There’s so much to experience at Disney, there really is. So much I can’t wait to show my children while we’re there. There are the big things, but there’s also little things that stick with you, even after you’ve left. Things you continually think about, close your eyes, crawl up into your brain to relive, and smile.
When I went back in May with the Magical Moms, the Disney Moms Panelists who attended, Margaret and Amber, all they could talk about was this super secret thing that they longed for all the time, something that they absolutely had to do *first*. Something they couldn’t find anywhere else on the planet, that could only be satisfied by visiting Disney.
Pineapple soft serve, to be exact.
I thought to myself they’re crazy. There is nothing that could be that good that they must have before doing anything else. What about Mickey? The castle? The princesses? Hello? The mirror ball-y thingy? What the heck, a pineapple soft serve?
It was hotter than hot, and there we were, the Magical Moms sitting in whatever shade we could find, outside the shack that sold them. We were people watching, telling stories, all-the-while wondering what all the hoopla was about. Over walks Laura, passing out Dole Whips like Santa hands out toys. I was excited for the coolness, because I was having a difficult time staying cool, the heat was practically unbearable. I had no idea about the flavor explosion that was about to occur in my mouth.
So much so, I’ve had to attempt to make it at home. Dieting schmieting. I. must. have. it. (Dole Whip recipe below)
So I cracked my knuckles, rotated my neck, stretched a bit and got ready unleash my fiery Google-Fu and I found two recipes. I chose the one that didn’t use my ice cream maker (that was currently occupied elsewhere anyway). The other I tried and while it was good, it wasn’t the real thing.
Do you know what one of the first things I’m gonna do when we arrive? Probably the bathroom. I’ve got kids, y’all.
DOLE WHIP RECIPE (courtesy of Key Ingredient)
Prep: 10 min.
Freeze: 3 hrs.
Makes: 8 servings
2 cans (20 oz. each) DOLE Crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside.
Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender or food processor container. Cover; blend until smooth.
Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags. Store bags flat in freezer. Freeze about 1-1/2 hours or until slushy.
Stir gently pineapple slush into whipped cream until just blended, in large bowl. Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour. Serve.
Try it, if you haven’t already. And if you’re visiting, definitely go, fast-like, over to Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland to Aloha Isle and get one. Truuuuust me. (And don’t damn me if you become addicted, too)
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