Baldwin's Sweet Shop, located in Aiea, Hawaii, sells various local snacks. But their signature item is their shaved ice.
After a half-day of eating, you can imagine we were pretty full. So we split the "keiki" size strawberry shaved ice for $1.50 (yeah, it's the child size).
It only took me one bite to deduce that Baldwin's shaved ice was much better (in my opinion) than Matsumoto's. The syrup will be the same just about anywhere you go; it's the quality of the shaved ice that matters here. Baldwin's shaved ice was shaved much finer than Matsumoto's. As I've stated when reviewing Matsumoto's, I just prefer the ice to be shaved as finely as can be -- but others may not see it that way.
We went to Baldwin's at around 1:30 in the afternoon. While there was no line at Baldwin's (as opposed to the masses surrounding Matsumoto's in the early afternoon), Baldwin's does not have as ideal a location as Matsumoto's. Let's face it, a lot of people (especially tourists) head to the North Shore, not Aiea, for the sun, and Haleiwa is not too far away.
Baldwin's is not a dine-in place, just a simple shop for quick snacks and shaved ice to go. But at the end of the day, I prefer Baldwin's shaved ice over Matsumoto's. 6.75/10