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Hawaiian Style Pumpkin Crunch

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Crunch

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe of the Holo Holo Charters ‘Ohana

Food is a huge component of social life here in the islands, right down to its many mouth-watering desserts!

For many locals, there is nothing better than island-style potlucks and family gatherings. Most gatherings involve food, and no Hawai’i meal is complete without dessert. The Holidays are a time to gather, celebrate, and bring out many favorite family recipes.

We at Holo Holo Charters would like to share one of our best local-style Thanksgiving-inspired desserts with you. We hope you’ll enjoy it with your ‘ohana!

Pumpkin Crunch

Yield 9×13” pan

1 can solid-pack pumpkin (29 oz)

1 can evaporated milk (13 oz)

1 cup sugar

3 eggs, slightly beaten

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 box yellow “super moist” cake mix

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup butter, melted

Mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and cinnamon together. Pour into 9×13” pan lined with waxed paper. Pour 1 box cake mix (dry) over pumpkin mixture and pat nuts on cake mix. Spoon melted butter evenly over nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Invert onto tray and peel off waxed paper. When slightly cooled, spread frosting on top.


1 package cream cheese (8 oz), room temp

½ cup powdered sugar, sifted

¾ cool whip

Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in cool whip, spread over cake evenly. Refrigerate, cut into squares.

While this is a great Hawaiian-Style favorite at Thanksgiving, it’s also an ono (delicious) dessert anytime of the year!

Recipe by our caterers: Rose & Bros Catering

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