Obama with his Hawaiian shave ice. Inset: Filipino halo halo

Honolulu, Hawaii (Exclusive to The Adobo Chronicles) – Most people know that Hawaiian shave ice is one of President Barack Obama’s favorite snacks.  Without fail, he would have a cup of shave ice every time he’s out and about while vacationing in Hawaii.

Today was no exception. Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia were out driving in Kalihi and they stopped by Shimazu Store which sells Hawaiian shave ice.  As usual the president ordered his favorite snack while daughter Sasha ordered something else on the menu: Filipino halo halo.

Halo halo is like the Hawaiian shave ice but is more elaborate with additional ingredients that include sweet beans, coconut, jackfruit, purple yam, rice krispies and is usually topped with ice cream.

Sasha had her dad taste a spoonful of her halo halo and the president absolutely loved it.  He then dumped the Hawaiian shave ice and ordered his own halo halo.

It looks like Obama will be asking White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford to switch the official dessert to halo halo from now on. Comerford is Filipino American.

Michelle  Obama, who has consistenly advocated for  exercise and healthy eating, was not happy. A small bowl of halo halo has about 153 calories (and that’s without the ice cream) and contains 3.9 grams of saturated fat.


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