Hawaiian Hot Chocolate

  • Recipe By
  • Published Sep 3rd
  • Ready In15m
  • Servings4
  • Calories445
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.

Hawaiian Hot Chocolate Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Hawaiian Hot Chocolate for 4 servings:

  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted, shredded coconut

Hawaiian Hot Chocolate Cooking Instructions

  • Prep10m
  • Cook5m
  • Ready In15m

To cook Hawaiian Hot Chocolate, you need about 10 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Hawaiian Hot Chocolate is about 5 minutes , and you can serve your Hawaiian Hot Chocolate within 15 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Hawaiian Hot Chocolate easily:

  1. 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. 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 grams of fat; 45.3 grams of carbohydrates; 9.9 grams of protein; 78 milligrams of cholesterol; 365 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Oct 11th 2017

    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 ...

  2. Jan 23rd 2016

    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 m ...

  3. Jan 6th 2014

    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 ...