This Hula Pie is just like the original from Duke’s without the expensive flight to the islands! It’s like having a little slice of Hawaii in your home.
When I lived in Hawaii, my roommates and I would take the bus to Waikiki just to eat at Duke’s and get a big ol’ slice of Hula Pie. It was totally worth the trek across the island just for one bite! Now that I live back on the mainland, Hula Pie is a bit more difficult to come by. This copycat recipe is as close as it gets to the original without actually being in Hawaii.
The Original Hula Pie
Hula Pie actually originated at Kimo’s restaurant in Hawaii but it probably more widely known for being a dessert at Duke’s. Its true name is “Kimo’s Original Hula Pie” and it is even labeled as such on the menu at Duke’s. Hula Pie has become a fan-favorite around the world and people come from far and wide just to try a slice!
Where to buy Hula Pie
You can buy Hula Pie at any Duke’s restaurant. Duke’s has three locations in Hawaii and also three in California. You can also buy Hula Pie at any of Duke’s sister restaurants: Kimo’s, Keoki’s Paradise, Hula Grill, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Leilani’s on the Beach, and Jake’s del Mar. For an entire list of restaurants and exact locations, click HERE.
Macadamia nut ice cream
Macadamia nut ice cream can be tricky to find, especially on the mainland, but it is key for this recipe. I made my own macadamia nut ice cream by simply softening vanilla ice cream and mixing in macadamia nuts and some coconut flavoring. Now, some of you may say there is not coconut in the ice cream, but I am telling you, I have never had a macadamia nut ice cream that didn’t have a hint of coconut in it. Trust me, I ate a LOT of macadamia ice cream when I lived on Oahu. It’s my favorite. Plus, every time I have had Hula Pie I could definitely can taste a hint of coconut. Unless someone who has actually made the ice cream for Kimo’s tells me otherwise, the coconut stays.
How to make an Oreo crust
For this recipe you can either use a store-bought crust or you can make your own. I prefer the homemade crust because it seems more true to the original Hula Pie at Duke’s. To make a homemade Oreo crust, just take about 25 Oreos and blend them up in a food processor, filling and all. Place them in a bowl and add 1/4 c. melted butter and stir until well combined. Then press into a 9″ pie pan and freeze as per the directions below. That’s it!
Homemade hot fudge sauce
You can use store-bought ice cream topping for this recipe if you would like, but again, homemade fudge topping is SO. MUCH. BETTER. It has that amazing fudgy texture that I just haven’t found with the stuff in a jar. We have an incredible hot fudge sauce recipe that has been in our family for over 25 years. You can find that recipe HERE. We know you are going to love it! Trust me, it goes perfectly with this Hula Pie!
Where to find macadamia nuts
The cheapest place I have found macadamia nuts on the mainland is at Winco in the bulk bins. We were able to find them for under $12 a pound, which is a great price. You can also find them at Trader Joe’s for around $10 for 9 oz. I saw a container of Mauna Loa macadamia nuts at Walmart recently (4.5 oz) for about $6.
How to make Hula Pie
First, make and Oreo crust and set aside. Then, soften some vanilla ice cream and mix in a stand mixer.
Next, add macadamia nuts and coconut extract.
Then, find a bowl that will fit inside the Oreo crust when up-side down. Next, line the bowl with plastic wrap and fill the bowl with the macadamia nut ice cream. Freeze.
After it has frozen, flip the bowl upside down over the Oreo crust.
Next, Remove the bowl and plastic wrap from the ice cream and spread fudge over the top.
Freeze again. After it has frozen, slice into individual portions and top with fudge, macadamia nuts, and whipped cream.
- Prepare Oreo pie crust and place in freezer.
- Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften for 10-15 minutes. You do NOT want it to melt so keep a close eye on it.
- When the ice cream has softened enough to remove from the container, place it in a stand mixer bowl along with the dough hook attachment.
- Turn mixer to "low" and allow the ice cream to be mixed until it reaches a thick frozen yogurt consistency. Add coconut extract and macadamia nuts and mix for another minute or so.
- Find a mixing bowl where the rim will easily fit inside the Oreo pie crust (if using a 9" pie crust, find a bowl where the rim is under 9"-- remember you will be placing the bowl upside down inside the crust).
- Line the bowl with plastic wrap, spray with cooking spray, and scoop ice cream into the bowl. Cover and freeze overnight.
- Remove ice cream and Oreo crust from freezer. Carefully place the bowl upside-down over the crust and pull at the plastic wrap until ice cream settles onto the crust. Remove bowl and plastic wrap from ice cream.
- Spoon fudge topping over the ice cream "dome" (do not heat the fudge-- you don't want it to melt the ice cream. If you must heat to soften, only do it for a few seconds until soft enough to remove from the container) and spread evenly until ice cream in covered in fudge.
- Freeze again until fudge becomes firm.
- Remove from freezer and cut into slices. Top each slice with whipped cream, hot fudge (it's ok for this fudge to be hot), and macadamia nuts.