The New Bakers Dozen
Hawaiian Candy

The The Bakers Dozen: Hawaiian Candy
By Chefgbs (Chefgbs) on Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 10:41 pm: Edit

Hi all,

I have a strange request. My local bank is under the delusion that because I am a chef, I must know everything about food. Yeah, right! Anyway, they are doing a Hawaiian theme for Halloween. Why? Because there is a competition amongst the local businesses for originality and creativity.

The thought of all those tellers in coconut bras.....

But I digress. Anyone have any recipes for candies, not necessarily pastries? I'm pretty sure they want to make them and not buy them. I've found some, but I would like a few more.


By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 10:58 pm: Edit

Could you please digress some more?
What kind of candies?
Hard sugar?

By Chefgbs (Chefgbs) on Friday, August 23, 2002 - 07:58 am: Edit

Hi Spike,

At this point, I'll take whatever you've got.

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 12:33 am: Edit

I'll look this Sat. afternoon.
I'll get back to ya.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 05:26 pm: Edit

Coconut Cake and Coffee!!!!!!!
Lilo & the movie!!!!!!!

By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 01:06 pm: Edit

No seriously, if I find something will pass it on.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 03:35 pm: Edit

Book'em Danno!!!!

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 08:37 pm: Edit

cocoanut cake? Manny, put the drink down and back away slowly.
He's looking for candies..........
not cake.
ya can't have your candy and eat your cake too!
Latte' for me please.

By Corey (Corey) on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 10:41 pm: Edit

how about chocolate poopoo?

By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Monday, August 26, 2002 - 08:58 pm: Edit

OK, OK, seriously, how about bon bons made with white chocolate, coconut, and macadamia nuts? Melt the chocolate, stir in nuts and coconut and drop into little pretensious paper cups to set in the fridge.

Or...if you're doing a buffet, maybe try chocolate fondue. Yeah, it's been done, but people LOVE to play with the dipping stuff (pineapple, bananas, mangoes, kiwis for a Hawaiian theme). AT least I would love it. Just a thick ganache in a bain marie.

Just my humble offering. Have fun.

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 01:48 am: Edit


thanks for letting me share.
tommorrow i'll tell ya what i really think.....

By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 11:10 pm: Edit

Did ya just give on this thread? Can't say as i blame ya with such smartasses as us hanging around, but my last post WAS sincere tho a few days delayed. Let us know how your Hawaiian Halloween turns out. I wanna see witches hanging ten off of Diamondhead, bruddah!

Hang loose! and Aloha!

By Chefgbs (Chefgbs) on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 11:52 pm: Edit

Hey Chefrev,

Nah, I'm still here. I enjoy all the extraneous stuff, especially from our resident pastry dude turned actor. I do appreciate the ideas. I will be passing them on to the tellers on Thursday. Thanks again to all who helped and to all who just busted my chops!

To tell you all the truth, I'm much more concerned about those coconut bras than the damn candies!

Ciao for now

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 12:17 am: Edit

i think we would like to see the photos from that party. cocnut bras, yummmm.
speaking of coconut, why don't you take any hard candy recipe and just add a little coconut milk to it.
or pineapple.
or papaya.
also, not to long ago there was a discussion about pralines.
i think you could alter that recipe to include chunks of fruit. then maybe rolled in coconut.
how about papaya fudge?, or mango, or kiwi?
throw some coconut in it to help as a binder
i'm just throwing stuff out there...
and don't forget to style the food, very, very important. LOL!

By Pastrycrew (Pastrycrew) on Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 12:54 am: Edit

Dear Chefgbs,

Do these have to be all candies/confection or this with mixed in cakes/cookies etc.

Going out to the stores here I haven't found anything that stands out as Hawaiian Candy other than the stacked to the ceiling islands of chocolate covered macadamia nuts or it's caramel "turtle" cousin.

I guess Hawaiian candy then would be a candy made of things we associate with Hawaii. Things that really come to mind are vanilla, coffee, mango, coconut, pineapple, banana.

We make a lot of candies at work here. I imagine these Bankers will be making items in their home kitchens. I guess they could use a coating chocolate if needed.

Couple ideas. If anything sounds interesting, let me send you the recipes.


Version of Coconut Mounds Bar or white chocolate

Roasted Macadamia Nuts - coating - chocolate, Kona coffee crunch

Coffee truffles

Candied fruits - coconut, pineapple, mango

Macadamia nut caramel bar

Fruit Pate (pate de fruit)

Any types of fudge

By Chefgbs (Chefgbs) on Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 08:40 am: Edit

Hi Spike and Pastrycrew,

I am going to talk with them today to give them the info I have so far and to talk with them about their comfort level making some of these items. Hell, maybe I can finaigle a catering gig out of this. One cool idea I came across was candy leis. I will bet the ranch that will be the one thing they go for. I'll let you know how things go.

Ciao for now

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