Hawaiian Hot Chocolate


I created this drink from the memories of a trip to Hawaii, where I met my (now) husband. Surprisingly, it does get chilly in Hawaii, especially at night and in cold, rainy regions. This is a different take on the usual cold and frozen Hawaiian libations.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups half-and-half

  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup whipped cream, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup toasted, shredded coconut


  1. Whisk half-and-half, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium-high heat until cocoa and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat when mixture begins to steam, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk vanilla extract, coconut extract, and salt into cocoa mixture. Pour into glasses and top each with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Cook's Notes:

Can substitute coconut emulsion for coconut extract. Coconut emulsion pairs well with cocoa better than coconut extracts that I have tried. Likely due to less alcohol in the emulsion. The emulsion I use has a strong flavor, and recipes may need to be adjusted based on flavor and your preference.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut rum to each mug before serving to make an adult version of this hot chocolate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

445 Calories
27g Fat
45g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 445
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 284mg 22%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 528mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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