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Mochi Ice Cream at Bubbies, and Leonard’s Malasadas, Honolulu, Hawaii

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this place – Bubbies Ice cream! It’s not your average ice cream but mochi ice creams. Mochi ice cream is a Japanese confection made from mochi (pounded stick rice) with an ice cream filling and these little babies were absolutely frigging delicious!

Bubbies can be found in the University district, apparently where college student hang-out. It does get busy and there aren’t many tables inside. We weren’t planning to dine in, as since Lobster Dynamite lives about 5 minutes away so it made sense to take away.

The place was relatively busy, their specialty I think is the mochi – different types of flavours. The regular mochi flavours are on the left and the specials and chocolate dipped ones are on the right. We bought a dozen and I was hoping the guy behind the counter would give us one of each, but instead two of six different flavours – lychee, guava, chocolate peanut butter, mango, chocolate espresso, green tea and azuki bean.

We cut six mochi into thirds, for Lobster Dynamite, ‘The Mother’ and myself. My least favourite would have to be the lychee and guava. My favourite out of the combination was definitely the chocolate espresso followed by the green tea. The next day I had the chocolate espresso on my own – it was MINE!

Would have liked to try the tiramisu or the strawberry dark chocolate chip! Definitely a must visit if you love ice cream and mochi.

They also had other dessert – ice cream and other desserts with funny names – like ‘come here little girl’, ‘knock me up’ or ‘maybe the bag broke’ – we didn’t try any of them but would definitely be interested next time! lol

A couple of friends have raved about Leonard’s Malasadas, so I had HIGH expectations. Leonard’s Bakery on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu is a popular bakery, queues can be long and parking can be a complete nightmare. The attraction is the deep fried yeast dough which resembles a Portuguese version of a donut without a hole – the malasada.

Usually deep fried, and often coated or filled with different types of filings. The traditional is just plain with icing sugar, but on offer were custard, chocolate and the flavour of the month.

We got half a dozen, 2 traditional, 2 chocolate, and 2 custard – it was warm and good but considering I had high expectations it was a bit of a letdown. It was good but nothing special I thought. It was like a warm donut but softer and it didn’t have the hole – it didn’t leave me with any wow factor. The custard was probably better, but it was a little too rich for my liking. I had a bite of ‘The Mother’s’ and that was it, unlike bubbies – I wanted more!

The bakery is nothing fancy, small, and run down. You can order other things besides malasadas – different types of donuts, cakes, cookies and many more but we were here for the malasadas and that’s what we got!

If you are in the area and are curious then definitely get some, but like I said early, I think the mochi ice cream wins for me!

GA’s ratings: Bubbies: 8 / 10

1010 University Ave

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96826

Ph: +1 (808) 949 8984

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GA’s ratings: Leonard’s Bakery: 6.5 / 10

933 Kapahulu Ave

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816


Ph: +1 (808) 737 5591

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  1. March 28, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Custard filled malasada FTW! Love it when they are fresh and they are softer compared to most donuts.

  2. foodiepop
    March 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Hmm, this isn’t too far from where I’ll be staying. Will definitely check it out!

  3. foodiepop
    March 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Not far from where I’ll be staying; will remember to check it out!

    • March 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

      hey foodiepop – definitely must go if you like ice cream! or mochi! well worth it!

  4. March 28, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I still CANNOT believe you didn’t try a Kalua Pork baked manapua…it beats these donughts and the Mochi ice-cream hands down…trust me, I’ve tried them all! I did love the PB & Choc Mochi though…noms!

  5. Max Gnarl
    April 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I got passionfruit, mint oreo and key lime mochis yesterday!

  6. Brooke
    August 7, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi GA,
    I dont suppose you know of anywhere in Sydney that sells the MOchi Icecreams. Just got back from Hawaii and am SERIOUSLY addicted to these things.

    • August 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Brooek
      I havent found mochi ice creams as good as those from Bubbies. but try in World Square Sydney, there is an asian grocery store call miracle downstairs and they ‘may’ have mochi ice cream! Good luck!

  1. December 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

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