Want your favorite Disney World snacks at home? Here's how

April 3, 2018, 1:02 PM · You don't have to go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World to enjoy the same snacks that fans line up to get in the parks. In fact, you can have the same churros and Dole Whips that Disney serves in its parks delivered to your home.

Here's how to do it.

Let's start with the Dole Whip. Dole sells bags of the mix that Disney uses to create this Pineapple-flavored frozen soft serve dessert. In case you ever wondered, this is not an ice cream — there's no cream in it. It's actually vegan, though (spoiler alert!) it is loaded with sugar, so no one ought to consider it "healthy."

But these are treats we're talking about, so even though you can buy in bulk for home use, well, let's be careful out there, okay?

You can buy a four-pound bag of Dole Whip mix for about $26 on Amazon. [Links include affiliate commissions.] That makes nearly 90 half-cup portions, so it's a lot cheaper than buying from Disney. You will need an ice cream maker to mix and freeze the powder and your water into the familiar-tasting Dole Whip dessert, but the bag includes instructions for doing that.

If you want to make your home Dole Whip look more like what you'd get at Disney, pipe it through a pastry bag once it's ready to serve. If you don't have a pastry bag, just pack some of the Dole Whip into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Leave the top open, but twist the bag to push out all the air and force the dessert toward one bottom corner. Then just snip that corner of the bag and pipe the Dole Whip through that opening. Voila! DIY pastry bag.

That's the frozen dessert. Now, how about a hot sweet treat?

You can buy the same Tio Pepe's brand churros that Disney serves in its parks through Amazon, too. A 100-count case runs about $100 — again, another big savings over Disney prices. In addition to the regular churros, you can buy ones filled with apple, raspberry, or bavarian creme, too.

If you don't want 100 churros at home, you can buy 25-count packages of the Tio Pepe's churros at Smart and Final, as well. Smart and Final's also a good place to pick up a supply of little paper umbrellas and maybe some pineapple juice if you'd like to upgrade your Dole Whips into Dole Whip floats, too.

Now you can have Disney dessert time whenever you'd like at home, as you take a break to imagine your next visit to the parks. Enjoy!

Replies (6)

April 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM ·

And if you want to recreate a Disney hot dog, simply find the most boring frankfurter you can find, get a regular boring bun, cut into the bun - do not steam, toast, or butter the bun - and throw all of your condiments away. Warming the frankfurter is strictly optional

April 3, 2018 at 4:01 PM ·

This is just too tempting to resist (thank you Chad). Disney pizza at home, go buy a Red Barron five cheese, cut it into four slices and pretend you're paying $7.99 a slice.

April 3, 2018 at 4:29 PM ·

LOL Chad and Stevo! Great ideas!

April 3, 2018 at 9:26 PM ·

Awesome article, Mr. Niles! When I'm in the mood for a Dole Whip, I usually visit the Polynesian Village (I live about about 50 minutes away) and get one at the Pineapple Lanai. I noticed that Amazon has Strawberry and Mango varieties too. I tried some of the other flavors at the Plant City Strawberry Festival and they were also fantastic, though Pineapple's still the best. Protip: Try adding a shot or two of Malibu Coconut Rum. It's amazing. Protip 2: The alcoholic varieties occasionally served at Epcot and Animal Kingdom are exceedingly weak. Don't let the $7 price tag fool you.

April 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM ·

You might also want to pick up a copy of *Mickey's Gourmet Cookbook*. I just saw a copy on Amazon for $4.05. I've made several items out of it over the years.

April 6, 2018 at 11:36 AM ·

Dole Whip comes is Pineapple (the best!) Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango, Lemon, Lime, and Vanilla. I like to add water and some half and half to mine to get a creamy texture. I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker that chills & freezes and it makes it perfect. One regular size bag usually last us the entire summer.

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