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What Is A Dole Whip?
Everything You Need To Know About Dole Whips
Dole Whip: "Dole Soft Serve Mix is a lactose free dry mix that is reconstituted with tap water and frozen down in a soft serve machine. Marketed under the popular Dole brand name, this unique product delivers an intense, natural pineapple fruit flavor, yet is fat free and cholesterol free.". That phrase - while being technically accurate - fails to capture the joy your tastebuds experience when introduced to a Dole Whip.
Imagine yourself miserably hot and humid - you dread moving because that'll just make you even hotter. Then someone (maybe an angel) hands you a dish of a cheerful yellow, softly frozen pineapple (flavored) treat. From the first bite, your outlook brightens while visions of hula girls dance in your head. Okay, that might be a little bit of over-sell but Dole Whips are just plain wonderful! My whole family loves them and we'll use any excuse to get one. Under the light of harsh scrutiny, they're probaby just another icecream-like product but just try telling that to the fans.
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Where to Buy A Dole Whip? - Where are Dole Whips sold?
I'm told that the Dole Whips mixes are sold to ice-cream vendors throughout the United States but they sure don't seem to be found on every corner. Please leave a comment if they're sold in your town. Here's a list of great places to try a Dole Whip.
- Orlando, Florida - Walt Disney World Resort - Magic Kingdom Theme Park - Adventureland Area - Aloha Isle. This refreshment stand carries both pineapple and vanilla Dole Whip. You can also get pineapple spears, pineapple juice, and Dole Whip floats here. If you're on a Disney Dining Plan, you can use one of your snack credits to get a Dole Whip. There are those - even in my own family - who get sprinkles on their Dole Whips. Sprinkles!?!? Yuck!
The floats have Dole Whip floating in pineapple juice - very refreshing.
TIP: If there are multiple lines, check to see which server gives the bigger servings and get in that line.
- Orlando, Florida - Walt Disney World Resort -Disney's Polynesian Resort Hotel - Captain Cook's Snack Company. The hotel food court sells Dole Whips but doesn't carry as many items as Aloha Isle, in the Magic Kingdom. No sprinkles here.
TIP: My family loves to buy a Dole Whip at Captain Cook's just before going out to the Polynesian resort's "beach" area to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the Electric Water Pageant (floating parade). This is one of life's simple pleasures.
- Anaheim California - Disneyland Theme Park - Tiki Juice Bar. Did you know that the Tiki Birds were the first Disney Animatronic figures? It is a quaint show and the line for Dole Whips is often shorter on the show's courtyard side than on the Adventureland side.
Do Dole Whips Come In Any Flavors Other Than Pineapple?
According to the manufacturer's website, the Dole whip mix does come in six flavors: Pineapple, Orange, Mango, Raspberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla. Disney sells pineapple and vanilla flavored Dole Whips; I'm not sure where you go to try the other flavors.
Does Everyone Like Dole Whips?
Strangely enough, there is a small minority of people who think Dole Whips are terrible. There are also some people who think Dole Whips are entirely over-rated - they aren't bad; they're just not amazing. I'll admit that nostalgia may be part of the attraction since many people experience these for the first time while on vacation.
Disney sometimes goes a little crazy around Christmas, serving Dole Whips that are tinted green or red and some people find that just a little weird.
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Dole Whip Ingredients
What is in a Pineapple Dole Whip?
Water*, Sugar, Dextrose, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Coconut Oil**, Stabilizers (Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean, Karaya Gum, Pectin), Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking), Corn Syrup Solids, Citric Acid, Sodium Caseinate (A Milk Derivative), Artificial Flavor, Potassium & Sodium Phosphate, Mono & Diglycerides, Artificial Color (Yellow 5 & 6), Soy Lecithin.
*This ingredient statement was written with water added according to the recommended preparation instructions. Product is sold without water.
**Adds a trivial amount of fat.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 80 per 1/2 cup serving
Calories from Fat: 5 per 1/2 cup serving
Nutrition: Clearly you're confused about the purpose of a Dole Whip...this ain't about nutrition. (there are trace amounts of vitamin C)
Buy A Bag Of Dole Whip Mix
- Buy Dole Whip from Precision Foods
This source includes shipping in the cost of the product (about $22) and seens to be the best deal. I ordered a bag, just to be sure it is a good source, and received my order very quickly and without problems.
- Order Dole Whip Mix to make at home.
A four pound bag will make 8 quarts (2 gallons) of Dole Whip and you need'll need a icecream maker to do it, but here's the place to order Dole Whip Mix. It isn't a cheap option - about $24 for the product plus shipping (from Hawaii).
Video Insturctions for Making Dole Whips
Here's a great video showing you how to make Dole Whips using the official Dole Whip Mix and an icecream maker.
Similar To A Dole Whip - A Couple of Recipes You Can Try At Home
It may not be convenient for you to head to Disney World for a Dole Whip so here are a couple of recipes that might get you through a Dole Whip craving. These include dairy products but they're probably more nutritious that the real Dole Whips.
DOLE WHIP (VERSION 1)
1 quart pineapple juice (Dole)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups cream
3 cups sugar
Mix the pineapple juice and sugar -- make sure that the sugar is dissolved.
Next add the cream and vanilla.
Pour the whole mixture into a 4-quart Ice Cream freezer container.
Add milk to finish filling to the "fill line".
At this point simply follow the instructions on your ice cream maker.
When the ice cream is ready you can serve it as is or you can stick it in the freezer for a while and let it set up a bit.
Makes 8 Servings
DOLE WHIP (VERSION 2)
2 cans (20 oz. each) DOLE crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
Drain pineapple: reserve 2 tbsp. juice. Set aside.
Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags. Store bags flat in freezer. Freeze 1 1/2 hours or until slushy.
Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended in large bowl.
Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour and serve.
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