Who doesn’t love bread? It’s great for complementing refined meals, BBQ picnics, and sometimes, rolls can stand alone as a tasty snack. Nothing beats bread straight from the bakery, but if you are shopping for a delicious, packaged roll that you can buy at the grocer and will certainly be tops among picnic and party guests, family members and even you, you must give King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls a try.
King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are produced by King’s Hawaiian Holding Co., Inc., a brand whose Western operations are based in Torrance, California. According to the back of the distinctive orange King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls bag I am looking at right now (and have substantially emptied), the company dates back to the 1950s, when the Taira family opened a bakery in Hilo, Hawaii. Their sweet bread, which they say is based on a Portuguese recipe called “keeper bread,” made the bakery famous, and they have since grown to ship their baked goods all over.
The King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls are very soft, light rolls that are slightly moist and have a mildly sweet flavorful overtone. With golden-browned tops, the sweet rolls are a white-bread mixture which really do not taste too sweet or, conversely, bland. Wheat flour with malted barley flour is the first ingredient, and sugar is the third, according to the back of the package. The result is a roll that tastes a little like it was ever so gently laced with a bit of honey, but the flavor is so light that it does not taste as though you are biting into a dessert roll. King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls are decisively made for eating with meals, and their light, sweet flavor does not overburden the taste of other foods being eaten alongside. King’s Hawaiian rolls are best eaten soon after opening the package, because after a few days they can get a little chewy if not kept tightly closed in their bag (that is if any survive beyond a day or two past opening the package).
So you are probably asking what the nutritional expense may be from eating these tasty rolls. Well, don’t cringe, for you are in luck. The back of the King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls package indicates this bread delicacy contains no trans fat, and each roll has just 1 gram of saturated fat, 2 grams of total fat, and they even have 1 gram of dietary fiber (not bad for a single, 3-inch square white bread roll). At 90 calories apiece, you could fare far worse; only 20 calories come from fat. King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls are sold in 12-ounce packs of 12 and cost around $2.50-$3.00. Also, King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls come in 4-packs costing roughly $1.00-$1.50, depending upon where you buy the rolls.