Best buys and other tasty bits

Wednesday, March 4, 1998

By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
If honeydew melon is on your hit list of favorite tastes,
try a cold Melona bar -- a hybrid Popsicle-Creamsicle-
fruit slice on a stick.

Cool treat bears
the flavor of honeydew

Icy Melona is hot on the sweet scene.

"It's kind of like the mochi ice cream craze," said Koha Foods manager Danny Kim about the honeydew melon-flavored ice bar that tastes like old-time guri-guri. "If people try Melona, they love it."

Koha Oriental Foods of Honolulu is exclusive importer of Melona.

"I have friends who buy cases of that stuff from me. It's one of my best products, that is for sure," Kim said.

7-Eleven buyer Paul Takaki says that Melona is the hottest-selling item in his ice cream/novelty section.

Made in Korea, Melona looks like a pastel-green, single Popsicle. It's made of water, molasses, skim milk powder, sugar and melon flavor. Each 2.46-ounce bar contains 5 grams of fat, 4 of them saturated, and 19 grams of carbohydrate, including 15 grams of sugar. Price is about 79 cents.

The Binggrae brand comes in a lime-green foil bag and can be found in stores such as Longs, 7-Eleven, Daiei, Foodland and Times.

Best buys on the produce scene include Chilean stone fruits at Star Markets -- red or black plums for $1.49 a pound and nectarines for $1.79.

Or, hook fresh opah (moonfish) fillet for $5.49 a pound at Foodland.

Other produce bargains include green bell peppers -- prime for stuffing -- for 89 cents a pound at IGH (Independent Grocers of Hawaii) stores.

Beta carotene-rich kabocha pumpkin is 57 cents a pound to Sack N Save Maika'i Club members (89 cents to nonmembers), and 79 cents at Times Supermarkets.

By Catherine Kekoa Enomoto Star-Bulletin

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