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Hawaiian Hot Chocolate

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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15 m servings 445
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  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; 26.5 45.3 9.9 78 365 Full nutrition

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This is tasty, but wickedly rich and sweet, as well. For my taste, I will probably replace some of the half-and-half a bit with the milk, as well as reducing the sugar a little. There is a bit...

As it is this isn't my favorite hot chocolate recipe. I like it better with these changes: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp coconut extract, 1/4 tsp salt, and a tablespoon or t...

I didn't happen to have the coconut extract, but this is a fantastic hot chocolate recipe! It's easy and comes out very rich and creamy. I've made it several times with different ratios of milk,...