Soft serve frozen dessert made with crushed pineapples, lemon juice, and lime juice
Photo courtesy of Kylie Healey
* This is not an official Disney recipe but rather a very close replication.
- 2 20 ounce cans Dole crushed pineapple with juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
- Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside.
- Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender or food processor container; cover and blend until smooth.
- Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags and store bags flat in freezer.
- Freeze 1-1/2 hours or until slushy.
- Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended, in large bowl.
- Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour.
Dole Whip FAQDole Whip Background
The Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft-serve type of frozen dessert originally appearing in Disney World and Disneyland but now also appears in ice cream and yogurt shops. Though a Dole Whip has the appearance of soft-serve ice cream, it really gets its texture from ordinary food thickeners. Precision Foods explains it as such: “Dole Soft Serve Mix is a lactose-free dry mix that is reconstituted with tap water and frozen down in a soft serve machine. Marketed under the popular Dole brand name, this unique product delivers an intense, natural pineapple fruit flavor, yet is fat free and cholesterol free.”
Does everyone love this frozen treat?
What types and flavors do they come in?
How much do they cost?
Dole Whips can cost anywhere between $3.99 and $8.79 with $3.99 being your basic swirl and $8.79 including a souvenir Tiki bowl.
What is the nutritional content?
The nutritional content of 1/2 cup serving of Dole Pineapple Whip Soft Serve breaks down as such:
How did it make its way into Disney?
In 1976, the Dole Food Company replaced United Airlines as the corporate sponsor of the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction at Disneyland. In the 1980s, Dole sought a new product that they would offer in Disney parks. The result was what we know today as Dole Whip.
Where to find Dole Whips
You can find the Dole Whip at the following locations:
- Aloha Isle – Located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom you can get yourself a soft serve in pineapple, vanilla, orange or swirl ice cream or get a Pineapple Float which is your Pineapple Dole Whip combined with pineapple juice.
- Pineapple Lanai – A window in the courtyard of the Polynesian Village Resort would be the new place to satisfy your cravings as the self-service machines at Captain Cook’s have been removed. The options include soft serve, a swirl, or a float. All can be served in a souvenir Tiki Bowl or Sipper. Also of note is that this is not a self-service location like Captain Cook’s so no more filling up your dish sky high with Dole Whip and going back for more 24 hours a day.
- Tamu Tamu – Located in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, this location serves the classic pineapple Dole Whip: no swirls and no floats. On the plus side if you’re an adult you can get a shot of dark rum or coconut rum in it!
Where in Disneyland are they located
- Tiki Juice Bar – Located in Disneyland, not only can you get a whip or a Pineapple Float but you can also get a Dole Fruit Bowl or just plain ole’ Dole Pineapple Juice.
Are there other Disney properties that carry it?
Yes there are! Here are a few more locations that carry it:
- Bleachers – Located at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, this location serves vanilla, pineapple and orange Dole Whips.
- Signals – Located at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, this location serves vanilla and pineapple versions. UPDATED NOTE: As of 9/2015 it has been reported that the Dole Whip machine has been removed due to constant freezing up due to over usage.
- Lava Shack – Guests can choose from Pineapple, Vanilla, or Pineapple-Vanilla Swirl at this location at Disney’s Aulani Resort.
Where else outside of Disney are they located?
Check out this Dole Whip Locator document to find more locations near you serving this treat. One of the primary locations selling this soft-serve sunshine in a cup is Dole Plantation three miles north of Wahiawa, Hawaii. The plantation started in 1950 as a fruit stand in the original Dole pineapple plantation. It has since grown to become a major Hawaiian tourist attraction as well as a tribute to the legacy of James Dole and his role on the pineapple industry. At Dole Plantation you’ll find the Country Store where you can find the “world famous” Dole Whip.
The following are listed as ingredients:
- Coconut Oil
- Stabilizers (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Karaya Gum, Pectin)
- Citric Acid
- Natural & Artificial Flavor (contains Pineapple Juice), Modified Food Starch, Malic Acid, Artificial Color (Yellow 5 & 6)
- Mono & Diglycerides
- Less Than 2% Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking)
It’s fruit flavors are vegan and has always been gluten free.
How can I make one like at the Disney parks at home?
If you really want a more authentic dole whip recipe like the ones served at Disney you can always do the following:
Step 1:Buy the Dole® Soft Serve premade mix like Disney uses.
Step 2: Buy a soft serve ice cream machine. This Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice-Cream Maker is a good choice. It is a fully automatic soft-serve ice-cream maker with a double-insulated freezer bowl. It produces 1-1/2 quarts of ice-cream in just 20 minutes; no chemicals, salt, or ice required. Also the handle makes ice cream swirl out like with an authentic soft-serve machine.
Step 3: Make the soft serve treat. One bag of this mixture makes about 2 gallons of Dole Whip. That’s obviously a lot to consume in any one sitting. So you’ll want to scale it down for your soft serve ice cream machine. The proportions to make 1 quart would be 2 cups of water and 1 3/4 cups of the dry mix. Fill a bowl with the cold water then add the appropriate amount of Dole® Soft Serve mix while stirring with a wire whisk until mix is completely dissolved (about 2 minutes). Pour the mixture into your soft serve machine. If you make 1 quart at a time you will have enough mix in one bag to make these 8 times. The case comes with 4 bags so that’s a whopping 32 1 quart servings!
Are there other recipes for the Dole Whip available?
Yes! There’s plenty more recipes out on the internet if you do a quick Google search for ‘Dole Whip recipes’
Go On a Crawl
If you’re familiar with a pub crawl you know that the general premise is taking a tour of several pubs or bars and having one or more drinks at each. I’ve taken that concept to the Dole Whip and created a Disney World Dole Whip Crawl for those interested. Sample the different variations of the soft serve treat throughout Disney World on this crawl. Whether it be the traditional whip in a bowl or one with a little alcoholic kick to it, you’ll come away a connoisseur of one of the most revered Disney treats. Each one on the list is slightly different so you can crawl your way around the world comparing and contrasting them from each place. Just don’t drink too many of the alcoholic variety or you may actually be crawling to get to the next one.