And they could only pick one.
The answers surprised me, actually. One picked lemon squares with a shortbread crust. Another picked red velvet cake a la mode. Another brought up the lemon crunch cake from The Alley in Aiea. And another chose homemade custard pie — cold.
My mom would probably say New York-style cheesecake. My dad would pick my mom’s homemade chocolate cream pie. And Derek couldn’t decide between carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
I was surprised how much debate this simple question stirred. So I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter the same question. The responses — some shown below — were varied and, in some cases, incredibly detailed:
• Haupia sweet potato pie (Vicky Kometani)
• Bread pudding (Jolene Sasaki)
• Kaneohe Bakery’s custard pie (@KANtext)
• Chocolate tart with fresh raspberries (@staceyj64)
• Tempura ice cream from Restaurant Suntory (Scott James Bradshaw)
• Liliha Bakery coco puffs or mac cream puffs (@jmom808 and John Garcia)
• Chocolate souffle from Roy’s Restaurant (Tammy Mori)
• Zippy’s chantilly or dobash cake (Neil Yamamoto and John Garcia)
• Creme brulee (Sara Boaz Beaudrie and @handsofgold265)
• Sweet potato cheesecake (@toddgilleland)
• Banana cream pie (@hondad007)
• Tirimisu cheesecake with bananas foster sauce from the Top of Waikiki (@LHaloha)
• Apple tart at Le Bistro with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (Dawn T. Sakamoto)
• Panna cotta (Amy McMullen Lewark)
• Ben & Jerry’s hand-packed chocolate ice cream (Kory Young)
And that’s just a sampling of what people said!
The interesting thing: there weren’t many repeats. It seemed like everyone had his or her own unique dessert craving.
What’s mine? It’s not easy picking one — especially for me — but I’ll go with the malassadas from Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop. I just can’t get sick of those!
What’s your all-time favorite dessert? And more importantly, why?