Vote of the week: Butterbeer or Dole Whip?
A huge thank-you this week to Theme Park Insider reader Amanda Jenkins, whose discussion board submission I've swiped to make the vote of the week.
Amanda wrote (and I added the links):
"I received an e-mail from Universal Studios letting me know that they recently sold their millionth Butterbeer. This got me wondering which people would rather have on a hot day.
"I know from recent discussions how passionately many feel about Magic Kingdom's Dole Whip, but it seems that Butterbeer is becoming very popular. I'm sad to say that I haven't tried either one. Each time I planned on having a Dole Whip, I either had my husband pulling me towards a ride, or my children demanding something else.
"So, on with the debate!"
Let's clarify the rules here: A vote for Butterbeer could be for either the regular or frozen version. And a vote for the Dole Whip could stand for either the whip itself, or the float. Okay?
Thanks to twitter, I have been awakened to this fight to the tasty death.
I am honored Robert that my discussion made it for the vote of the week :) I have always enjoyed our friendly debates on what is "the best" from our themeparks. I am very curious to see how this battle will play out this weekend!
This is an extremely hard question for me. I think taste wise I'll go with Butterbeer because its unique and Dole Whips just tastes like pineapple. But I have better experiences with Dole Whip because I almost always watch Wishes! while eating Dole Whips. Man, this question is going to keep me up at night now. Thanks a lot!
Having not yet tasted Butterbeer, I am inclined to let the vote pass.
Man, I haven't had the butterbeer yet, and I already know where my vote would lie.
I haven't had either one, but I'll be going to both IOA and MK this June and plan on trying both of them. I don't suppose you could leave the vote open until then? No? Well, it was just a thought.
I voted butterbeer...it is a very interesting little drink...While Dole Whip is good its not unique...Thats it in a nut shell..Thank you.
How is Dole Whip not unique? While this might be true for the Butterbeer as well, you can only get Dole Whip at like three places (two being Disney resorts) making it extremely rare and a special treat.
By your picture - you have the non-frozen butterbeer. In that case, it for sure Dole Whip (yes, the float!).
Butterbeer is tastey, but it gets a little overbearing after about half a cup. Dole Whip, however, is the most refreshing treat I have ever consumed at any park, period. I am almost embarrassed to say I have enjoyed probably over a hundred of them in my lifetime.
Don't get me wrong...the frozen Butterbeer is quite delicious and I won't leave Universal without getting one. But on a hot day, there is nothing better than the light and refreshing taste of a Dole Whip!
Both drinks are delicious! I LOVE the Dole Whip however sometimes I leave the MK without having had one. At this point I can't imagine walking out of IOA without having had at least one Butterbeer. My other favorite snack @MK are the cream cheese filled pretezels over by Buzz Lightyear MMMMMMM.
I anxiously looked forward to trying a Dole Whip some years back. I like pineapple, I like ice cream and I was even doing taste panel stuff for Dole at one point. This Dole Whip stuff is very nasty. It's dense and heavy, and I know I'm in the minority, but I can't stand it. Have you ever seen the ingredients list for Dole Whip? It is absolutely NOT ice cream, and, indeed, looks more like something that came from Dow Chemical rather than a food company. From the company website:
Meanwhile, some Disney fan is trying find Sodium Caseinate and Silicon Dioxide at his grocery store, so he can try to make a Dole Whip at home... :^)
Ingredient lists? Really? I am a big fan of going back to nature and all, but seriously, do you think the ingredients of a Butterbeer are any better?
One of my fondest memories of our last trip to WDW, was enjoying a Dole Whip at sunset near the Swiss Family Tree House. It is the most refreshing, delightful treat they have to offer, *in my opinion. That cool, fresh taste is something my entire family looks forward to. Wonderful way to slow the pace down just a bit for the evening.
I love Butterbeer too much to not vote for it. I think I had Dole Whip when I was seven or twelve ( can't remember which )and only liking the pineapple juice, and not liking the "whip" at all.
key words in determining my vote was "on a hot day". If it's Orlando summer hot outside I'd prefer refreshing pineapple ice cream to butterscotchy rootbeer I think, but both seem interesting and tasty. Just on a hot summer day in Orlando I give the advantage to the Dole Whip. Now, for another season that is not so steamy out.... not sure. Guess whatever your in the mood for or whichever park your in.
Frozen Butterbeer =D
I have had the Dole Whip and due to messed up taste buds it tastes like nothing to me. :-( I haven't had butterbeer but it sounds good.
I went for the whip. I have not tasted Butterbeer, but I really do not think it tastes anywhere close to what JK Rowling intended. It is probably a refreshing drink, but there is nothing like rounding the Adventureland corner and getting a whip on a hot SoCal day.
I love both but I voted for Butterbeer because I think it's lower in calories.
Let's not guess:
Haven't tried Butterbeer, but I was disappointed in the Dole Whip. Finally tried one in the summer of 2009 and... Well, Dole isn't exactly the greatest juice company around. The ice cream whip was fine, but Dole's pineapple juice tastes cheap.
Butterbeer float, with butterscotch ice cream and a shortbread cookie.
Dole Whip is actually one of the 'lighter' dessert options at the MK, but definitely will get my vote any day regardless of calorie count. Love the pineapple float, although last time I ordered a pineapple float I ended up with pineapple juice and a orange and vanilla Dole Whip twist... Ewww... :-(
Can I just skip both and instead get one of those Strawberry Lemon Ice things instead? Or the Strawberry Fruitstick thing..... IMO Strawberry really is preferrable to both butterscotch and Pineapple in the summertime. :-)
I got to have both this past weekend and while the Butterbeer was tasty, I think I still prefer Dole Whip
I admit I haven't yet tasted Butter Beer but personally I know I am not a big fan of sugary or sweet drinks. And I love Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and the like. So I can say pretty confidently that Dole Whip would be my choice. Great stuff!
I haven't had butter beer yet, but I'm inclined to agree with the poster who said he doesn't think a butterschotch-flavored drink will do it for him. Additionally, the last time I was at WDW, they had added other flavors - such as orange - to the Dole float ice cream lineup, which adds yet another delicious taste dimension to that already superb drink.
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