Papalani Gelato® Products

Pumpkin Spice Breeze is back!

It’s Autumn and Time for one of our Favorites!

A favorite everywhere.

Autum Breeze

Made using 100% pure Pumpkin and our special spice mixture.

My mom made a great Pumpkin Pie. Full of flavor, lots of spices, and a perfect way to end any meal. We love Pumpkin Pie so much! This drink is full of spices, pure pumpkin blended with cold milk. We use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg,  and clove.   Our Pumpkin Spice Breeze is back! Stop on by and celebrate the season!

Hawaii Style Lemonade for the Summer

It’s Summer in Hawaii!

Time for a refreshing tropical treat. 

Lemonade Hawaii Style!

Fresh, refreshing, and full of the flavors of Hawaii!

 

Lemonade reminds us all of summer.  Summer in Hawaii is amazing. The colors are bright and intense. The tradewinds refreshing and appreciated.  Summer here inspired us to create a special Hawaiian version of lemonade for you to enjoy. Made from fresh squeezed lemon juice, pink guava (a beautiful summer fruit), and lots of strawberries, blended together to create a sweet, tangy, refreshing, and very Hawaiian version of a classic. Available at our Popiu store but only for a limited time.

Fresh Basil Gelato and how we end up deciding on new flavors!

Fresh Kauai Grown Basil Gelato

Basil Gelato made from Kauai Grown Fresh Basil

We love what we do. To say we have a passion for gelato and chocolate really does not describe how much we love what we do. For the past 10 years gelato and chocolates has been at the center of our lives in many ways. One of the ways we think we are different than other places on Kauai is our emphasis on local flavors. Not just adding some coffee and macadamia nuts to a flavor, but finding ways to showcase many different ingredients found on Kauai. Sometimes the inspiration comes when we are shopping at one of the Sunshine Markets on Kauai. We have over 300 flavors in our recipe book right now and it constantly is being added to. Many times customers will ask us what inspired us to make a specific flavor. The truth is we have many sources of inspiration. Sometimes, like with our newest flavor, the inspiration comes from a local grower who brings to us something from their garden or farm. They just come in and say, hey, have you ever made anything with Jackfruit or Starfruit, or whatever they may have growing at that moment.

How to Make Chocolates at Home

Part One of our Series: Homemade Chocolate is the Best Chocolate

We love chocolate. I mean really love chocolate. In our store, we make chocolates on a regular basis and we try to find unique flavor combinations and ingredients to combine into something wonderful. Not all of our attempts of course succeed, but with each attempt we learn something that allows us to make our next experiment succeed. Failure in the kitchen can be as informative and educational as each success.

What we plan to do over the next few months is provide a basic primer and introduction into chocolate making that we hope will allow you to experiment and enjoy the process of working with the “Food of the Gods”.
Our first post is all about choosing what chocolate to use. The first and most important part of making any food product is choosing the right ingredients. This is especially true when working with chocolate as not all chocolates have the same quality, flavor profile, and can be used for all applications of chocolate making. Here are some tips or suggestions for how to choose chocolate to use at home.

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows and our Smores – A family Affair

Sometimes our families influence us in surprising and unexpected ways. Lauren’s mom, Arlene was a big time foodie before the Food Channel was established and the term celebrity was combined with chef. She took cooking classes, read tons of cook books, and had a wall in one of her bedrooms dedicated to her cookbook collection. Each growing season, she turned her backyard into a clinic on tomato growing and was even featured in the LA Times at one point due to her special way of growing tomatoes. She loved food so much. She would call companies to tell them how much she enjoyed some new food product she had tried. Her passion was good food and she enjoyed cooking, eating, and talking about food.

Arlene passed away a few years ago. Lauren and I inherited a small acrylic file container full of index cards with her special recipes, her favorites, and things she loved. These were Arlene’s secrets and favorite recipes for many things, some Lauren could not recall her ever making. Arlene passed away while we lived in Canada when we were just starting to think about moving to Kauai to start our gelato and chocolates shop. We were so busy with planning the move and the opening of our new store on Kauai, we never really looked through the dozens of recipes.

Madam Pele’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Madam Pele

You may not think about Hot Chocolate and Hawaii in the same thought. After all, we live in a warm sunny climate in which very few days invoke the need to warm from the inside. Still, we grow chocolate in Hawaii, and we are the home of the fiery goddess, Madam Pele. We can not think of a better way to warm up and call upon the spirit of Madam Pele then to blend Hawaiian grown chocolate with the right mix of heat. Our tribute to the Fire Goddess! We also think espresso and chocolate go together like Hawaii and rainbows. We recommend Kona coffee but you can use any good dark espresso blend you prefer.

Is Chocolate Really Good for You?


More and more research studies are finding links between chocolate and various health related benefits. Customers visiting our chocolate shop ask about healthy chocolate often, but seem to be confused about what type of chocolate may have some health benefits, and many do not understand or even believe chocolate may be good for you. We all know chocolate makes us feel good and smile and brings on a sense of happiness and contentment. Chocolate is good for you if you choose the right type of chocolate and eat the proper amount.

What is Gelato and Gelato Versus Ice Cream

What is Gelato? Many of our customers try gelato for the first time in our Kauai store. They often ask, What is the difference between gelato and ice cream. Additionally, people who have tried gelato before or who have heard of gelato at times have misconceptions about what gelato is and how it is made. On any given day, we get 100’s if not over a 1000 people in our gelato and chocolate shop and our best guess is that 25-35% of our customers will ask what Gelato is, how it is different than ice cream, and other related questions. To help understand what Gelato is and why it is better than ice cream, we thought we would provide some information.

First of all, Gelato means frozen (or at least most seem to agree on this) in Italian. Gelato and Ice Cream exist for the same purpose. Each was created to satisfy our desires for a cold and creamy dessert.

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