What is Crack Seed?
Crack Seed is one of the most popular snacks in Hawaii! These preserved fruits have a unique sweet and salty, licorice taste. The name “Crack Seed” comes from the traditional process of cracking the seed of the dried fruit to enhance the flavor. Many Crack Seed snacks these days do not include a seed. Crack Seed is also commonly referred to as “Li Hing Mui.” Visitors from the U.S. Mainland may find the flavor unusual at first, but any local Hawaiians will tell you that Crack Seed is something they love!
Chinese plantation workers introduced this treat to Hawaii in the 1800s. Since then, the line of snacks has greatly expanded. Crack Seed includes everything from dried plums and mango slices to gummy candies. Li Hing Powder is also used as a topping on fresh fruit, such as apple or pineapple slices, and on desserts, such as ice-cream or frozen yogurt.
Crack Seed is very difficult to come across Crack Seed at stores on the U.S. mainland. Luckily it ships just fine and can be sent anywhere in the country! Check out some of our favorite Crack Seed bites below!