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If you’re from Hawaii, you know about Guri Guri – Hawaiian Ice Cream. The best way for me to describe Guri Guri is if a slushie and ice cream had a baby, the product would be Guri Guri. It’s a creamy delight that is a perfect dessert for the hot summer days. Plus, it’s super easy to make, takes only three ingredients, and you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker. Winner!
Guri Guri was first invented in Japan by Jokichi Tasaka in the early 1900’s. His son, Gunji Tasaka brought the recipe to Maui from Japan and sold this treat to Japanese plantation workers. The treat was originally called “goodie goodie”, but the older Japanese couldn’t pronounce it properly and the name was later changed to “guri guri”. Since its popularity, the family opened up a shop that did extremely well. The shop has since moved around several times and is now located in Kahului, Maui where it is still a destination stop for locals and tourists after a day at the beach. The Tasaka Guri Guri store only serves two flavors: strawberry and pineapple.
I honestly can’t remember the first time I ate Guri Guri – Hawaiian Ice Cream, but I’m pretty sure my first time wasn’t on Maui. While the recipe for the Tasaka Guri Guri is a family secret, similar recipes can be found in small mom and pop stores all over the islands.
Some recipes will use flavored soda and others will use canned juice, but the key ingredients are the 7 Up and condensed milk. What flavors will you try?
Update 08/01/2014: I used a small can of crushed pineapple and added just enough pineapple juice to equal 24oz. total, a can of 7Up, and condensed milk. The crushed pineapple adds a little bit of texture and my hubby loves this flavor the best.
Tip: The condensed milk will tend to settle, so while you don’t have to mix the mixture half way through the freezing process, it does help distribute the condensed milk more evenly (best to mix it). If you forget to mix it, don’t worry. The mix will be soft enough to mix when frozen.
Guri Guri – Hawaiian Ice Cream
- 2 (12oz) cans Strawberry Soda
- 1 (12oz) can 7 Up Soda
- 1 (14oz) can Condensed Milk