The scoop on Honolulu’s new sherbet shop
Scoop Scoops scoops up fun, local flavors on King Street
Scrolling through Instagram, I came across a place with emoji-face ice cream scoops painted on the door. As a lover of murals and frozen treats, I had to find out more. It turns out this wasn’t ice cream, but sherbet (yay!) at a new shop called Scoop Scoops.
Scoop Scoops makes sherbet flavors that resonate with locals. It’s a mini-chain — if you wanted Scoop Scoops before they opened in McCully next to Chef Mavro on King Street, you had to pre-order on their Instagram and pick up near their Mililani or Kunia shops at designated times.
Current flavors are Pineapple Yum, Strawberreh, Li Hing Belts, Mayjah Mango, Lychee-hoo, Honeydew and Tundah Taro. The basic flavors — Pineapple Yum, Strawberreh and Li Hing Belts — come out to $5 a pint. The rest, all premium flavors, cost $6 or $7 a pint. Scoops Scoops also releases limited-edition pints like Schmean Green, a green river flavor, and Milk Tea Swirl, a brown sugar milk tea flavor with mochi pieces. There’s also Moo Juice for $2, which is condensed milk in a tiny, squeezable bottle to drizzle on the sherbet.
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Looking at the menu, I couldn’t decide what to get. So in the spur of the moment I decided to get all the premium flavors plus Li Hing Belts, because let’s be honest: There’s no such thing as too much dessert.
Opening the pints releases sweet, fruity scents. Flavor-wise, nothing tastes artificial. In fact, Mayjah Mango, Tundah Taro and Lychee-hoo have small pieces of fruit inside.
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For this reason Mayjah Mango is my favorite of the bunch. I’m kind of biased because mango is one of my favorite fruits and especially during the summer, I crave anything mango. This hits the spot. It’s sweet and refreshing and you get the mango flavor without the messy job of peeling and slicing a mango. Plus, it’s always a fun surprise to bite into a little chunk of mango.
Surprisingly, my second favorite is Li Hing Belts. I debated getting this because li hing belts are not one of my favorite candies, but when the cashier said it was one of their favorites, I added it to the list. I am so glad I did. Inside are specks of li hing powder as well as strawberry seeds. My first spoonful hits me with a wave of nostalgia. It tastes like a strawberry Icee with li hing powder. The tartness of the li hing hits me at the end of my spoonful, making my mouth water for more. Before I know it, a fourth of the pint is gone.
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That is not the only surprise. Spooning up Tundah Taro, I bite into something soft and chewy. I know there are taro pieces in here, but when I look down I see pieces of mochi. My mouth drops open. Taste testing the other flavors reveals that Honeydew also has pieces of mochi. If there’s anything that I love more than frozen desserts, it’s frozen desserts with mochi inside.
I am a big fan of Asato Family Shop’s sherbet, and before tasting Scoop Scoops, I wasn’t sure how this would be different. Now I can say that the way Scoop Scoops incorporates pieces of real fruit and even mochi makes the sherbet a standout. I really enjoy the variety of textures as you eat your way through the pint.
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I also really enjoy knowing that Scoop Scoops has a permanent spot I can walk into five days a week now so that I can restock anytime. In this humidity, that time will probably come soon.
1915 S. King St.
Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m
Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m