We may as well nickname the Big Island of Hawaii “The Big Cookie Island”, as this now makes three AWESOMELY DELICIOUS cookies to hail from there.
As you’ve probably already tried them, there’s Big Island Candies Hawaiian Dipped Shortbread Cookies…
Dark Dipped Coffee, White Dipped Chocolate & the original Chocolate-dipped Hawaiian Shortbread Cookies
Then there’s Maebo’s One Ton Chip Cookies…
Both super onolicious cookies, right? Well, enter Mrs. Barry’s Kona Cookie world…
You might look at them and think, “Looks like any other cookie to me.” But do not underestimate the AWESOMENESS that are Mr. Barry’s Kona Cookies.
I tried 3 different ones from the 12-cookie sampler gift pack, including this here Coconut Shortbread…
And this here Coffee Crunch…
And this here Oatmeal Raisin…
And? OMG, again, just pure cookie AWESOMENESS! Super-duper crispy, like they were just cooled from the oven. Especially helped by the fact that each one is individually wrapped for freshness. Also noteworthy from a textural standpoint, is that they’re all very light and airy, not “doughy” or glutenous at all.
And each one SCREAMS what they’re supposed to taste like. The coconut shortbread, exactly as advertised on the palate, and so on and so on. It’s not like you bite into each one and have to guess what’s in it. You really, really TASTE what it is.
Add to that charm, there’s the caramelized sugar “burn” factor to each cookie, where they have that truly “fresh-baked” oven hearth depth and flavor profile.
Best of all, they’re not too sweet, nor rich tasting (at least not the ones I tried), where you feel like after one or two, you need to run 3 laps around Kapiolani Park. More like, after one or two, you wish you could eat the whole box all by yourself, they’re THAT addicting.
I can’t say anything more except, next time you go to the Big Island of Hawaii, make it a point to bring back some Mrs. Barry’s Kona Cookies as omiyage. Your family and friends will be absolutely delighted!
Huge mahalo to Diner JM for bringing back these yummy Kona Cookies for us. MMMMmmmm, COOOOKIEEEEEE.
What? Mrs. Barry’s Kona Cookies
Where? 73-5563 Maiau St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone:(808) 329-6055
Big shaka to (pros): Fresh-from-the-oven crispiness. Entirely distinguishable flavor. Nice variety. Individually-wrapped and nicely packaged. Great omiyage (gift) from the Big Island. Made in Hawaii (literally).
No shaka to (cons): Pricey (especially if you order online)
The Tasty Island rating:
(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)
• KonaCookies.com – official website
• Mrs. Barry’s Kona Cookies – Yelp user reviews
• Big Island Candies Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies – The Tasty Island
• Maebo’s One Ton Chip Cookies – The Tasty Island
• Maui Manju & Pineapple Shaped Cookies (Honolulu Cookie Company) – The Tasty Island
• Big Island’s Best: Holy’s Buttered Apple Pie – The Tasty Island