Did you know that July 21 has been designated by Disney as Dole Whip Day? (It was news to us.) And whether you’ve enjoyed this treat at a Disney park or not, you can make your own take on a Dole Whip with the help of these do-it-yourself recipes straight from Dole themselves.
Since we are looking at the history of the Dole Whip at Disney, we can’t help but take a look back at the history of this iconic treat. Thanks to the Disney Food Blog, we know that the Dole Whip was first introduced in 1986. That is 10 years after the Dole Food Company actually sponsored the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Following the debut of the Dole Whip, it became an iconic treat for so many, in fact for some visitors it’s a big part of the park experience. And it is a treat that we still celebrate today, which is why we are celebrating with Disney and the Dole Company with these amazing recipes.
However if you’ve never tried one of these desserts you may not know what it is. And that means you don’t really know how to DIY it to begin with. So what is the Dole Whip?
Officially, a Dole Whip is simply a pineapple soft serve treat. But, we are talking about Disney, and that means that there are different versions that you might find throughout the parks. According to the Disney Food Blog,
"While both flavor and serving-styles can vary, when people think of Dole Whip, most conjure up an image of the pineapple treat served up swirled in a cup, or in a float with pineapple juice."
Celebrate Dole Whip Day with these DIY recipes
So how can we make our own versions of these treats at home? With some inspiration from the Dole Food Company itself.
Up first, let’s look at their DIY Dole Whip, a vegan take on the classic. Considering this only requires five ingredients, this might be one of the easiest creations of the bunch. So what do you need to make this refreshing treat?
In a blender, combine 1 cup ripe Dole pineapple that has been frozen and chopped, 1 ripe Dole banana that was frozen and peeled, 2.5 teaspoons of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of lime juice (we prefer fresh lime juice), and half a cup of unsweetened coconut milk. Combine everything in the blender for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add mix to a cup, then garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy.
It really is that easy to make your own take on the classic.
But what if you want to take it up to a whole new level of deliciousness? That’s where the Dark Chocolate Dole Whip comes into the picture.
Much like with the first DIY recipe, this take on the Dole Whip requires frozen fruits. However, for this one you need to have 2 Dole bananas that are already ripened, and that have then been peeled and cut crosswise into thirds before they were frozen. And once again, you will need frozen pineapple that has been chopped, with this recipe requiring 2 cups. Other ingredients that you need include a quarter cup of dark chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and this recipe calls for one cup of oat milk (we have used regular milk and we enjoyed it). This recipe also offers up a garnish recommendation of blueberries or raspberries.
In order to bring this particular recipe together, you will need to add the bananas, pineapple, chocolate chips, sugar, and cocoa powder to a blender and purée on high. Once the mixture is smooth slowly add in the milk. Divide up the entire mixture between four bowls and then you can garnish the way you prefer, although they recommend raspberries and blueberries for that fresh punch. For us, we are also thinking of throwing on a few extra chocolate chips.
The final DIY recipe is called the Dole Berry Banana Fro-Whip. And this is once again a berry delight. We should also point out that this recipe makes six servings.
To make this one you need 2 frozen bananas, 1 cup of the chopped frozen pineapple, half a cup of blueberries, half a cup of blackberries, half a cup of raspberries, 1.25 cups of unsweetened coconut milk that has been refrigerated, 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and shaved dark chocolate (technically this is optional, as is chopped nuts).
In a blender purée together the blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, blackberries, and bananas, along with the powdered sugar. Once that is all combined, slowly add in the coconut milk. Divide the mixture into four (or six) bowls and top with additional raspberries and if you decided on nuts or chocolate, garnish with that as well.
We cannot think of a better way to celebrate Dole Whip Day than by creating one of these amazing treats. Even if we cannot be at Disney, we can bring the Disney to us. Or at least that’s what we are going to tell ourselves.