The classic Disney Dole Whip is yours for the making!!! This is the perfect summer dessert, sweet, refreshing and bursting with flavor. The best part, you don’t have to wait for your next trip to Disneyland to enjoy this amazing treat!!
Disney has released it’s Dole Whip recipe to the masses! That’s right, you can make this amazing frozen treat yourself at home! Dole Whip was first sold at Disneyland in 1986, and has since almost developed a cult following. People are obsessed with it! But I can’t blame them, it is pretty amazing. Disneyland isn’t the only place where you can get this tasty treat. Here in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, you can drive to the North Shore and get it at the Dole Plantation. That’s where I first experienced it. Some say it taste better here in Hawaii, because it’s made with fresh locally grown pineapples, literally grown just down the road. No matter where you get it, though, you will love it! But now you can make it yourself.
Obviously the key to good Dole Whip is a good pineapple. It’s been said that pineapples taste better in Hawaii. And they actually do! But it’s not just because your in paradise that they taste better, it has to do with the variety that is grown here. Most pineapples grown here in Hawaii are called “sugarloaf pineapples” and for good reason; they are high in sugar and low in acidity, making them super desirable for eating. But they are softer and more fragile than other varieties of pineapples. Because of this, they don’t ship well and are not exported to any other states.
HOW TO PICK A FRESH PINEAPPLE
Unlike other fruits, a pineapple will not ripen any further after it is harvested. So it is important that it is harvested at peak ripeness. Now unless you are growing your own, you have no control over when the pineapple is harvested, so you have to know how to spot the ripest one. The first step is to look for a plump and fresh looking pineapple, with fresh, green leaves on the crown. The body of the pineapple should be firm, not soft. The larger the pineapple the greater proportion of edible fruit, but size does not indicate ripeness or sweetness. Skin color is also not an indicator of ripeness. A pineapple’s skin can range from green to yellow. A pineapple can be sweet and ripe even when it is almost all green. I also like to smell my pineapple when I’m selecting it. A really ripe and sweet pineapple will have a nice sweet aroma. Once you pick you pineapple, the sooner you eat it the better. If you don’t plan to use your pineapple right away, store it in the refrigerator. It will keep better and longer.
This recipe really is as easy as it gets. First you’ll need to cut up a fresh pineapple and freeze the chunks for 6 hours or over night. When cutting up your pineapple, there is a core in the middle that is tough, be sure to cut that out, as well as cutting off the outer skin.
When you have frozen your pineapple chunks, add them to a blender or food processor, along with the pineapple juice and ice cream and process until smooth.
Serve in a bowl or glass. Optionally you can top with chopped pineapple and a dollop of whip cream. For an authentic Dole Whip experience, use a piping bag and an extra large star tip to pipe the Dole Whip into the serving dish.
Can I use frozen pineapple from the store?
Yes, of course. If you can’t find fresh pineapple or don’t want to bother with cutting up an entire pineapple, frozen, prepackaged pineapple will work. I will say this though…nothing beats a fresh pineapple. And if possible, I highly recommend using fresh pineapple for this recipe!
Some of the tools and equipment that I love to use are listed here:
Disney Dole Whip
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Cut up a pineapple into uniform pieces and freeze for 6 hours or over night.
- Add the ice cream, pineapple juice and frozen pineapple to a blender. Blend until well combined and smooth.
- Scoop into bowls or glasses and serve.
- For a more authentic Dole Whip experience, use a piping bag and a large star tip, swirl into the bowls or glasses and top with pineapple (optional).