Today, July 23rd, the 3rd Sunday of July, is officially National Ice Cream Day, proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
In honor of this most deliciously cold ‘n creamy holiday, The Tasty Island Honolulu Food Blog hereby also proclaims every third Sunday of July, Hawaii Guri Guri Day. Yay!
Guri Guri, a.k.a. “Goody Goody” is most famously known from Tasaka Guri Guri in Kahului, Maui, where if you ever visit the Valley Isle, you absolutely MUST try it. You MUST!!! That’s the only place in the WORLD you can get the REAL DEAL GURI GURI, is from Tasaka’s!
Guri Guri is what some say is a “Japanese style Sherbert”, and Tasaka’s only has two flavors: Strawberry and Pineapple. That’s it. Classic!
Guri Guri has a very unique fruity, rich, sweet and creamy flavor and interesting texture that really is like a cross between ice cream and sherbert, hence, “Japanese style sherbert”. Again, you MUST try Tasaka Guri Guri when you visit Maui. Must!
With that, here’s a complete repost of The Tasty Island’s visit to Tasaka Guri Guri. Enjoy!
Just like you remember it, they still serve only two flavors: strawberry and pineapple. This two-scoop cup was a just $1.10, with more scoops of Guri Guri than that asking for not much more. What an amazing value considering how rare this treat is, added to that, the otherwise mostly high cost of just about everything else on Maui, save for a few more budget-friendly places I’ll get to later.
Here under the scoop of strawberry is a scoop of pineapple…
Ice cold ‘n creamy-fruity good, with that unique powdery, crystallized texture that plays tricks on you, as if a shave ice cart and ice cream truck had a simultaneous head-on collision into your tongue.
Here’s Henry Tasaka, grandson of the founder, giving a big shaka…
In that photo, notice the (amazing) price list, as well as the bags of Kitch’n Cook’d Maui Potato Chips on the front counter.
While those CURRENT prices may remind us of the good old days, one thing that many do miss that Tasaka doesn’t offer anymore is Azuki beans to go with your Guri Guri. According to the girl working there, Tasaka’s hasn’t offered Azuki beans with their Guri Guri for more than 20 years now.
Oh well, at least the original secret recipe of the Guri Guri itself is still intact and taste just as ono today as I remember eating it as a kid when we used to visit Maui way-way-way back when.
Tasaka’s one and only shop in the Maui Mall used to be open air, but they’ve since enclosed it…
Tasaka Guri Guri prices are currently as followed (choose Strawberry and/or Pineapple flavor):
• 2 scoops – $1.10
• 3 scoops – $1.65
• 4 scoops – $2.10
• 5 scoops – $2.55
Take-out containers are available in 2-quart sizes at $11 each, frozen (solid), and will keep for up to 2-1/2 hours out of freezer (best if kept in a thermal bag or cooler with blue ice packs). If you plan to take this on an aircraft, it must be packed properly for check-in, as carry-on is not allowed for this item.
Tasaka Guri Guri T-Shirts are also available.
So next time you visit Maui, if you haven’t already done so, put Tasaka Guri Guri on your MUST-GRIND list. Not only is it a delicious and refreshing treat to beat the summer heat, it’s an old school gem unique to the island of Maui that can’t be found anywhere else, making it that much more worth savoring every moment of each spoonful.
Tasaka Guri Guri
Kahului, HI 96732
P.S. Diner A’s wife’s homemade Guri Guri recipe!
As you know, Guri Guri is that delicious plantation-style “sherbert” made famous by Maui’s own Tasaka Guri Guri shop in Kahului in the Maui Mall.
There’s a number of home-made Guri Guri recipes floating around the web, all using pretty much the same or similar ingredients in varying ratios.
Reid over at Ono Kine suggests using two 12 oz. cans strawberry guava juice, one 12 oz. can 7 UP and one 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk.
While one guy on YouTube makes Guri-Guri using one 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk, one 12 oz. can of sprite (or 7 UP), and just one 12 oz. serving of your favorite juice; where in his demo’, he used POG (Passion Orange Guava juice).
Of course, the condensed milk is the key ingredient in what makes this frozen dessert unique and oh so good.
Here’s Diner A’s wife’s recipe:
Home-made Guri Guri
One 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
One 12 oz. can 7 Up (highly recommended; don’t use diet 7 Up or Sprite)
Two 12 oz. cans Strawberry Soda (any brand; note, she INSISTS on using Strawberry and no other flavor)
Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a sturdy mixing bowl that will fit in your freezer. Place in freezer for approx. 2-3 hours, or however long it takes to reach the point that it’s semi-frozen. Remove, stir thoroughly, then place back in freezer overnight. Remove and stir again until Guri-Guri reaches a “scoopable” consistency. Place back in freezer until ready for service.
I have tasted Diner A’s wife’s home-made Guri Guri before and have to say, while not exactly like the original Tasaka Guri Guri, it’s pretty darned close and really ono. Certainly passable for being home-made, with a very similar type of creamy/icy texture and also creamy-fruity, strawberry-good flavor.
Diner A noted that everytime they bring this to their family gatherings, the kids as well the adults quickly wipe the entire bowl out. So there you go, a guaranteed pot lock favorite right here with this home-made Guri Guri.
Reid of Ono Kine Grindz suggested in his notes that an automatic ice cream maker could be used to prepare home-made Guri Guri, which I think is a really good idea!