So, I have always avoided trying my hand at homemade Dole Whip, even though it is my favorite of all Disney Treats. Why? Authentic Dole Whip is a nondairy soft serve dessert. It is made specifically as a mix for soft serve machines...In short: Unless you have the mix from Dole, and a soft serve machine, you can't make real Dole Whip. So, I've never tried any of the homemade recipes.
But then I started watching Disneyland's live stream of their new fireworks show and nighttime parade (both look amazing!!!). I've been looking at all kinds of pictures for how the park has decorated for the 60th anniversary. And, in all of that, I've gotten "homesick" and need some kind of Disneyland fix.
So, I decided to try to make my most favorite of all Disneyland treats: my beloved Dole Whip.
I began to research. What did I find out? There are DOZENS of different recipes! I started to narrow them down: I don't have an ice cream maker, so those recipes are out! I want to make and taste them immediately, so those that require hours of waiting and freezing are out!
That left me with the following recipe:
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 container Cool Whip
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 3 tablespoons honey (I subbed with agave)
- Ice as needed (I used about 1/2 cup)
Directions: Toss everything in the blender. Enjoy!
Yup! This was the recipe for me! So, in the blender everything went.
How did it turn out?
AMAZING!!!! Let's be clear, the consistency wasn't right. It was more of a smoothie. I put it in a freezer bag and tried to pipe it into cute bowls, the results weren't pretty:
Having said that THE FLAVOR IS SPOT ON! This is as close as you can get to a real Dole Whip in the comfort of your own home!
Now, the two bowls about was only about half the recipe, the other half went straight into my freezer where it sat for a little over an hour. Results: Consistency was the same.
So, I did exactly what I didn't want to do. I put the Ziploc bag of leftovers in the freezer and went to bed.
The next day, when I got my bag-o-Dole-Whip out, the consistency was way too firm. I let it sit on the counter and thaw for about 10 minutes, and this is what I got:
Big improvement, right!?! The consistency was more like a sorbet than soft serve. But again, it tasted like a Dole Whip, so I'm really not complaining!
Solutions for next time? Perhaps more ice in the blender to begin with...maybe the pineapple chunks could have been a little more frozen...maybe blend the pineapple, juice, agave/honey, and ice and then *fold* it into the Cool Whip. I'll have to try again soon.
But, honestly, for a first try, I'm considering this batch of imitation Dole Whip a rousing success!