There is something so magical about enjoying a Dole Whip in the Disney Parks. But how do you get your fix in between visits? Ben and I scoured the web and there are tons of copycat recipes claiming to taste exactly like the stuff from the parks…so we put some of the most popular recipes to the test, including recipes from sites like, Epicurious, Tastemade and even the Dole website itself. None of the recipes we tried could quite hack the refreshing, pineapple flavour of the real deal, Dole Whip. *If you have a recipe for Dole Whip that we haven’t tried, please let us know if the comments below*
Some of the recipes even cheated as they had dairy in the ingredients. Don’t they know that real Dole Whip is dairy free, not to mention, vegan friendly? Others had banana in them, which totally overtook the pineapple flavour and, if you didn’t eat it right away, turned the stuff brown! Sure, you could argue that after a few hours of recipe trials, we did come across a few tasty, tropical flavoured desserts, but that wasn’t what we were after. If you’re interested in seeing our struggle, scroll to the bottom of the page where we’ve included a video of us trying 4 popular Dole Whip recipes.
So what do we do now? Well, we took the ingredients and tricks we learned from other recipes and spent some time in our ‘food lab’ trying to recreate the magic. We got pretty close, so we’re sharing the recipe with you. You can watch our video for more info, or if you’d rather read the recipe yourself, keep on scrollin’!
Ben & Julia’s Homemade Dole Whip:
Before you get started, read these quick tips:
- A food processor is the best way to blend this. Blenders or something like a magic bullet will work too, but it might take a little more time.
- Eat it right away! To keep the consistency of the Dole Whip from the parks, you have to eat it right away. If you freeze it and decide to eat it later it will be frozen solid.
- Some recipes say you can use almond milk instead of coconut milk…I’ve tried it, and it was gross. And that’s coming from someone who prefers almond milk to every other non-dairy milk substitute.
1.5 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup canned coconut milk (we used light, but that’s up to you)
1 Tbsp powdered sugar (icing sugar)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor (recommended), blender or micro blender (like a magic bullet) will do just fine, but might take a little more time. You will need to stop blending a number of times to scrape down the edges and stir it up a bit. To give it that soft serve look, you can pipe it into chilled bowls. Frozen pineapple chunks aren’t consistently the same sweetness, so you may wish to add more powdered sugar if your pineapple is too tart.
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So our recipe is pretty darn close, but if you think you can do better, chat with us below. If you do, we will sing your praises in our next Disney Vlog directly from the Disneyland Resort. To check out some of our other recipes or Disney craziness, check out our YouTube channel.