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Shave Ice and Ice Cream
The two most critical components in the making of the Islands' favorite frosty treat—shave ice—are the fine size of the "shave" and the quality of the syrup. The shave should be almost powdery like snow. Top that ice with tropical flavors like mango, lilikoi (passion fruit), or guava. For a multipart taste sensation, start with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom (and maybe some Japanese adzuki beans), add shave ice and flavoring, and then top it with a drizzle of cream or a sprinkle of mochi (rice cracker) crunch. Tom's Mini Mart (372 Waiehu Beach Rd., Wailuku 808/244–2323) boasts the largest selection of toppings. Ululani's (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului 360/606–2745) in Kahului and two locations in Lahaina (790 and 819 Front St., Lahaina 360/606–2745) makes "gourmet" shave ice.
Prefer ice cream on its own? Maui's Own Roselani has been made from scratch in Wailuku since 1932. Look for the brand's line of Tropics flavors, available at all Maui supermarkets. Haupia (coconut pudding) is the best-selling flavor. Some of the best ice-cream parlors are Hula Cookies & Ice Cream in Maalaea (300 Maalaea Rd., No. 207, Maalaea 808/243-2271) and Lahaina (655 Front St., Lahaina 808/661-5854), Royal Scoops (2780 Kekaa Dr., Kaanapali 808/661-3611) at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Peggy Sue's (1279 S. Kihei Rd., No. 303, Kihei 808/875-8944) in Kihei, Anthony's (90 Hana Hwy., Unit C, Paia 808/579-8340) in Paia, and Makawao Sushi & Deli (3647 Baldwin Ave., Makawao 808/573-9044).
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