In addition to clear skies, wonderful weather, and great food, Hawaii is also home to some of the coolest candies in the world. The Hawaiian Islands have long been a place where the locals have enjoyed fruity-sweet delicacies, and over the years, numerous types of sweets and candies have popped up for locals and visitors alike.
However, unlike, say, Mexico and Germany, Hawaiian sweets tend to steer away from traditional chocolatey flavors and instead feature sour candies that pack sweet and salty flavors. From coconut candies to hibiscus mints and even shredded fish, the best Hawaiian candy is both fresh, unique, and incredibly delicious.
Whether you're from Hawaii or have just visited, odds are you've had some of these treats while you were there. Find your favorite sweets and candy brands below and vote them up to see which of these popular treats rises to the top! Is your favorite Hawaiian sweet or candy brand missing? Add it to the list!
What is it? Sweet lychee-flavored fruit candies that are arguably sweeter and more flavorful than your average everyday Jolly Rancher.
What is it? Plum-flavored candies that are both sweet and sour. Unlike other Hawaiian candies, these ones aren't chewy.
What is it? Individually wrapped little hard candies with a chewy dried plum in the middle. Think of them as a lollipop you don't have to lick.
What is it? Sour wrapped candies that are sprinkled with a sweet plum powder. Careful, these sour candies are berry tart.
What is it? Tiny apple-flavored candies with a sour and tart aftertaste. If you love tart candies, you should definitely try these - they're super sour.
What is it? Tart strawberry-flavored candy topped with a delicious plum powder. If you like fruit leather, you'll probably love these.
What is it? Crystallized pocket-sized candy bites that are probably most definitely made from 100% pure sugar water.
What is it? Cappuccino-flavored hard candies for when you're in a rush and don't have time to wait for your caffeine fix.
What is it? Tart little individually wrapped ginger candies that are great for snacking on after meals. Watch out - they pack a kick.
What is it? Individually-wrapped candy chews with a tart and refreshing ginger flavor. Great for when you have a sore throat.
What is it? Every piece of this strawberry-flavored gum comes with its own tattoo. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how cool the design is), they're not permanent.
What is it? Plum-flavored candies that are sweet, sour, and salty at the same time, although they're probably more salty and sour than sweet.
What is it? Tiny toffee candies made with coconut milk. Seriously, is there anything that doesn't taste better with coconut milk?
What is it? Brittle nut candies that are both salty and crunchy. The buttery flavor helps connect the salty flavors to the sweet and sugary taste.
What is it? Ginger-flavored candy strings that are simultaneously sweet and sour. While they may look they're spicy, these sweets are actually pretty tame.
What is it? Individually-wrapped mango-flavored soft chews that are more like jellybeans than they are like an ordinary candy.
What is it? Individually-wrapped mints in a tart hibiscus flavor. Great for when you need a quick pick-me-up or just after a meal.
What is it? Chocolate bars packed with caramel and macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts and caramel, the b-version of peanut butter and chocolate.
What is it? Dried and shredded cuttlefish that makes a delightful little snack. Add it as a topping to other food or just eat it by itself.
What is it? Super sour candies that are made from dried and sometimes salted Asian plumes. They pack a pretty powerful sour punch.