


$9.99 a bag, diamondheadcandy.com, @diamondheadcandy



Ono Gift Guide Ay Sweets Honokaa Chocolate Co

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Honoka‘a Goat Milk 55% Cacao Bar

Creamy, dreamy with a rich cacao backbone, this bar is addictive. It was one of my favorite food finds of 2021 even before I found out it won silver in the International Chocolate Awards World Finals. –MB


$12, 45-3584 Old Māmalahoa Highway, Honoka‘a, (808) 494-2129, honokaachocolateco.com, @honokaachocolate