macadamia nut ice cream pie

High season for ice cream is now in full swing! At the top of my list of newly craved flavors is macadamia nut which is crazy good when presented in a towering pie topped with a generous drizzle of hot fudge and sprinkled with mac nuts! Known as Hula Pie, it is one of the sweetest cold Hawaiian treats while on the islands and is certainly a must-try. Both Duke’s and Leilani’s proudly offer Hula Pie.

macadamia nut ice cream pie


This ice cream pie is really not that difficult to put together in exchange for the ‘wow’ factor it impacts while digging into it. Perfect for a creamy dessert for family and friends! Mac Nut ice cream is hard to find where I live, so I make it with some home-made macadamia nut ice cream that is even better than store-bought.

But that’s not the only cold, creamy, or icy delight that you need to try when visiting the islands. Here’s a photo-tour of the other temptations offered to cool you off on a warm and sunny day in tropical paradise:


macadamia nut ice cream

a shave ice stand that we couldn’t resist!


shaved ice

mango, guava, and passion fruit with sweet cream drizzle! enough for the two of us!


shaved ice

digging into freezing cold shave ice


shaved ice

bright and colorful hand-painted signs in Hawaii


shaved ice

can’t forget to leave a tip!


shave ice

I fell in love with this 60’s painted mini-van! The painted wheel covers are just a hoot!


a surfboard used to display flavor offerings

a surfboard used to display flavor offerings




a tropical smoothie truck parked next to the shave ice shop



Ono Gelato - owned by a guy from Tuscany, Italy. It really was the real deal, with fresh Hawaiian fruit for flavors!

Ono Gelato – owned by a guy from Tuscany, Italy. It really was the real deal, with fresh Hawaiian fruit for flavors!



macadamia nut and lilikoi (passion fruit) gelato is “ono” (delicious) good!



a tempting display of genuine Italian gelato on the islands!



key lime pie

mini, creamy lime pies at the eatery of 3rd place winner Master Chef 2012



Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, owned by Master Chef 3rd place contestant 2012.



the farm-to-table movement is going strong at Leoda’s



chocolate shake

a rich chocolate, kona coffee, macadamia nut and caramel shake from Cool Cat Cafe


Now that I’ve wet your appetite for something cold and refreshing, here is the recipe for Hula Pie (Macadamia Nut Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Pie with Oreo Cookie Crust) from Duke’s or Leilani’s in Hawaii:


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Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Pie {Copycat – Duke’s Hawaii Hula Pie}

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For the Oreo cookie crust:

  • 36 Oreo cookies
  • 3 Tbs butter (plus more if needed)

For the macadamia nut ice cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts, unsalted plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tsp of coconut extract (optional)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For the pie:

  • 2 cups fudge topping
  • 23 cups whipped cream
  • Chopped macadamia nuts for garnish


For the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Crush Oreos in a food processor into a fine crumble, then add in 3 Tbs melted butter and blend until butter is incorporated.
  3. Pour the Oreo crumbs into a 9-inch shallow pie plate and press evenly into and up the sides of the pie plate.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes then allow to cool and then place in the freezer for at least an hour or wrap once cool and keep it overnight until ready to fill.

For the ice cream:

  1. For the macadamia ice-cream use a food processor to chop and grind 1¼ cups (of the macadamia nuts into a paste. Coarsely chop the rest of the nuts and lightly toast them in a pan. Remove them from the pan once they have turned golden (this can happen very quickly so keep a close eye on them) and allow them to cool them chop.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Using a rubber spatula gently fold and stir in the condensed milk until no streaks remain.
  4. Place the purée in a separate bowl and add in the vanilla and coconut extract if using and mix until incorporated. Then add half a cup of the whipped cream and beat or whisk until the macadamia nut purée is a lighter mixture making it easier to fold into the rest of the cream.
  5. Now fold the macadamia nut mixture into the heavy whipping cream just until fully incorporated and no streaks remain.
  6. Fold in the chopped nuts. Set aside while you prepare the bowl.
  7. Find a bowl whose 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 then transfer the ice cream into the bowl. Cover and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.
  8. Remove ice cream and Oreo crust from the freezer. Carefully place the bowl upside-down over the crust and pull at the plastic wrap until the ice cream settles onto the crust. Remove the bowl and plastic wrap from the ice cream. 
  9. Spoon fudge topping over the ice cream and spread it evening over it to fully cover it. Make sure the fudge is at room temperature. If you must reheat it – allow for it to come to room temperature before pouring it over.
  10. Freeze again until the fudge becomes firm.
  11. Remove from the freezer and cut into slices. Top each slice with whipped cream, hot extra hot fudge, and chopped macadamia nuts.


Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have a food processor just grate the macadamia nuts very finely. You can also crush your Oreos in a sealed bag with a rolling pin until fine
  • You can use store-bought ice cream if you like (1½-2 gallons- 1.42 L) instead of homemade. Just allow the ice cream (any flavor) to soften (not melt) enough to remove it from its container and use a mixer to mix it until it’s the consistency of soft serve. Then add the nuts and continue with the recipe as above.
macadamia nut ice cream pie and cold Hawaiian treats

“Mahalo” (translation: “Thank you” in Hawaiian!)