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The Starbucks Oatcake. Only found in Hawaii. And not even all of Hawaii. Only on the island of Oahu. Kinda neato, eh? I was introduced to these mysteriously ugly brown rounds by my friend Noelle. She would bring them into our high school newspaper office every so often and munch on them for breakfast/lunch/snack, or whatevers. I was intrigued. It took quite a while to eat, those heavy monsters. And they weren’t very attractive at all.
Then one day, out of sheer curiosity more than anything…I bought one. $2.25. Weightwise, I felt as if I were carrying 3 or 4 of their scones. I pulled it out and inspected it. Ugly. Moldy appearance. Hard. I couldn’t wait to dig in :)
And you know what? These things are awesome! Close your eyes and eat. Eat bit pulled off (I wouldn’t suggest biting a piece off with your mouth) is a bit chewy with the faintest taste of honey. Lots of nutty oats and the occasional bit of blueberry, but more often, dried cranberries. Blended with ground walnuts, it’s not too sweet yet satisfies my dessert and lunch craving. And at 500 calories a piece, you bet it’s a lunch! So add this on you list of excuses to come visit our little island: I need to go to Starbucks. And please don’t turn your nose up high. I like Starbucks. Besides, the oatcakes aren’t shipped over from some random place but are baked by our very own local Honolulu Baking Co. And make sure to visit early as they sell out fast – islanders are addicted to these Hawaiian Hockeypucks. Here’s comment posted by “MR” on the Starbucks Gossip post on the general crappiness of Starbucks pastries,
“The only Starbucks that has good pastries are the ones in Hawaii. Why? They use local vendors. That’s what all of them should do! They have a killer oatcake!”
Indeed. Why in fact, it’s caused quite a bit of experimenting on the part of Hawaii’s newspapers and local homecooks more than once. But after reading the recipe, I think I’ll stick with purchasing them!

19 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

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  • Madam Chow
    August 31, 2006

    I agree with you on the oatcakes. FYI, a local baker on Maui used to supply the independent coffee shops on the island with incredible oatcakes in the late 80s and early 90s. I used to buy them religiously because they’d keep me going for hours. Then they disappeared. Years later, they reappeared at Starbucks on Oahu.

  • RON
    September 1, 2006

    r u planning on carrying some oatcakes in your luggage for your back to college trip.

  • RON
    September 1, 2006

    oh, forget to mention that I use to volunteer at the Waikiki Community Center, and twice a week we use to pick up a 5-gallon tub or two of day-old pastries from various Starbucks in Waikiki, and Starbucks pastries always passed my own taste test (hehe), so I don’t know why the put down about pastries served at Starbuck. Perhaps, Waikiki Starbucks has better vendors for their pastry selection or something.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 1, 2006

    Hey Madam Chow!Thanks for the info – I had no idea! And to think I’ve been giving Starbucks credit for the recipe…sheesh! I’m sure thankful the reappeared though – quite satisfying and addictive. But I’m still befuddled as to why they don’t sell them in the neighbor islands or airports :)Hey Ron!Shhh…I’m already back at school (but am currently in denial! :)) – 5 oatcakes in the freezer and 1 in my tummy! Lol, agree! All the starbucks pastries I’ve had in Hawaii were pretty darn good in my opinion – but I’ve had some pretty yucky ones in this lovely city of Claremont, CA! Hawaii just seems to do everything better, eh? :)

  • anonymous
    September 1, 2006

    HI, I just randomly got into your blog. I am so happy to find that I liked most stuffs you reviewed. The popovers in Mariposa, the bakery in Kahala mall, and the oatcake!! I thought few people liked this one. I had it first time at the starbuck on Kapahulu and just loved it. Nice blog!! Keep on the good job!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 1, 2006

    Hi Sonia!Thanks for the comment! Indeed, bakery goods are just about the most delicious things in the world – I could eat a dozen of those popovers for lunch! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    September 2, 2006

    From the Charlie’s Angels movie:[one of Alex's muffins is embedded in the door]Bosley: What do you call this?Dylan: Chinese fighting muffin.Bosley: That’s not funny. A friend of mine took a fighting muffin in the chest; they sent him home in four Ziploc bags.Mmm… Chinese fighting muffin…

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 3, 2006

    LOL! This is Hawaii’s fighting muffin you’re looking at! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    September 3, 2006

    Even deadlier.

  • Kate
    September 6, 2006

    Wow, the Starbucks cake does look scary and heavy! You never know what your next favorite will look like.. It’s always worth a try in my opinion. Great blog! I’m new to it but will be returning often!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 6, 2006

    Hey Nguyen Le!Linking sounds good to me! New blogs are so exciting – going to check yours out now :)Hey Kate!Thanks for the comment! The oatcake is pretty ugly isn’t it? But man, once you taste it…that’s a whole different world :)

  • anonymous
    September 22, 2006

    We did not know anything about the myth of the lowfat outmeal blueberry muffin. Just an accidential contact in hawaii…. sold and eaten. suddenly felt in hard addiction to it.now, back in europe we recognized, that obviously it’s a long way to get those drug-similarities again. or better – there is NO direct way to get them again over here. So thanks to the internet we are also investigating in the secret of the receipe. unfortunately, meanwhile we (nora and I) moved from germany to france, making it even harder to find the single ingredients. Now we finally found dried cranberries at a store called “Leader Price” – seems to be an american outlet for white wares…the story continues.Raoul

  • Red Raven
    September 1, 2007

    Could these be the same kind of oatcakes I used to get at Coffee Manoa in the Manoa Marketplace in Honolulu??? I’d go there every day when visiting my cousin and she would Fed-X them to me when I went back to the mainland. Loved them!!!!!!! I’llhave to send her to Starbucks for a new shipment. Awesome they are back!

  • Diana
    November 27, 2008

    I worked at Starbucks in Hawaii for 4 years. I love the oatcakes! I’m now on a quest to try and recreate something similar, along with the pumpkin crunch pie.

  • anonymous
    April 8, 2009

    Having lived in SD for many years my “usual” is an Blueberry Oat Bar. Upon moving to HI and not finding them available I tried the Oatcake. The first time I wasn’t too impressed but after having it heated and handed to me I got hooked! Now I’m dying for one

  • shawnleary
    September 27, 2009

    Starbuck's Oatcakes need to come to the mainland already?!?!?!?! I miss them dearly.

  • Michael
    December 30, 2009

    Some additional info and a link to a recipeAccording to the link to the Honolulu Advertiser article below. "The center of the oatcake universe is the low-fat version made by Honolulu Baking Co. for Starbucks and sold only on Oahu." http://archives.starbulletin.com/2005/04/06/features/request.htmlA great date for a couple. See more suggestions at http://www.aplazak.com

  • anonymous
    April 30, 2013

    Actually, Years ago i was able to find oatcakes at the starbucks in the San Francisco Bank of America Data center's priviate employee location on 9th floor (cafeteria) I use to buy one for lunch and sit on the roof and watch the ships that passed through the bay.

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