Butlers, forced by billionaires to mash piles of fruit by hand, invented blenders to prevent carpal tunnel and subsequent demotion to human towel rack. Reap the benefits of their creation with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Hawaiian coffee, fresh fruit smoothies, and specialty drinks at Maui Wowi. The deal is redeemable at one of four Minneapolis-area locations—Burnsville, Woodbury, the Maplewood Mall, or Roseville.
Maui Wowi's authentic Hawaiian products add an island infusion to each menu item, from its fresh fruit smoothies to the hot, steaming Kona-blend espressos. Pack your fruit receptors with a smoothie such as the Island Favorite passion-papaya. Or try one of the blends of the day, such as the formerly featured Hawaiian Dreamsicle (mango-orange and piña colada) ($3.89–$6.89). Each Maui Wowi smoothie is made with fresh fruit puree and fruit juices, non-fat yogurt cultures, and a banana for a creamy texture free from fat and alien oil. Maui Wowi's secret recipe for homemade yogurt is nonfat and made from hormone-free milk, with a full load of calcium and probiotics. Blend up the best of both worlds with a cappuccino smoothie (Kona coffee blended with non-fat yogurt and ice), which comes in super-chilled flavors such as mocha banana or caramel coconut cappuccino ($4.29–$7.29). Keep your metabolism running hot with an authentic Hawaiian coffee (Kona, Molokai, or Kauai, $1.75–$2.25) or espresso drink, such as the nutty Hawaiian latte, a concoction of espresso and milk with almond, hazelnut, and macadamia ($2.85–$3.85; available iced).
Maui Wowi's franchises have won awards for their frosty deliciousness, making the smootherie a recommended destination for any sub-zero craving. Sail your land-ship to port for a morning caffeine fix, a midday smoothie, or a sundown coffeesmoothiefrostytreat.
- For an indulgence, we liked the Maui Wowi smoothie. It was cheap, it was sugary, and yes, we're easily amused by two-toned drinks. (Next time, we're definitely getting the tiki cup. – Lisa Gulya, City Pages