Disneyland Paris fans have been in a spin for the past month as rumours flew that the quintessential Disney Parks treat ‘Dole Whip’ would be coming to the Happiest Place in Europe. But excitement turned into disgust when ‘Pineapple Whip’ was revealed instead. This imitation treat had fans up in arms- why would we want vanilla soft serve topped pineapple juice, when Disney has already got the Tiki-God of all tropical treats up their sleeves?
I’m sure there’s a bunch of legalities in bringing the real-Dole-deal to Paris, so while we all wait and huff and puff about it on the internet, Hollie and I thought we’d knock together our own version of the famous treat for her birthday. It’s super simple, and you can easily make it yourself. Have a watch of the video, and then follow along with the recipe below.
For DIY Dole Whip you’ll need:
1 Fresh Pineapple (Can be substituted for another tin of chopped pineapple, but this makes for better flavour)
2 Tins of Chopped Pineapple in Syrup
1 Tin of Coconut Milk
Let’s get whipping!
Chop your fresh pineapple into small chunks, and pop into the freezer.
Empty your tins of chopped pineapple, keeping the syrup, and place the chopped pineapple in the freezer as well. Put your syrup into the fridge.
Place your tin of Coconut Milk in the fridge. Coconut milk goes solid when kept at a low temperature, and we found this super helpful in our recipe.
Leave everything overnight to freeze and chill.
Once everything is suitably frozen remove both your fresh and tinned pineapples from the freezer cut them all down smaller. We found chopping your pineapple finely helped the blending process, resulting in a smoother whip. Add your chopped pineapple to your blender, depending on what style you have, you may find it easier to make smaller batches, rather than one big batch. We did about one cup of pineapple at a time in our smoothie blender.
You should find your tin of coconut milk has gone solid overnight. It’s a little weird, but we found it works better this way. For every cup of chopped pineapple you add to the blender add about 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut milk ‘paste’ for flavour. If you like coconut a lot, you could add more, but be careful, it can easily overpower the pineapple, especially if you’re not using fresh pineapple. If your coconut milk is still in liquid form you can still use it, you will just need to adapt your own measurements and add less syrup.
Finally add some of the chilled pineapple syrup. This will help the blending process and add a little more flavour too. We added about 50ml per cup of chopped pineapple.
Shake the mixture together, then pulse your blender a little, before letting it go for gold on the mixture! You should see it all start coming together into a smooth, whipped form. You may want to shake the mixture around here and there to release any chunks closer to the blades to ensure everything is as smooth as can be.
Once whipped, pour the mixture into a container and place into the freezer to harden the mixture. Or alternatively, serve instantly.
When you’re ready to serve find the Tiki-est things you can get your hands on. We found colourful cups, straws and cocktail umbrellas helped set the mood, and we served everyone in little colourful shot glasses at Hollie’s birthday.
Just like at Disneyland, it went down an absolute treat! A perfect, refreshing, tropical summer delight! Enjoy!
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What do you think of Dole Whip? Worth the hype? How about Pineapple Whip? Have you tried it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
(NB: Our recipe is inspired by Gemma Stafford’s recipe that we found on YouTube though we made some changes that we think enhanced the results.)