Aloha! I am excited to share with you some of my favorite Hawaiian and Japanese candies that I tried recently from Snack Hawaii! I didn’t know this before but Hawaiian’s love their candy covered in Li Hing Mui powder, which is also known as ‘salty dried plum’. This powder adds an extra subtle kick to the sweet/sour flavor of gummy candies that makes them taste even better! I expected the Li Hing Mui powder to have a strong, distinct flavor but it really just enhances the flavor of the candy and makes it taste amazing! I tried li hing sour fruit salad, li hing sour rainbow belts, li hing sour gummy watermelons and li hing gummy bears. LOVED them all!
I also tried Konpeito, which are Japanese sugar candies (they look like little balls with spikes on them). These are beautiful and so fun to photograph – almost too pretty to eat! They taste similar to rock candy and are made with pure sugar. They’re something fun and new to try if you haven’t!
Finally, I sampled some lychee hard candies and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts with rice crisp. I loved the added crisp of the rice to the chocolate! I have to say though, I am not the biggest fan of lychee. I think it is an acquired taste I will have to develop over time. I’m working on it.
Next time you are craving something new, order some Hawaiian Li Hing Mui candy from Snack Hawaii (or visit their store if you happen to be in the Aloha state)! You won’t regret it. I promise. 🙂
*Thank you to Snack Hawaii for sponsoring this post