This soft serve pineapple dessert is refreshing and light and tastes like the popular treat at Disneyland.
I hope everyone is having a good start of the week. I’m unusually energetic for a Monday and pretty proud of myself for accomplishing so many tasks on my daily “to-do” list. Usually, on Mondays, I’m exhausted and feel like I’m barely functioning in a sleepy haze. But this Monday, I’ve been pretty productive. Hopefully, this will continue. Last time I was productive on a Monday and then I completely crashed on Tuesday.
I realize it’s already mid-November, but this past weekend it was in the high 80’s in San Diego, which had me craving ice cream and sorbets. One of my favorite cold treats is pineapple dole whip. It’s become quite a famous dessert at Disneyland and at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii and I’m lucky enough that we have an ice cream store in San Diego that offers it year-round. For those unfamiliar, Dole Whip is a creamy soft serve made from pineapples.
I got these adorable Zululand Queen baby pineapples sent to me from Frieda’s Specialty Produce, a produce wholesaler in Southern California that specializes in exotic fruits. (You can check out their website for what they are currently carrying and ask your local market produce manager or email Frieda’s to find out which stores near you carry the products your interested in.) Longtime readers know my obsession with exotic fruits. I was admiring their display at an expo and they offered to send me some ingredients to play with, like these pineapples. I’ve never seen ones so small! I love how cute they are, though you have to be careful! If you thought regular pineapples could be a bit prickly, the tops of these have a ton of tiny sharp thorns. So definitely don’t grab them from the top. I’m speaking from experience.
Taste-wise, they are pretty similar to a regular pineapple, though the inner core is less firm and fibrous, and easier to eat. I know freezing pineapples is probably not the best way to showcase fresh fruit, but these miniatures were just begging to be individual serving dishes.
I’ve been wanting to try making pineapple dole whip for a long time. I’ve yet to find the exact recipe, and when I once inquired how they made it at Lappert’s (the ice cream store in San Diego that serves it), they said they used dehydrated pineapples. Even though this isn’t the same recipe, it does taste remarkably similar. It’s sweet, a little tart, and creamy with the addition of a little milk. I didn’t add any extra sugar to it, making it healthier than other frozen treats. Next time, I might try using coconut milk. I really love how these came out.
Once I finished, I piped it back into the shell. I’ve never piped something so cold before!
Pineapple Dole Whip
- 2 cups frozen pineapple cubes
- 6 tbsp whole milk
- Add pineapple and milk to a blender (you want something powerful like a Blentec or Vitamix) and blend on high speed until pineapple mixture is smooth. If your pineapple isn't sweet enough, you may need to add 1-2 tbsp sugar.
- Scoop out and eat immediately. You can also put in through an ice cream maker for a firmer texture.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.