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May 1, 2011 03:26 PM

Arare Crunch Cookies - Oahu?

Last year when we were here, friends took a drive up to the Haleiwa area and came back with a package of arare crunch cookies. I've been craving them ever since but really don't want to bake them myself (at least not while we're here on vacation...)

Does anyone out there know where to find them? I believe they bought them at the Sugar Mill store in Haleiwa. We're at Kapolei/Ko 'Olina and if they're around here it would be quicker than driving up North Shore.


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    1. re: flylice2x

      Dear flylice2x:
      Thank you so much for the link!!! My friend thought it was something that started with a "B" but couldn't remember the name.

      I see they have a location in Waipahu - we're in Kapolei so that's pretty close - I'll check tomorrow to see if they're still there and we can stock up on all kinds of goodies including those arare cookies...

      I love Chowhound!

      1. re: RWCFoodie

        We took a ride to Wholesale Unlimited in Waipahu the other day on the way back from Haleiwa and were we happy! When we walked in the door the aroma of baking cookies was irresistible to say the least! I never realized what a sweet tooth our friend has...

        I bought the Betty's Arare Crunch cookies and the Betty's Macadamia Espresso cookies, plus a bunch of crack seed, some made on Oahu. After dinner that evening, I brought out the cookies and even though we had just eaten a big meal and half the group is on a diet or just not eating carbs, they fell on those Mac Espresso cookies in such a feeding frenzy, I thought I was going to lose a finger when I reached for one!

        Wholesale Unlimited has 8 stores according to their plastic bag's printing. Plus their website: as mentioned by flylice2x above! Thank you again for the link!

        The ladies who work in the store are super nice and gladly provide samples...

        Oh, we went back the next day and I bought 3 bags of the Mac Espresso (12 oz) and 1 more of the Arare Crunch to take home, along with some dried wasabi squid, Petroglyph brand seaweed potato chips, more local preserved plums, li hing juicy mango, etc. Will report on these things when we get home and we sample everything...

        1. re: RWCFoodie

          It's expensive to order from their website (wholesale Unlimited) and get it sent to the Mainland (California). What I do is have my ffamily buy the stuff and send it to me or
          take another trip to Visit them. Good excuse. Their original store is in Moanaloa.
          I do this also for the Aloha Stadium Swap meet to get Hawaiian T-shirts and stuff.

          1. re: flylice2x

            All good ideas - we found out from a friend in the SF Bay Area (where we are) that there's a store in San Mateo (Takahashi's) that brings things in from Wholesale Unlimited and a lot of other island purveyors - expensive but less than those $$$ airline tickets!

            1. re: RWCFoodie

              Is this the place? Think I had lunch there once passing through


              1. re: flylice2x

                Yes, this is the place! I have to take a ride up there and see if they carry the Betty's cookies from Wholesale Unlimited. Maybe I'll bring him a sample of the Macadamia Espresso and the Arare Crunch cookies just in case he doesn't stock them, maybe I can get him to bring them in....