I’ve talked a little bit before about how grocery shopping in Hawaii isn’t always easy. In fact, a “normal” grocery run requires going to no less than two stores. Costco is the cheapest for produce, (good quality) meat, dairy, and any paper products, but of course, you can’t get items like spices or specific pantry/household items (for example, a certain brand of an item) there so it’s off to the commissary, Target, or Foodland Farms/Safeway.
As you might imagine, this gets chaotic, so I try to minimize going a handful of places whenever possible, especially during the past six months. Enter: Amazon.
Amazon won’t ship a lot of different food items to Hawaii, particularly perishables, so the usual Amazon Pantry option isn’t always, well, an option. That said, there are a handful of foods that are way easier for me to have delivered than to track down on this island. Today I’m sharing which Amazon foods get added to our order..and why!
Amazon Food Items We Love
Marshmallow Nutpods + Pumpkin Nutpods – If you’ve ever done Whole30, you know about Nutpods. That’s sort of how I was introduced to them and they’ve been at our house ever since. Admittedly, I do buy other dairy free creamers for the in-between of Amazon orders. Fun fact: Even Prime takes about 7-10 days to deliver here, so when I’m not on top of my game replenishing our Nutpods supply, I DO enjoy other creamers like Silk.
Anyway, Nutpods is tops for a couple reasons. Namely, UNSWEETENED and still manages to add a little oomph to my morning cuppa, but also – seasonal flavors. They never disappoint!
Maldon Sea Salt – I discovered Maldon from my favorite food blogger, What’s Gaby Cooking, and I haven’t looked back. Come to find out, my mom said she’s been using it for years! This is flaky salt, so it’s great for just about everything….and especially on cookies!
Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce – Dane got this sauce with a burger he ordered on an airplane two years ago (it’s on the international United menu, if you’re curious). Since then, he orders that dang burger every time we fly and so it was necessary for him to have this “special sauce” at home. It’s not the easiest to find brands like Sir Kensington’s here, especially not for a good price.
Carrington Farms Ghee – I was introduced to Carrington Farms brand a couple years back when I really got into bulletproof coffee. This ghee (and the Organic Coconut Oil !) are the best for making bulletproof coffee dairy free and supercharged with MCT oil. If you’re into essential oils, the organic coconut is great for making DIY rollers.
Albanese Gummy Candy – I’ve talked about these gummies before, but I was introduced to them by my cousins who said – YOU HAVE TO TRY THESE! Listen, you don’t have to tell me twice to try a gummy candy. They are the only brand of sour gummy candy I’ve found that stay sour and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve eaten more candy than I care to admit in almost 32 years. The 12-bag variety pack is the best option, because then you can try all the varietals (sour and non-sour).
Gluten Free Flour – I’ve sung the praises of Cup4Cup for YEARS. It’s truly an amazing gluten free flour, because it’s a literal cup for cup replacement of normal flour. You don’t need to add any gums or ingredients to get it to “perform” like a normal flour would in recipes.
I like to order it from Amazon, because it’s always sold out at the stores I know carry it in Hawaii (Williams-Sonoma and Target) and it was starting to really irritate me off.
Birthday Cake Granola – My friend Jenny introduced me to this granola, because our Costco was carrying it for awhile. It’s delicious and the birthday cake flavor CANNOT BE MISSED. Just trust me on this one. If you ever ate Coldstone Creamery’s Cake Batter as a kid, this is like a sort-of healthier upgrade.
Primal Kitchen Mayo – Primal Kitchen was a brand I discovered the first time we did Whole30 and when I would go to the mainland, I would scour the stores for items I couldn’t readily get here. One of the items I really enjoyed is the Mayo made with avocado oil. I can’t even tell the difference when I use it in tuna salad (pretty much the only way I use it, to be honest), and I like that there isn’t any sugar added.
Chickpea Pasta – Finding Banza reliably in Hawaii is a toss up. Will it be stocked? Will the shelf be empty? It’s like grocery store roulette and I was sick of it, so I stocked up and have zero regrets. I like that this chickpea pasta doesn’t fall apart and the texture is consistent with regular pasta.
Amazon Prime Whole Foods
We are also really big fans of shopping at Whole Foods and doing order pick-up, or if we are in-store, showing our app for the Amazon Prime discount. We joke that Whole Foods is a bit like “whole paycheck”, but the Prime discount really does help and makes the journey to the store worth it, especially to get items you can’t buy at other places (like Jeni’s Ice Cream). We’ve even ordered Thanksgiving from Whole Foods!
Now that I’ve shared what pantry items we order from Amazon, I’d love to know if there is a go-to for you or your family?