While fall may be falling around the rest of the country, it’s still hot-hot-HOT here on Maui, and every day here is a perfect day for ice cream! And while there’s certainly something to be said for grabbing a pint of Ben & Jerry’s at the grocery store to eat on your hotel balcony (no judgment here!), Maui’s also a great place to calm the most serious of ice-cream cravings. Here’s where we like to go:
Island Cream Co., Lahaina
This relatively new ice cream shop in Lahaina can be found in the Lahaina Gateway Center. If your idea of ice cream is flavors, flavors, and more flavors, this is the spot for you! Prepare to take a few minutes just perusing their amazing creations for the day, and good luck making a decision! If you need to, there’s a six-scoop sampler bowl that you can share with friends! If you’re going this time of year, seek out their pumpkin pie flavor, or indulge in some of their local favorites, like liliko’i cheesecake, guava, or even coconut poi! Everything in the shop, from the ice cream to the cones, is hand-made, and you can taste their dedication to using only the best ingredients for their decadent desserts.
Lappert’s, Wailea & Lahaina
You can’t take a trip to Hawaii without making a stop at a Lappert’s location! On Maui, you’ll find them in both Wailea and Lahaina. This iconic Hawaiian ice cream brand was started in Hanapepe on Kaua’i, and now can be found on every island! Our favorite flavor is, of course, “Heavenly Hana,” a Hawaii-fied version of rocky road that features—wait for it—white-chocolate covered macadamia nuts! Lappert’s takes pride in each and every flavor that they make in small batches at their factory on Kaua’i, as well as their Hawaii-grown coffee served in all of their shops! For that old-fashioned ice cream parlor feel with a Hawaiian twist, Lappert’s is the place to be!
Paia Gelato, Paia
This adorable, light, airy shop located on Hana Highway in the heart of Paia is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon treat of freshly-made gelato. Their flavors change seasonally, but there’s always a gelato or a sorbetto (dairy-free and vegan!) to suit any tastebuds. Their stand-out unique flavor has gotta be the Liliko’i Quark, made with local liliko’i and goat cheese from Surfing Goat Dairy! Need a more serious dessert fix? Grab one of their pints to take with you back to your hotel, and enjoy it throughout your stay on Maui!