Pineapple Li Hing Sour Belt, Honolulu

In Hawaii, many foods are transformed by the addition of a strange but wonderful powder called li hing mui, described on Wikipedia as “salty dried plum.” It is a powder made by grinding up preserved plum, and I believe it hails from China. This is a piece of candy some friends and I split a pack of on our way to the beach. It is called a sour belt, which I’m sure the mainlanders are familiar with… but what’s uniquely Hawaiian about this sour belt is that it is pineapple flavored (so delicious!) and is sprinkled with li hing mui (the red powder). This snack is available in 7-Elevens, Longs pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores all over Hawaii, and if you’ve never had the chance to try it, I suggest you do.

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