Disney’s Dole Whip Mix Is The BEST Recipe And It Delivers
I finally broke down and ordered a bag of Dole Whip mix (the delicious creamy pineapple dessert from Aloha Isle in Disney World). You may have searched to find the perfect Dole Whip recipe and although some that I have found are a decent substitute, they are not the real thing. So, once I discovered that you can order the Dole Whip mix directly from the same company that supplies Disney, I was stoked! It took me a while to justify spending money on something I could make myself but again, the copycat recipes out there do not even compare to the real thing. Besides, I had the perfect excuse. We were having an end of school year party to celebrate my son’s graduation from kindergarten. It was a field day theme and we planned to spend the entire day outside so what better way to end the day’s festivities in the sweltering hot sun than by cooling off with a delicious Dole Whip? I can’t think of any.
I placed my order on a Monday and it was shipped Priority Mail so I received it on Friday - not bad considering it was shipped from Hawaii. The 4.4 pound bag came with directions for a commercial grade ice cream maker and directions for a one quart home ice cream maker. My Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker actually holds one and a half quarts but I followed the instructions for the one quart. I followed the directions for the personal ice cream maker, but I was getting nervous when it didn’t seem to be hardening. I used straight water for the mix and used the full amount recommended. They do mention that you can substitute some or all of the water with milk or pineapple juice instead and also decrease the amount of water/juice/milk to make it creamier.
In hindsight, perhaps the water I added was not cold enough, but I was starting to worry that my first attempt of making the Dole Whip was going to go to waste. The only comfort would have been that I only used 11 ounces of the bag and if I would have ruined this batch, I still had enough for at least five more. After what seemed like an eternity, the mix started to freeze and I started to get excited. Would the Dole Whip mix really be as good as a Disney Dole Whip? My mouth was watering at the thought of it. It sure smelled like ones from Disney that I remembered- very pineapply.
When it was finally done, it did not harden as much as I would have liked, and it wasn’t as creamy, but the taste was OH SO GOOD! With the next batch, I am going to try less liquid and use milk and see if it makes it more creamy. (UPDATE: I made another batch and used all milk instead of water. It was much creamer and even better than before. I recommend using milk instead of water when following the instructions). Either way, if you do buy a bag of pineapple Dole Whip mix, you won’t be disappointed because it IS that good! This frozen delight was a huge hit at my house the day I made it. EVERYONE loved it - adults and kids alike.
I should warn you that Dole Whip mix is not cheap. It cost $23.95 for the mix and $12.35 to ship (it is shipped by Priority Mail only) for a grand total of $36.30. Pretty expensive for a darn frozen dessert now isn’t it? At that price, it is not something you would be able to keep on hand all the time. But…if you are looking for something different, something that will take you right back to the “Happiest Place on Earth” where you first discovered this frozen heaven, then I say “Go for it!” Buy a bag and whip up a batch for special occasions or when you are in the mood for something different and want to give your taste buds a real treat. It will be sure to be the best $36.30 you have ever spent!
*FYI* Mixing Ratio for 1-Quart Ice Cream Machines:
1. Fill a clean mixing container with 1/2 quart of cool tap water.
2. Add 1 and 1/3 cup (approx. 11 oz) of Dole dry soft serve mix. ***You may adjust the water or product amounts depending on your taste preferences (less water makes a creamier product).
3. Stir with wire whip until mix is completely dissolved. (approx. 1-2 minutes).
4. Add water until the level reaches the 1-quart line.
5. Stir again with wire whip until completely mixed (approx. 30 seconds).
6. Pour the mixture into your soft serve machine.
***You can experiment with the taste be replacing some of the water with pineapple juice or, if you are not lactose-intolerant, with milk or half and half.