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Dole Whip Is Available in SF 

Wednesday, Apr 15 2015
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Let's all take a moment to process the fact that Dole Whip exists in San Francisco now. 

This frozen treat, formerly available only at Disneyland, the Dole Plantation in Hawaii, and a small handful of obscure amusement parks nowhere near me, is now easily accessible in the Bay Area.

While it looks like any run-of-the-mill soft-serve, after one taste, you'll realize that Dole Whip is special. It's lighter, airier, and almost fluffy. Amazingly, this treat contains no actual dairy — I'm told they use coconut oil and pineapple purée — but don't let that fool you. It's still incredibly creamy.

You can find this frozen delight at a new shop called Pineapples on Ocean Avenue in Mission Terrace, just a few blocks up from City College. Pineapples is an island-themed cafe opened earlier this year by a young couple who wanted to bring a slice of the islands to the Bay Area. To the aforementioned world-famous Dole Whip (and the refreshing float version that uses pineapple juice), you can 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. The toppings are optional (and an additional 50 cents), and hardly necessary, as Dole Whip in its purest form is already delicious. 

Pineapples has island-themed drinks (mango tea, Kona coffee), rice plates including kalua pork and tuna poke, some specialty dessert waffles, breakfast sandwiches, a few other local sweet treats like shaved ice and açai bowls, and, of course, many cans of Spam. 

So does the Dole Whip from Pineapples stack up against the one that Disneyland serves? If I can forget about the fact that I'm not eating 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.

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