The October Surprise
As the year has had its share of unexpected twists and turns, it’s of little wonder that Maui’s “October Surprise” arrived in September. It began with the murmurs; “did you hear Kimo’s and Hula Grill are preparing to open again?” We thought: could there really be Hula Pie and beachside happy hours again in our near future? While checking with friends in the industry and searching social media to confirm the rumor, we ran across something even better – a press release from the tourism board to the governor and within hours it was officially announced. As of October 15th Hawaii would begin their pre-travel program for transpacific passengers. FINALLY!!! So to answer the murmurs: Yes, our Maui loving friends will be able to return soon and yes, Hula Pie is in our near future! But just in case October 15th can’t arrive fast enough for our favorite frozen treat, we found a do-it-yourself option to hold you over. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Hawaii’s Hula Pie Dessert
This Island favorite is a mountain of pure dessert indulgence that impresses the heartiest eater.
- 1 9-inch chocolate cookie piecrust
- 1 half gallon macadamia nut ice cream (Seems like a lot of ice cream, but you’ll be piling it high.)
- 4 ounces chocolate fudge topping
- 1 shot of espresso or strong coffee
- 6 ounces macadamia nuts
- Whipped cream
1. Bring fudge topping to room temperature.
2. Scoop ice cream into prepared pie shell, smoothing it into a rough dome, or bombe, as high as you’d like.
3. Warm espresso or coffee and mix into chocolate. Use a warmed knife to spread topping even over ice cream bombe.
4. Freeze until ready to serve.
5. Cover top of pie with a layer of whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts before serving.
Can’t find macadamia nut ice cream in your local store? Just substitute good vanilla ice cream—soften it just a little and mix in chopped mac nuts. We actually prefer this option to store bought mac nut ice cream, as the flavor is more balanced and the texture of the nuts will remain firm, not soggy.
If you’d prefer to make your own pie crust, too, simply mix chocolate wafer crumbs (about a cup and a half) with a little sugar and about ¼ cup melted butter. Press the mixture into a pie pan.