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Dec 17, 2011 07:20 PM

leonard's vs champion vs other MALASADAs

i love leonard's malasadas, the original sugar ones. the cinnamon ones are ok, and i dislike the puffs with various custards inside.

so far i have not tried champions. are they still on beretania? what are they like?

also any others. i've gotten some at carnivals and they are ok, not as good as leonard's.

i believe leonard's has trucks at waimalu shopping center and waikele. are they anywhere else?

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  1. Is the Leonard's Jr truck connected to Leonard's?

    1. The Leonards Jr. Truck is the same company as Leonards, and I believe the Leonards in Waimalu shopping plaza is also a Leonards Jr. (the difference being that they pretty much just sell malasadas.)

      Champion are good, perhaps a bit lighter, and some people claim less oily. They also have some good mini-chiffon cakes - giant cupcake size.

      I agree with the original poster about the sugar original being the best, the cinnamon a nice alternative now and then, but the custard filled one not so much. It beomes something different, not malasada, but a different dessert entirely.

      1. Was just at Leonard's in Kapahulu during Thanksgiving while the wife and I woofed down half a dozen hot regular sugar malasadas sitting on the bench outside. That's the only way to eat it!

        1. The big 3 as far as malasadas go are leonard's, agnes, & champion in that order for me. Champion is similar in style to Leonard's (light and fluffy) while Agnes makes a denser, chewier style malasada.

          Leonard's Bakery
          933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

          Champion Malasadas
          1926 South Beretania St, Honolulu, HI

          Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop
          46 Hoolai St, Kailua, HI

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          1. re: killersmile

            ok, so the dog and i got to try champion malasada today. we split one and called ahead since it takes about 10 min to make. it was the same warm/hot temperature as the malasadas we get at leonard's.

            it was very much like leonard's. same consistency, a bit less eggy, and a tiny bit less yeasty. it is really good. i feel i could tell them apart in a blind taste test, but don't prefer one to the other.

            if i had to pick up a dozen, which would i choose? champion, and this is why: easier parking and cheaper in price (70 cents versus 100 each).

            however champion is not open late or on mondays.

            now on to try agnes'.

            1. re: indelibledotink

              I agree that there isn't much difference between Leonard's and Champion's malasadas, although I could tell them apart in a blind taste test as well. My co-worker prefers and always buys champion's. And you are right that it is cheaper and less crowded, making it more convenient.

              1. re: indelibledotink

                Agnes is also not open on Mondays, or open late.

            2. @ the honolulu city lights there was a single food truck sold out of malasada burgers. has anyone had that?

              i have never had a krispy kreme hamburger either :(

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              1. re: indelibledotink

                interesting. i can't imagine a hamburger with that much sugar... oh wait, so its like the cheese at mcD's... ic ic

                1. re: indelibledotink

                  a friend of mine tired one, he was decidedly unimpressed. Too soft, too sweet, just not 'right'

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    I saw/smelled that malassada burger at Takoakko Tuesday, just the aroma was horrible. No way I'd consider eating such a creation. BTW, K-Man Merry Christmas!

                    1. re: manomin

                      While a malasada burger does not seem right, I want to offer a Mele Kalikimaka to this board.