PHOENIX — Have you heard of the Dole Whip before? Of course you have.
If you are a Disney fan, even a semi-fan, know someone who has been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World once or twice, or have scrolled through Instagram a few times, you have likely seen or heard about the famous soft-serve dessert.
While not exclusive to Disney's parks, it is certainly a popular staple. (You can also get them at Dole's Plantation Grill in Hawaii and Milwaukee Zoo in Wisconsin.)
If you haven't had it before, it is essentially a dairy-free, gluten-free, and fat-free pineapple sorbet, according to Dole's website.
Even better, it turns out you no longer have to wait until your next Disney trip to get one to curb that craving. We were curious to see if any dessert shops in the Valley carried the beloved treat -- even an inspired version of it -- and our taste buds exploded. There are more than a handful of places that have it!
POKE WAVE ARIZONA
Diners can beat with the heat with a Hawaiian-inspired fish salad, and a cup of pineapple soft serve at Poke Wave AZ. They offer the pineapple Dole Whip year-round, but also have a second flavor that rotates, such as lime, orange, strawberry, mango, lemon, or raspberry. Poke Wave opened in 2017, according to its website. It is located at 9920 South Rural Road in Tempe. More information.
Kamana'Wana whips up a variety of colorful treats: Acai, bowls, Pitaya bowls, Hawaiian shaved ice, and the Dole Whip. Apparently, the Dole Whip was a recent addition. The staff told us, via email, that they had to add the dessert last year "because Google said we did and people were disappointed when they came in and we didn’t have it." It is now a permanent fixture on the menu. They offer it as soft-serve and as a pineapple float. The shop can be found at 13825 North 19th Avenue in Phoenix. More information.
SODA RUSH AZ
Good news for Soda Rush fans -- the owners recently installed an additional ice cream maker at its Gilbert location so Dole Whips will be available year-round, just like its mobile truck. The Mesa location, however, has Dole Whips available every two weeks, according to the owners. As for the other tasty treats they serve, they have a variety of soda concoctions, cookies and brownies, ice cream cones, fruit puree parfaits, cinnamon rolls, pretzels, and cotton candy. You can find them at 9265 E Baseline Road in Mesa and 1522 S Gilbert Road in Gilbert. More information.
MOKU HAWAIIAN GRILL
Moku Hawaiian Grill is one of the newest restaurants in the Valley, opening in early June in Ahwatukee. It serves Hawaiian cuisine based on family recipes, according to its website. They have meat plates, bowls, and salads. Recently, they added Dole Whips to the menu, which will be served in a cup or cone. More information.
CREEK COOKIES AND CREAM
You may have to try to get past the cookie ice cream sandwich or the Rice Krispies ice cream sandwich or the doughnut ice cream sandwich first, but Dole Whips are on the menu at Creek Cookies and Cream in Cave Creek. It can be served in a cone, cup, or as a float. They have a raspberry pomegranate sorbet, which is also dairy-free. The shop is located in the Shops at Dynamite Creek, 28248 N. Tatum Blvd. in Cave Creek. More information.
JOE'S ITALIAN ICE
Right in the heart of Tempe, and a short drive from Arizona State University, sits the red and green awning that marks Joe's Italian Ice (it is also next to Ted's Hot Dogs, another Tempe staple). They have more than 20 flavors of Italian ice, Joe Latti (Italian ice and soft serve ice cream), soft-serve, hand-scooped ice cream, floats, and sundaes. But, they also appear to have the famous Dole Whip. While we couldn't find it listed on their website, we did find it mentioned on their Instagram. Most recently, one Yelp user's wife said "it was spot on compared to Disneyland." You can find Joe's at 2019 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. More information.
Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze its ice cream and sorbet, which makes for a wild Instagram video. They have different flavors and toppings, and shakes, called "creations." They also have the "Nitrodole," which is a pineapple sorbet. Creamistry has five locations in Arcadia, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and at Scottsdale Quarter. More information.
MENCHIES FROZEN YOGURT
Menchies has three official Dole sorbet flavors -- lemon, pineapple, and lime -- that you can choose and then top with different nuts, candies, fruits, and cereals. There are 10 locations around the Valley. More information.
TOP THAT FROZEN YOGURT
The make-it-yourself frozen yogurt shop opened in February 2016 within the Stetson Village Shopping Center in Glendale, according to its website. They claim to be the "original Dole Whip destination" in the north-northwest parts of the Valley. They have a dozen yogurt flavors, including the Dole Whip, a toppings bar, and Hawaiian shaved ice. You can find Top That at 3870 W. Happy Valley Road in Glendale. More information.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DOLE WHIP
If you want to make your own Dole Whips at home, Dole has a "DIY" (do it yourself) recipe posted online .
What you need:
- 1 cup pineapple juice, frozen in an ice cube tray
- 1 DOLE banana, peeled and frozen
- 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
How to make:
- Combine pineapple juice, banana, and powdered sugar in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and. gradually add coconut milk.
- Scrape the sides, if needed.
- Scoop into a cup or bowl and serve right away