Posted by: kauaikolea2 | June 2, 2011

Goody Goody! Time for Guri-Guri!


Memorial day tradtionally marks the start of summer, and summer means ice cream and related cool treats.  While most people know about shave ice (not “shaved ice”), not many people are familiar with guri-guri.  The name sounds odd and the ingredients odder, but take our word, gur-guri is goody goody.

Legend has it that early Japanese immigrant workers received this treat called “guri-guri” but were unable to pronounce the name so it came out as “goody-goody”.  It is a frozen concoction of soda pop and sweetened condensed milk.  To make at home, mix two 12-oz cans of strawberry guava soda,  one 12-oz can lemon-lime soda (something like 7-UP), and one 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk.  Stir vigorously.  Cover and freeze  for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and stir vigorously again.  Repeat the freezing and stirring steps at least 2 times.  Transfer the mixture into small paper cups (really small cups are best), and freeze until firm.  Eat, enjoy, and think Kaua’i.  (Note: if you cannot find strawberry guava soda, or if you want different flavors, use 2 cans of any other flavor soda.)

Let us know how your guri-guri emerges from the freezer!  And let us know where you have had guri-guri on Kaua’i.

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  1. I love shave ice and I must have some every trip to Kauai. Best to get it with macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom and then the ice on top. Anyone ever try guri guri? Where on island can you buy some?

  2. Oh, this does sound good… thank goodness for the discovery of gury, gury. Do you think I could use some lavender soda? I have never had it on Kauai, but I will be looking for it now!!

    Thanks for the tip.


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