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. 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, 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 above 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.
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 specifically made to puree fruit into soft serve, so it can handle the toughness of thick, frozen pineapple chunks while only costing around $40. Considering Dole Whip sells for $4.49 at Disney, it’ll pay for itself after about 10 uses.
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.
Header image courtesy of Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking.