Homemade Guri Guri

Homemade Guri Guri - closeup

May 27, 2022

Guri guri is a popular frozen treat found on the island of Maui. With its soft and slightly icy fruitiness, guri guri is a cross between sherbet and ice cream. It is a cold treat that is completely satisfying on a hot Hawaii day.

Where can I find guri guri?

The original (and only) guri guri shop is Tasaka Guri Guri on Maui. It is a family-owned shop that has existed for over a century. The guri guri usually comes in two flavors – pineapple and strawberry – although occasionally they make limited edition flavors like lilikoi.

Guri guri is one of the OG omiyage from Maui.

Homemade Guri Guri - overhead view

A Japanese tradition adopted by Hawaii locals

Omiyage translates as “souvenir” but as practiced in Hawaii it means to bring back gifts for family, friends, or coworkers. These gifts are often local or regional food specialties, things that can only be found on a specific island.

If you travel interisland, you will often see local residents carrying some type of food item as a carryon. This can be manapua from Oahu or manju from Maui. And, although it’s not a “local” product, people often carry boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts from the sole Hawaii location on Maui.

Guri guri is one of those products only found on Maui and is often carried to a neighbor island. You can order quarts of guri guri to take with you on the airplane and the shop will pack it in insulated bags, ready for travel.

Two bowls of homemade guri guri

If you can’t fly to Maui …

Since a quick trip to another island is not practical, making guri guri at home is the answer. It’s not exactly like what you would get at Tasaka – how can you beat a family recipe and over a century of experience – but it’s a reasonable substitute to satisfy your craving. It’s a cool, fruity treat to help you cool off on a hot Hawaii day.

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Homemade Guri Guri - closeup

Homemade Guri Guri

  • Author: She’s Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x


This is a homemade version of a popular frozen treat found on Maui. It is the perfect cool treat for a hot summer day. Strawberry is one of the traditional flavors, but feel free to substitute your favorite fruity soda.



2 12-ounce cans strawberry soda

1 12-ounce can lemon lime soda

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup heavy cream


In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and the heavy cream. Gently add the sodas, being careful as the mixture will foam up. Mix well.

If you have an ice cream machine, you could place the mixture in the machine and freeze it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Otherwise, place the mixture in a freezer container that will allow for some expansion as the mixture freezes. Mixture should be frozen for at least 6-8 hours. To maintain a soft serve texture, mix every hour after the first 2 hours.


Nutritional information calculated using The Recipes Generator

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Inactive Time: 6 hours
  • Category: dessert, ice cream
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 139.7
  • Sugar: 24.45 g.
  • Sodium: 48.86 mg.
  • Fat: 4 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 2.54 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 24.64 g.
  • Fiber: 0 g.
  • Protein: 2.38 g.
  • Cholesterol: 14.44 g.

Keywords: strawberry, Hawaii, frozen treat

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  1. Noella Knight

    I love Guri Guri ice cream, from Maui Mall. Now I can make for my grandchildren n my self too! Love Guri Guri , miss it now since I live on the Big Island, Now I’m Happy I can make my own Guri Guri n try different flavor. Strawberry n Orange are great.

    • Julie

      I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it turns out.


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