Thursday, June 16, 2011


Bubbie's Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts has several locations in Hawaii. They are mainly known for their mochi ice cream.

My father and I split a scoop of pineapple sorbet and two types of mochi ice cream. We went with the original vanilla mochi ice cream and a sakura mochi ice cream (cherry-flavored mochi with vanilla ice cream inside).

Pineapple sorbet
Mochi ice cream!
Vanilla on the left, sakura on the right (both filled with vanilla ice cream)
The pineapple sorbet was delicious. Despite being full from lunch, this sorbet had a cool, refreshing feeling. Lots of pineapple chunks made for a nice texture contrast with the smooth sorbet.

The mochi ice cream was good, but didn't blow me away. I preferred the sakura over the plain vanilla. The sakura's cherry-flavored mochi was a nice local take on the ol' "cherry on top of vanilla ice cream" dealie. I'm sure there will be mainlanders that are not used to mochi in general -- let alone cold vanilla ice cream encased in mochi -- but I say give this a whirl. You may be pleasantly surprised. I appreciate that Bubbie's offers several options for mochi ice cream -- that gets some extra points.

It was about $2 for the mochi ice cream ($1 each). The service was average, I'd say. Not over-the-top awesome, but not horrible. Bubbie's decor is quite nice. You definitely feel like you've stepped into an ice cream parlor.

I'd give this an above-average rating. It is a nice place for dessert (or heck, even a midday treat like what my father and I did), and I'd give a positive recommendation to my friends to go here. But at the same time, I won't be begging or going completely out of my way to come back here. The mochi ice cream didn't leave me screaming "wow," and neither did the sorbet (as refreshing as it was). 6/10

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