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?
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.
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!
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.
933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
1926 South Beretania St, Honolulu, HI
Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop
46 Hoolai St, Kailua, HI
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'.
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.