So, if you haven't noticed by now, I pretty much have a love affair with New York. I'll spare you all the cheesy details and love poems (you are welcome), but it's pretty apparent that when I go, I'm not just on a vacation, I'm practically living life there. I still work (remotely) and I run errands, go to spin class, and have catch up dinners with friends. I've even started navigating around some neighborhoods without Google Maps (pats self on back).
My recent trip marked two things: 1) A vacation to mark the end of summer and beginning of fall, my favorite season, and 2) one of my biggest projects ever was complete and boy am I glad it's done. It was nice to be away for several days and just live life elsewhere.
Um, Monique, what about the dole whip recipe? I will get to it in a moment, there's a whole backstory to this.
New York is the birthplace of a lot of innovative food. One of them being the insta-worthy dole whip in a teeny tiny pineapple made at Chikarashi in Manhattan Chinatown. Chikarashi makes it's name as a delicious poke eatery, but what's got them going viral is their pineapple dole whip, presented in a mini pineapple. Super cute, am I right?!
I was not planning on hitting up this place at all. One moment I was at Citizens of Chelsea eating a pesto quinoa salad, the next moment I'm sharing a bowl of poke with my friend while we waited for our orders of dole whip to come out. It was a last minute, spontaneous decision to visit, inspired by the bookmarks I made of other Foodie pictures on Instagram.It was all going swimmingly, the poke was delicious, and I was looking forward to the dole whip.
They were out of mini pineapples and had to serve the dole whip in plastic cups.
Oh, that's alright then. At least I can try dole whip. Pineapple soft serve sounded pretty refreshing on this warm fall afternoon (global warming).
Oh, what's this? The machine that makes the pineapple dole whip is broken, and all that they have is strawberry soft serve?
Our hearts were set on dole whip and nothing else, so we decided to forgo having dessert at Chikarashi and head to the tried and true Taiyaki NYC for some magical unicorn softserve, because nothing else could make up for it except, well, unicorn soft serve.
Apparently the dole whip disappointment was still on my mind when I returned back home. While wandering through the produce section of Central Market picking up some lunch items, my eyes fell upon these adorable mini pineapples from South Africa.
Lightbulb moment! Why don't I just make my own?
Sure, I have no idea what the Chikarashi version tastes like; I also never tried the Disney dole whip.But I did know that I could use the pineapple and make some version of it that would be refreshing and delicious.
The recipe is quick and stupidly simple, and only requires 2-3 ingredients. It's also very versatile, and you could add or substitute different ingredients to suit your tastes. For instance, I topped my dole whip with condensed milk and toasted coconut. Not necessarily vegan, but it was delicious nonetheless. I don't think the mini pineapples are easily accessible, so I modified this recipe to use a regular pineapple. If pineapples aren't in season and you desperately need to pretend you're in a tropical paradise, use canned.
Quick & Easy Dole Whip
- 1 whole pineapple or 1 can of pineapple with syrup
- 1 tub of coconut whipped cream, or 1 can of coconut cream, whipped to a thick consistency.
- 1/4 cup of rum (optional)
- toasted coconut (optional)
- condensed milk, to taste (optional)
1) Using a melon scoop, carve out the pineapple, leaving the outer shell of the pineapple intact. Obviously skip this step if pineapple isn't in season. In this case, all you gotta do is open up the can of pineapple.
2) In a food processor, puree the pineapple with the rum.
3) Fold the pineapple mixture with the coconut whipped cream. Pour the dole whip mixture into the pineapple and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
4) To serve, drizzle with condensed milk and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
*Bonus Boozy Recipe*
Add a few scoops of the dole whip into a glass, pour over some rum for a creamy and boozy tropical treat.