So these Malasadas are amazingggg and let me tell you all about it. I’ve lived here for a little over a year now and I’ve heard over and over again that Leonard’s Bakery was the place to go when you wanted something sweet in Oahu. Well this is very true. Leonard’s Bakery has been around since 1952 and has an awesome reputation for having delicious sweets, including their number one seller, Malasadas. You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is a Malasada?” Well Malasadas are these warm doughnut like balls with delicious cream inside. They have several different flavors and each month they have a flavor of the month. This month they have pineapple. Lilikoi (passion fruit)? Like seriously? I’m about to head back over there just to try it. Each Malasada is made to order so they’re each made on the spot and served fresh and warm, perfect for your taste buds to enjoy every last bit of it. (I’m drooling as I type this.) They don’t just have malasadas. They are a bakery and have several other treats and goodies to enjoy that are also amazing but Malasadas is the way to go. People from all over the world come here just to eat these delicious balls of amazing-ness.
Disclaimer: All opinions and experiences are my own. Citations are directly referenced to Leonard’s Bakery’s website. I was not compensated for this blog post but really did enjoy the delicious food at the bakery while sightseeing the island with my best friend Amanda.
I did mention that they have been around for many years, since 1952 to be exact. Here’s a brief history of the bakery. [This can also be found on their website.]
“In June 1882 the British sailing ship ‘Monarch’ brought Arsenio and Amelia DoRego from San Miguel Island, Portugal to Maui, Hawai’i under contract to work the sugar cane fields. Some 33 years later, their grandson Leonard was born. In 1946 Leonard and his wife Margaret moved to Honolulu with their daughter Diane, age 8. Leonard worked at Snowflake Bakery until he founded Leonard’s Bakery℠ in 1952.
Leonard and Margaret were no strangers to hard work, both coming from very large families. The bakery prospered. Not long after opening, Leonard’s mother suggested making malasadas for Shrove Tuesday – a Portuguese tradition. Although thinking it may be too ethnic, Leonard’s bakers complied. Malasadas were a huge hit. And, the appetite for malasadas in Hawaii was born.”
Whoever thought that a Portuguese deliciousness would be found so popular here in Hawaii? Well I don’t mind. I think they’re genius and amazing and I’m not complaining. I have my perfect bakery to go to every time I go to Honolulu. So if you’re ever on the beautiful island of Oahu, don’t forget to stop by Leonard’s Bakery and try their delicious Malasadas. You won’t regret it. You may even come back for more before you head back home.
Where to find Leonard’s Bakery
933 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816