What is Dole Whip?

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Disney Dole Whip wows even picky person (Photo: Bon Appetit)

Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream. It was originally created by the fruit company, Dole, but became available at Disneyland’s Tiki Bar in 1986. It’s now served at a few different locations in the park and also across the country, but pretty synonymous with Disneyland. It’s practically achieved a cult following as visitors to Disney will wait in a very long line just to get one on a hot day.

Dole Whip Ingredients

There are only a few ingredients needed to make this! Pineapple juice, frozen pineapple chunks, vanilla ice cream, lemon juice, salt, and sugar (which is optional.)

The real Disneyland Dole Whip is vegan now, made with a non-dairy creamer, sugar, and natural flavoring and coloring. But when Disney recently released their recipe to the world, due to the parks being closed, it was merely 3 ingredients – pineapple juice, frozen pineapple chunks, vanilla ice cream.

This at-home version uses real ingredients and is as close to the authentic flavor as you’ll get!

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes! You can swap out the ice cream with 1/3 cup coconut milk to make this a dairy free, vegan treat.

Recipe Tips!

You will need a pretty powerful blender for best results, since frozen pineapple can be hard to pulse. I love my Vitamix! Ninja and Blendtec will also get the job done. If you have a regular blender, let the pineapple thaw out slightly.

Convert the Dole Whip into a Dole Whip Float! Simply fill a glass halfway with pineapple juice, followed by some Dole Whip, and top it off with a maraschino cherry.

To get that iconic Dole Whip swirl, you’ll need to freeze the mixture for about 30-40 minutes, then transfer to a piping bag with a 1M “star” tip.

If you feel like your skin is getting a bit of freezer burn while piping, wrap a towel around the piping bag.

Not a pineapple lover? You can make it with pretty much any frozen fruit and its accompanying fruit juice, like strawberry, lemon, orange, raspberry, or mango, according to bellyfull.

There are different methods to make Dole Whip at home:

Method #1: Roll Up Your Sleeves (But Only a Little)


This first method has a few ingredients and tools involved, but the end result is delicious! Now this is the easy-but-not-authentic-but-still-vegan option. It’s basically pineapple flavored banana soft serve. But it IS vegan so if you’re looking to get closer to Dole Whip than the recipe Disney shared, look no further!

1 cup pineapple juice

1 banana

2.5 tsp confectioners sugar

1/2 cup coconut milk


Separate 1 cup of pineapple juice into ice cube trays and freeze

Freeze 1 banana, sliced

Combine frozen pineapple juice, banana, and 2 1/2 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar in a blender.

Cover and blend until smooth, gradually adding in your coconut milk and scrape down the sides if necessary.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

To start, you’ll need one cup of pineapple juice, poured into ice cube trays and frozen. You will also want to slice and freeze one banana (we put ours in a ziptop baggie).

Dump your frozen goodies in a blender and add 2 1/2 teaspoons of confectioner’s sugar! We mentioned this was a frozen SWEET treat, and this is where the real sweetness comes in! If your pantry is currently running low on confectioner’s sugar, we got you covered:

Finally, for the liquid, the recipe calls for 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut milk, depending on how thick you want your Dole Whip to turn out!

Blend this up and in seconds you should have a soft-serve sweet treat not TOO unlike the real thing! Except it’ll taste mostly like banana.


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Photo: The New York Times

Don’t got all the gear needed to make this treat? No sweat! We pulled some of our favorite tools to get you whipping in no time!

For the pineapple juice, you’ll need some ice cube trays to separate it out and freeze it!

Method #2: “Set It and Forget It”


This is the REAL DEAL, folks. It doesn’t get more authentic than REAL Dole Whip mix. The main ingredient you’ll need for this method of creating Dole Whip is provided by Dole themselves! They actually sell pineapple soft serve mix online. Note that these are larger bags, so be prepared to make LOTS of Dole Whip (which we totally endorse). The only other ingredient you’ll need is cold tap water, and that’s it! This is exactly what happens backstage at your favorite Disney Dole Whip location.

Follow the instructions on the bag and you’ll be on your way to pineapple paradise in no time!


This method of making your very own Dole Whip requires very little effort, but requires more unique kitchen equipment. For this method, you’ll need an ice cream maker.

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How to make Dole Whip? Simple Recipe
Cookie and Dole Whip

Candy Cauldron debuted a new Pineapple Cookie this week! It was super adorable AND tasty!

How to make Dole Whip? Simple Recipe
Dole Whip Sandwich

And because we love cookies AND Dole Whip, we thought making a Dole Whip SANDWICH with this Pineapple Cookie would make the ultimate duo!! We took this opportunity to grab some Pineapple Dole Whip from Marketplace Snacks, and put our creation together!

The first step to making the ultimate Dole-Whip-meets-Pineapple-Cookie-Sandwich was to prep the cookie by breaking it in half!

Then we added alll that delicious Dole Whip onto one half of the cookie!

How to make Dole Whip? Simple Recipe

And as we expected, it was a total match made in heaven! Since the cookie itself didn’t have super strong pineapple flavors, it paired well with the Dole Whip!

Not to toot our own horn, but we think this was a pretty genius creation. And as long as those Pineapple Cookies are around in Disney Springs, you can try it too! Stay tuned to DFB for all the best Disney snack hacks!

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