Anyone who lives in Hawaii knows about guri-guri. The phrase guri-guri is thought to orginate during the Hawaii's plantation days (starting in the late 1890s). This treat was supposedly sold to Japanese plantation workers as "goodie-goodie", who pronounced this as "guri-guri". The name stuck and here we are.
Guri-guri is a treat that's a hybrid, a cross between sherbert and ice cream, and it's so delicious. Years ago, I used to frequent a shop near the old Honolulu Stadium that served guri-guri. That shop, along with so many other favorite eating spots are now but a memory. The most popular shop in all of Hawaii must be Tasaka Guri-Guri at the Maui Mall. Whenever I visit Maui, this is the one thing everyone asks me to bring back as omiyage (gifts).
Several years ago, my grandfather shared this recipe for guri-guri with me. While not the same as the guri-guri that you'll find at Tasaka's, this is good enough to satisfy my craving. For those of you in the states and beyond, try this. I'm sure you'll like it.
By the way, this is going to be THE easiest dessert you've ever made.
2 cans (12 ounce) strawberry guava juice*
1 can (12 ounce) 7 UP®
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir vigorously. Freeze for about 1-2 hours, remove from freezer and stir vigorously again (repeat at least twice). Transfer to individual serving containers and freeze until firm, minimum 8 hours (preferrably one day or longer).
-Instead of strawberry guava juice, you can use any flavor of soda or juice of your choosing. When choosing your base flavor, just remember that it will be combined with condensed milk.
-If you want, you can also use an ice cream maker. If so, you won't need to re-stir this after partial freezing.
This guri-guri is enough to beat the heat and makes for a refreshing treat on a hot and humid day. The sweet, creamy flavor is what makes this distinctive and delicious.