Duke’s Hula Pie Recipe (Copycat)

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This Hula Pie has an Oreo pie crust, filled with ice cream that has been made with mix-ins, and topped with a frozen fudge topping. It tastes 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.

Hula Pie

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 old 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 is more widely known for being a dessert at Duke’s. Its real 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.

For those who don’t live in those areas, never fear! You can simply follow this recipe and make Hula Pie right at home.

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 haven’t had much luck finding it, so instead I make my own macadamia nut ice cream for Hula Pie.

The easiest way to make a DIY macadamia nut ice cream is to simply soften purchased vanilla ice cream and mix in macadamia nuts with 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 taste a hint of coconut. Unless someone who has actually made the ice cream for Kimo’s tells me otherwise, the coconut stays. Of course, you can feel free to leave it out if you prefer!

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 truer 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 ¼ 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.

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A large slice of Hula Pie with fudge, whipped cream, macadamia nut ice cream, and chopped macadamias.

Duke’s Hula Pie Recipe (Copycat)

4.93 from 13 votes
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Freeze time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 16 people

Equipment

  • Kitchenaid Mixer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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. 
    Oreo pie crust with a mixing bowl filled with macadamia nut ice cream
  • 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. 
    Softened ice cream in a stand mixer
  • 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. 
    A glass mixing bowl lined with plastic wrap next to a glass pie plate
  • 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.
    A frozen bowl of ice cream placed over the top of an Oreo pie crust to create a "dome" shape over the crust.
  • Remove bowl and plastic wrap from ice cream. 
    A large frozen "dome" of ice cream placed on top of a frozen Oreo crust in a pie pan.
  • 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.
    A large "dome" of ice cream in a pie pan over an Oreo crust with chocolate fudge topping spread over the top
  • 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. 

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 838kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 12gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 359mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 5gSugar: 69gVitamin A: 1020IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 350mgIron: 1.7mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. If you’ve been to Dukes, then you’re likely familiar with Chili Water. Any idea how to make their version?

  2. 5 stars
    Yay!! Thanks for sharing!! This pie is amazing & to be able to make it at home, makes it even better!! Can’t get enough!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

      1. Hi!
        I’ve made this twice now and can’t figure out how to stop the fudge from sliding down the sides. I’m not even heating it! Please help!

        1. Oh no! The pie has to be extremely well-frozen for the fudge to stick. What kind of fudge are you using?

          1. I’m also having this problem. :/ I even use Erica’s recommended family fudge recipe and chill it in the fridge for several hours. Otherwise, great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This pie looks so amazing, you were so lucky to have been able to buy a slice whenever! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh yum! Could definitely use a little slice of Hawaii at home right about now. I love that homemade hot fudge sauce over the top.

    1. 5 stars
      Going to a Hawaiian Luau. Can’t wait to let my friends try this pie. Love the flavors. Had trouble keeping the fudge from sliding down the ice cream so I gave it a drizzled appearance. Any suggestions for the next time would be helpful. Definitely will make again.
      Thanks

      1. Getting the fudge to exactly the right temperature is tricky, but it is key to the fudge staying on top. Next time, try freezing the ice cream for longer and then heat the fudge just barely enough to get it out of the container, but not so much that it melts the ice cream. So glad you like the pie!

  6. 4 stars
    Made this for a birthday party. Everyone loved it. Did not use the coconut extract. Made the homemade fudge, super yummy. Hard to cover the pie cause fudge so thick. I would make this again.

  7. 5 stars
    Out of this world delicious. My husband and I could not stop “taste testing” the ice cream after blending in macadamia nuts and coconut extract. COVID-19 delayed our annual Oahu trip to visit family, and this was the perfect staycation dessert. You nailed this recipe. I cannot wait to make it again it. In case it’s helpful, we used 2 & 1/3 tubs of Breyers French Vanilla–whatever was on sale. 🙂

  8. I just made this for my pricipal’s surprise birthday party on Friday. She goes to Maui every Christmas and raves about this pie. The ice cream and fudge both tasted yummy. I. Can’t. Wait.

      1. “It tastes like suntan lotion. You know when you’re putting it on, not when it gets in your mouth.” “It’s not as good as the original because there isn’t any ocean or sand here!” I think it was a hit!! The homemade fudge sauce is the bomb. I am never buying store bought sauce again.

  9. Too much coconut extract…I would suggest only half, if any at all.
    Tried the special homemade fudge, which was delicious! … I only used half of what was made and on the final product it was too hard and thick so it kinda ruined it, I couldn’t even cut the pie.
    All in all it was good but not nearly as good as the real thing.

    1. Oh no– did you let it sit our for a little bit before cutting? The fudge should soften a little.

    2. The exact same thing happened to me! The fudge recipe is amazing, but it didn’t handle being spooned onto my dome of ice cream well. It almost immediately hardened, which made it impossible to spread around while looking neat. We ended up having huge globs of thick fudge. Next time, I will just dollop fudge on each slice before it is served, see how that goes!

      Overall AMAZING recipe! Loved the ice cream. We even had the hula plate we bought from Duke’s and sporks—we went all the way!

  10. Are you sure it’s not a half gallon of ice cream? I used a half gallon and it’s just right I can’t imagine using a whole gallon, the pie would be 2 feet high

    1. Yes, it is a full gallon to make a full pie– just like how they make it at Duke’s. However, if you want to make a smaller batch and have an extra-thick chocolate layer, you can do that too!

  11. 5 stars
    Since returning from Hawaii in August, where we enjoyed the infamous Hula Pie dessert at Dukes, all other dessert options on offer at our local Restaurants in Australia have lacked to impress us.
    So I’ll definitely be giving this a try so we can get our Hula Pie fix!