I am a happy boy!
When I wrote the history of Dole Whip for Celebrations, Precision Foods mentioned that the mix was becoming popular in self-serve yogurt stores. I had never seen one of these at the time I completed my interview I had never visited a yogurt store. Honestly, I had no idea what was being described. Months later one opened in my area, and I have visited it a few times. Every time I entered hoping that pineapple would be an option. And every time I was disappointed. Recently I traveled through Betweenland and visited an Orangeleaf. My friends claimed that pineapple was often an option. When I visited, no dice! And I inspected the wall showing all their options and at least at this store pineapple was not a possibility.
I had come home defeated!
Today I was passing by a store I had seen a few times. As I looked in I could see the letters “Pi” on the front of one of the soft serve machines. I had to look. It said pineapple and as I enjoyed my sample one phrase came to mind, “Dole Whip!”
|The Sign of Success|
I asked the clerk if she knew if the mix was from Precision Foods in order to verify that it was authentic and not a knockoff mix. She was unaware of the mixes' origins and a few seconds later I realized its origins were relevant, because the taste and texture is right!
|It may not look as pretty, but it had me at first bite!|
The store located in downtown Minneapolis is called (yo)gurt[lab]. There appears to be four locations throughout the Twin Cities. They had me at first taste! This is only the second time I have found Dole Whip in the wild, and this source should hopefully be more consistent. The first is truly temporary, the Minnesota State Fair. And I do not like to go there, it's crazier than Walt Disney World on the 4th of July!
Now, where can I get cold pineapple juice? I feel the need for a Dole Whip float!