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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rejoice! Disneyland's Dole Whip Is Now Available in SF

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 8:02 AM

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Let’s all take a moment to process the fact that Dole Whip exists in San Francisco now.

This beloved frozen treat that used to only be available at a scarce number of places, including Disneyland, the Dole Plantation in Hawaii, and a small handful of obscure amusement parks nowhere near me, is now easily accessible for you lucky folks in or around San Francisco.

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  • Betty Wang
At its outset, it looks like any run-of-the-mill soft serve ice cream or yogurt that’s pineapple-flavored. Even initially tasting it will rouse up the same suspicion, but the more gobs of this tropical treat that you shovel into your mouth, the more you’ll realize that Dole Whip is special. It’s a little lighter, more airy, and even sort of . . . fluffy? Amazingly, this treat contains no actual dairy (I’m told they use coconut oil and pineapple puree), however don’t let that fool you—it’s still incredibly creamy.

You can find this frozen delight at a relatively new shop called Pineapples on Ocean Avenue in Mission Terrace, just a few blocks up from City College’s main campus. Pineapples is an island-themed cafe that quietly opened up earlier this year by a young couple, Tony and Catherine, who wanted to bring a slice of the islands the Bay. For the aforementioned world-famous Dole Whip (and the refreshing float version that uses pineapple juice), you can also add toppings like coconut shavings, mochi, and li hing powder — a Hawaiian specialty that will add a slightly sweet, slightly sour, and slightly salty note to your whip. The toppings are optional (and an additional $.50) though, as the Dole Whip in its purest form is already delicious.

Pineapples also has island-themed drinks like mango tea and Kona coffee, rice plates including kalua pork and tuna poke, some specialty dessert waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and a few other local sweet treats like shaved ice and acai bowls. There are even some grab-and-go shelves stacked with popular Hawaii snacks like local gummy candy, cookies, and of course, many beloved cans of Spam.

Lastly, this begs the obvious question: does the Dole Whip from Pineapples actually stack up to the one that Disneyland serves? If I can forget about the fact that I’m not eating it while in line to ride Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye or on my way to grab a fastpass for Space Mountain, then yes, absolutely.

Pineapples, 296 Ocean Ave. (415) 769-5328


Betty Wang is an SF-based glutton, writer, and editor. She also tweets 
@bettywrites and Instagrams @bettyishungry.
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