Hawaiian Snack Foods for Kids


It can be difficult to get children to try exotic foods. Hawaiian food, however, is a different story. Not only does it have the sweet and tangy flavors that children love, it often comes in a familiar form, such hot dogs, grilled chicken and pudding. In addition, if these snacks aren't available in your local stores, they're simple to make or you can order them online.

Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs

  • The Hawaiian-style hot dog was created by an eatery called Puka Dog in Kauai. In this version, the buns wrap completely around the hot dogs and are filled with a variety of tropical sauces, mustards and fruit relishes. Many of the flavors are from plants native to Kauai. Although Puka Dog is located only in Hawaii, all of its sauces can be ordered online. Serving this snack to kids is a great way to give the run-of-the-mill hot dog some island flair.

Huli-huli Chicken

  • Huli-huli is a traditional Hawaiian marinade that's usually made of soy sauce, ginger and pineapple juice. It's most commonly used to coat chicken right before it is placed on the grill. In Hawaii, this dish is often served at outdoor school and church fundraisers and makes the perfect summer afternoon snack. The flavors are sweet and savory, but not too spicy. The chicken can be cut into bite-sized pieces to make it more manageable for small children to eat.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread

  • Hawaiian sweet bread is a treat that can be served as either an appetizer or dessert. It also can be eaten plain or as part of a sandwich. Like most tropical recipes, Hawaiian sweet bread has that extra kick of sweetness that makes it perfect for nibbling, especially for smaller children who are still forming strong teeth. The most famous brand is King's Hawaiian. If you can't find it at your local store, you can order it online from the company's website.


  • Haupia is a popular coconut-based Hawaiian dessert, usually served at luaus. Although technically a pudding, it is similar to Jello in its consistency and served in block form. Not all supermarkets may carry this dessert, but it's simple to replicate. The ingredients are merely coconut milk, sugar, salt and cornstarch and there are plenty of recipes online to consult. Haupia is a perfect snack for kids who love coconut and Jello-style desserts.

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