Hula Pie

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While watching TV last night with my husband, one of the ubiquitous Valentine’s Day jewelry commercials came on. This prompted our annual Valentine’s Day discussion. It went something like this:

Husband: Did you do anything for me Valentine’s Day?
Me: No. After knowing you almost 19 years, I’ve pretty much got you figured out.
Husband: Good…Do you still need validation of our relationship the day of?
Me: Again, after 19 years I have learned not to hold my breath…
Husband: Good, then that Tennis Bracelet will be a big surprise.
Me: (rolls eyes) Right…

Suffice it to say, Valentine’s Day probably won’t be all that exciting, at least for my husband and I. The kids however, will want to do something.

Ice cream sundaes or giant cookies have been our go-to celebration, but I think this year I’ll put a spin on the ice cream thing…and do an ice cream pie. The main reason? The weather has been so fantastic lately that it reminds me of our family vacation to Maui, and the Hula Pie we had at Duke’s. We were just reminiscing about it the over the weekend.

I have made Hula Pie, but not for a while, so Valentine’s Day is a great excuse. It’s also a perfect reward for a day spent getting my vegetable garden ready for planting because THAT, my friends, is how MY valentine shows me he loves me!

Hula Pie
Ingredients
1 9-inch chocolate cookie piecrust*
1 gallon vanilla ice cream (We love Loards or Alden’s Organic Vanilla.)
4 ounces chocolate fudge topping
6 ounces chopped macadamia nuts plus some for topping
Whipped cream

Directions
Bring fudge topping to room temperature.

Soften the ice cream slightly, and mix it with the chopped macadamia nuts. Scoop the ice cream into pie shell, smoothing it into a rough dome, or bombe. It needs to be 6 to 8 inches high in the center.

Heat a bit of milk, and use it to dilute the chocolate topping. Then use a warmed knife to spread chocolate topping over mounded ice cream.

Put the pie in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Cover the top of your pie with a layer of whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts before serving.

*We carry Nabisco’s Oreo Pie Crust, and also the Oreo wafers, if you’d prefer to make your own pie crust. To make your own, 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.

Variations
This is also amazing with Talenti Salted Caramel Gelato instead of the vanilla—and also Häagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream!

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