No need to travel to Hawaii (or Disneyland!) to enjoy a refreshing cup of Dole Whip pineapple soft serve – you can make it yourself with just four ingredients!
Last Monday was my friend Michelle’s birthday, and since Dole Whip is one of her favorite things in life, I decided to make her some. Unfortunately, many of the Dole Whip copycat recipes I found required fresh pineapple, and the fresh pineapple sold outside of Hawaii seems to be much more acidic than that sold in Oahu (and likely the other islands as well, based on what I was told). Like many people, Michelle doesn’t do so well with very acidic foods, so I decided to try shake things up a bit and use pineapple juice instead.
The end-product of this recipe is a very smooth soft serve that tastes a little creamier and a bit less tart than the official Dole Whip, but it is nevertheless deliciously refreshing. If you prefer a harder, more traditional-style ice cream, just pop it into the freezer for a few hours before serving. Enjoy!
- 3 cups pineapple juice and chunks** (See note!)
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 2¼ cups heavy cream
- Mix pineapple juice and sugar together until sugar has dissolved. (I do this in a blender becasue I think it makes for an airier end product.)
- Add vanilla and heavy cream.
- Pour into a prepared ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker directions.
- When ice cream is ready, you can serve it immediately, or put it in the fridge and allow it to set up.
This recipe fits my 2-quart ice cream maker perfectly; however, if you have a larger ice cream maker, simply adjust the amounts accordingly.
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