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Dole Whip is a magical dairy-free frozen dessert that’s shockingly easy to replicate at home while you can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom. All you need are two ingredients and a blender (or food processor) to make a copycat Dole Whip recipe that’ll turn your kitchen into the happiest place on earth.
Anyone who’s tasted Dole Whip knows there’s nothing quite like it. The pineapple soft serve custard was created by the Dole Food Company in 1986 and quickly gained cult status given its creamy, tropical flavor and incredibly scarce supply. You see, half the magic of Dole Whip is simply finding it. It’s only available at a few select locations, the most notable being Disney World, which only enhances its whimsical, summertime appeal. (Pro tip: Couple it with a churro and you’ve got the ultimate Disney dessert!)
Sadly, many of us can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom every time we crave swirls of frozen pineapple—even when the parks are open for business as usual. That being said, it is still possible to replicate the dessert in your own home. By following a fairly simple recipe, your kitchen will transform into the Enchanted Tiki Room in no time at all.
We’ll start with the ingredients, which may actually surprise you. Contrary to popular belief—and to the official Dole Whip recipe Disney released!—Dole Whip is totally dairy-free, making it an ideal frozen dessert for the lactose intolerant and vegans alike.
So if it doesn’t have any milk or cream, what does it contain? Beyond pineapple juice, coconut oil, and a whole lot of sugar, Dole Whip has a ton of stabilizers, including cellulose gum, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, karaya gum, and pectin. Most of these are what helps give it its impeccable soft serve texture.
While these probably aren’t lying around nearby in your pantry, do not fear! There are lots of ways to modify the original recipe for the home cook.
We’ll start with the simplest one. Gemma Stafford of the Bigger Bolder Baking blog has a recipe that only calls for two ingredients: frozen pineapple and coconut milk. That’s it! All you need to do is pulse the two together in a food processor or blender. You can check out the video below to watch the process for yourself. Yes, it really is that easy.
There are more complex variations of the recipe as well. Some recommend adding additional sugar or sweeteners like stevia, as well as lemon juice. A lot of the suggestions are dependent on the flavor profile you’re looking for. If you want to go beyond the classic piña colada taste, you can also throw in other frozen fruits like strawberries or bananas to the mix.
The Disney-sanctioned recipe uses frozen pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream.
Additionally, if you’re worried about blowing out the motor of your food processor or blender (not everyone has a $500 Vitamix, you know), you can use other appliances specifically made for frozen fruit custard purposes, like this nifty Yonanas machine. It’s designed to puree fruit into soft serve, so it can handle the toughness of thick, frozen pineapple chunks while only costing around $55. Considering Dole Whip sells for almost $5 at Disney, it’ll pay for itself in less than a dozen uses.
Or, if you already have an ice cream machine, you can even buy official Dole pineapple soft serve mix online and whip it up in your machine; check the Amazon reviews for tips on making it in small batches. Decidedly less healthy, but perhaps even more delicious.
Dole Pineapple Soft Serve Mix, 4.40 pounds for $27.23 from Amazon
This makes 89 servings, but YMMV depending on how much you can eat at once.
No matter how you make it or what ingredients you decide to include, one thing’s for sure: You’ll be the envy of all your neighbors this summer when you slurp down a sweet pineapple cone on the front porch. Your Dole Whip cravings will never go unsatisfied again.