If you’ve ever visited Disneyland, you’ve surely enjoyed one of the best frozen desserts on earth. Yes, I’m talking about the Dole Whip! Each time I’d head over to The Tiki Room, I’d hope for a line—that way I could finish my Dole Whip in the amazing atmosphere that is Adventureland.
Dole Pineapple took over sponsorship of The Tiki Room in the early 70s. For a refreshment, you could purchase pineapple spears as you waited for your show to begin. By 1984, Dole had created the most amazing frozen dessert using their signature pineapple flavor – it’s like pineapple sorbet in soft serve form. Thankfully the Dole Whip replaced slices of pineapple in front of the Tiki Room, and today we have this cultural icon to remember our trip to Disneyland with.
I’ve created this easy, homemade version of Disneyland’s Dole Whip with ingredients you can find at any grocery store so you can have your own luau at home. Forget the lines, just pull up some beach chairs in your very own backyard and drift off to paradise. Without further adieu, I bring you my very own version of Dole Whip. I can almost hear José and Michael now…
I have made this with regular and vegan vanilla ice cream. I prefer using regular vanilla ice cream, the texture is creamier and closer to the original version, but it’s still not as light and airy as Disney’s since it’s not made in a soft serve machine. The addition of Xanthan Gum helps it stay creamier because it prevents ice crystals from forming while it’s in the freezer. This Dole Mix is most likely what Disneyland actually uses & gasp! 😱 it has artificial pineapple flavoring & stabilizers instead of real pineapple, but it still tastes great 😂
These cool cups are from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Downtown Disney, they have awesome appetizers and tiki drinks, you can pay a little extra to “keep” the tiki glasses, but they just give you brand new ones when you leave.