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Kauai Kookie is one of the most creative kookie kompanies in Hawaii. They put a unique spin on typical cookie recipes, using local ingredients and lots of love and aloha. And if not shown through their cookies, the family-own business shares the joy of a classic favorite with a warm welcome to their Hanapēpē factory
That’s where 50,000 cookies and other specialty bakery items are pumped out each day, boxed, packaged and sold throughout the island and parts of the mainland. It’s also where visitors can sample seasonal flavors and flavors not sold on shelves at supermarkets. They’re always fresh out of the oven and include the Banzai (furikake and wasabi), lavender and rocky road flavors.
This goes to show just how much this once small-time company has expanded since the days when only eight flavors (representing the eight Hawaiian Islands) were available for sale. It was back in the 1960s and included: Kona Coffee Macadamia, Chocolate Chip Macadamia, Peanut Butter, Guava Macadamia, Coconut Krispies, Cornflake Crunch, Macadamia Nut Shortbread and Almond.
While those are still available today, Kauai Kookie has since put its imagination full speed ahead in creating 30 different cookie varieties, dressings, marinades, manju, cinnamon toast and taro sugar krunchies. As much as I love cookies, the taro sugar krunchies (made with Makaweli poi) are even deadlier. They can be overly-sweet to some, but for me, I can’t stop eating them.
If you’re unable to decide which flavor to bring back home, then let the ladies of the shop help you find the flavor that fits your cravings. The workers are always super sweet and very generous; don’t be alarmed, though, if they follow you around with a tongs and bag of cookie pieces to try. They’re that nice; they’re even nice enough to pack up the products you purchased in a carry-on box for the plane.
KAUAI KOOKIE FACTORY • 1-3529 Kaumualii Hwy., Hanapepe, HI 96716 • To place a phone order, 808-335-5003; for online orders, www.kauaikookie.com