Winter’s officially here, and the collective daydream of a tropical getaway is in full swing. What better way to infuse your surroundings with a slice of paradise than indulging in the legendary Dole Whip dessert? If you’re unfamiliar with this delectable treat—often associated with Disneyland—it’s time to bring you up to speed!

What is Dole Whip?

Dole Whip is a dairy-free delight crafted from a pineapple-flavored dry mix. Originally containing a dairy derivative, today’s recipe boasts non-dairy creamer, sugar, and natural flavorings, making it a certified vegan delight. Forget artificial flavors; four out of the six available flavors are now au naturel. The magic begins with the dry mix, blended with water and swirled into existence by soft-serve machines, such as our popular Taylor C706 and Taylor C712 models at Rocky Mountains Distributing.

Where did Dole Whip originate?

The genius behind Dole Whip belongs to the Dole Food Company, which birthed this fan favorite in 1967. While it remained a hidden gem until the mid-1980s, Disney played a crucial role in its ascent. Dole sponsored Disneyland’s Tiki Room in 1976, starting with a menu limited to pineapple juice and spears. By 1983, the sponsorship expanded to Walt Disney World Resorts, gracing Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Park. Crafted specifically for Florida’s heat, Dole Whip was meant to endure tropical climates. Although synonymous with Disneyland, it’s now available far beyond, even at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.

dole whip yellow and pink soft serve on cone in front of dole whip store
Photo credit: Flickr, jpellgen (@1105_jp)

Contrary to popular belief, Dole Whip isn’t exclusive to Disneyland; any restaurant can serve this delightful treat—including us at Rocky Mountains Distributing. If you’re in the business of soft-serve desserts, you can bring pineapple joy to your customers by purchasing Dole Whip through us. Our recommended companions for serving this tropical delight? The Taylor C712 or Taylor C706 soft-serve machines, or perhaps the ISI-161TI Mini Soft Serve Machine and ISI-163TT Dual Flavor Twist Soft Serve Machine from Icetro.

“But how can I savor Dole Whip if I don’t visit Disney or the Dole Plantation?” you ask. Well, lucky for you, Dole has generously shared a DIY Dole Whip recipe for a taste of the tropics in the comfort of your home.

DIY Dole Whip Recipe:

  • 1 cup ripe DOLE® pineapple, chopped and frozen
  • 1 ripe DOLE® banana, peeled and frozen
  • 2 ½ teaspoons powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

For optimal results, freeze the fruit in airtight containers. Blend all ingredients until smooth, garnish with fresh pineapple, and serve immediately!

RMD dole whip in a cup with Hawaii table

Here at RMD, our love for Dole Whip knows no bounds, and we want to share the joy with you. If you’re a business owner keen on serving up pineapple bliss, reach out to our sales team today. Let us introduce you to the machines that make serving joy possible, with a wide array of new and used commercial soft serve machines ready for installation! 

Curious about the numbers? Explore our soft serve profit calculator here for a quick overview. For a more detailed calculation, contact our sales team at or 303.825.0171. We’re eager to assist you in spreading joy through soft-serve delights.

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