Friday, May 31, 2013

Pineapple Dole Whip {Clone}

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When you go on vacation and indulge in something so good that you long for it even after you are back home, what do you do? You make it or at least, attempt to. That's exactly what I did after getting some serious hunger pangs for Disney World's Pineapple Dole Whip. For those that aren't familiar with this ridiculously refreshing treat, it's pineapple whipped to a cold and creamy soft serve consistency that's known for giving folks serious addictions. I speak from experience. So to get my fix, I went on my search to make that fantastic Pineapple Dole Whip at home...

It looks like I'm not alone and many others have been on their own quest for duplicating pineapple whip. Of course, nothing will ever beat the original but this one comes close in terms of color, flavor and texture. The main ingredients for this recipe is pineapple sherbet for the base with a tub of whipped topping to add some lightness and creaminess. A standard ice cream base with fresh pineapple would be too heavy of a texture since the original pineapple whip just melts in your mouth with a touch of creaminess.

For the creaminess factor, I learned that the original was non dairy. Well, to mimic that, I used a non-dairy whipped topping - a generic or store brand is usually available. I think the Cool Whip brand does have dairy mixed in, at least as of recently. Using non-dairy whipped topping would add the light and creamy texture that's fairly close to the original.

Although the base is pineapple sherbet, I wanted to up the pineapple flavor. To do that, instead of using just pineapple juice, I came across frozen pineapple juice concentrate. I used that in place of pineapple juice to boost that sweet, citrus flavor and it did - perfectly!

Lastly, for color, I added a little yellow food coloring to get that beautiful light yellow hue. You can certainly omit this if you want too.

It may not be the exact clone for the original but we think it's pretty darn close! Give it a try and please let me know what you think or what adjustments could be made to get us all a bit closer to Disney's original!

EDITED to add - Feel free to use other sherbet flavors {raspberry, lime, orange, lemon, etc.} in place of pineapple... and play around with other fruit juice concentrates like orange, lemonade, etc. And if you're feeling particularly thirsty, serve it 'float' style by filling a tall glass with pineapple whip and pineapple juice. Refreshment through a straw, I tell you :)

Pineapple Dole Whip Clone
recipe adapted from Disney Diner

1 carton Pineapple sherbet, softened
1 8oz container whipped topping, softened
1/4 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 teaspoon yellow food coloring {optional}

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients until everything is thoroughly mixed into one uniform mixture.

Transfer mixture to a gallon sized freezer bag; seal and freeze overnight.

For soft serve, using your hands, massage the freezer bag to slightly warm up the pineapple whip for easy squeezing out of the bag. [Snip a corner of the bag and pipe out the pineapple whip into your serving bowl.

Or, scoop out the pineapple whip as you would ice cream and serve.

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