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Hawaii treasures – Spam flavored macadamia nuts

Monday, September 27th, 2010

spam flavor macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts are crunchy goodness. Spam is a miscellaneous yet salty yum in it’s own right. One would consider that entertaining either as a snack or gift buy from Hawaii was a good choice. But what if you can only fit one in your bags for the flight home? Which would you choose? (OK so this is highly hypothetical as I do realize they are both small packs). Fortunately for the space strapped packer, the solution has been had. Fear no more as there are now Spam flavored Macadamia nuts. First try yielded less than outstanding results. Basically they taste like macadamia nuts, but then again it would be alittle odd to have something that was more akin to round crunchy spam bits. Every so often there is a burst of spammy flavor as one grabs a roundish morsel with lots of spam powder. Or at least it is a guess to be spam powder. Could be that there is a whole factory of workers diligently rubbing macadamia nuts on sheets of spam, but that sounds less than appetizing. Like SPAM this treat will most likely be an acquired taste and not for everyone. But for those who love spam and love macadamia nuts, it will be yet another of those snacks on the “I can’t believe I ate the whole can” list…

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Haupia Sauce – Not your mother’s gravy

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

haupia_sauce_on_cookies In general, haupia is a pudding. In some references other combination of coconut milk and cornstarch have the same ‘haupia’ label. In this recipe it sits on the border of what could be considered ‘haupia’. It definitely smells like haupia, but without the same consistency, is it still fair to define it as such? Regardless of actual definitive terms, it was a quite tasty and different approach to any sort of desert sauce. Such a concoction would be much better served on pancakes or waffles, but cookies where what was available at the time. Even so, if one is a cookie nut ( no pun intended on coconut ) the combination of coco-nutty goodness and gooey chocolaty munchies was a nice combination. The haupia sauce added it’s subtle coco-nutty flavor  into the warm and creamy chocolate chunk cookie taste. Unfortunately the haupia sauce has the appearance of beef gravy from the brown sugar and vanilla, but if one can overcome this visual offense, it’s a great eat. Easy to make, and as stated previously, better on pancakes. Enjoy the recipe and have a haupia filled day…

Recipe: Haupia Sauce


  • Ingredients o 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk, shaken well before opening


  1. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add vanilla and coconut milk and simmer until thickened.
  2. Cook or medium heat until it thickens.
  3. Serve warm over pancakes or crepes.

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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