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Cherry Fluff – Big Batch Recipe

Cherry Fluff is an easy 5-ingredient salad recipe that combines sweet cherries with pineapple, a bunch of mini marshmallows, and fluffy whipped cream.

This delicious recipe was updated on 4/18/19 to improve reader experience.

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Cherry Fluff is a family favorite. It’s a quick cherry fluff recipe that takes 5 minutes and only 5 ingredients! It’s simple enough to make ahead and perfect for any occasion.

I’ll be throwing in some tips to make this creamy dreamy pink fluff your own. Everyone loves this Cherry Fluff salad with its pretty pink color and best of all you can make a big batch or just enough for a small crowd.

It’s the perfect make-ahead recipe too! You don’t need to fess up and tell them how easy it is to make!

I’ve been making fluff recipes for as long as I can remember. My children loved Cherry Fluff when they were young and they were always excited when there was a big dish of it on our dinner table.

Close up top view of a white bowl filled with a creamy pink Cherry fluff salad sitting on a red napkin with mini marshmallows scattered around the bowl.

It’s also a dish that was easy for them to help make. I remember little faces coated with pink whipped cream. Some of it actually made it to the bowl.

Now we have a new helper that loves to help make our Fluff Recipes. If we didn’t have one when she joins us for dinner she’d be very disappointed.

Photo of myself with my granddaughter making a big bowl of pink fluff. She's eating the marshmallows instead of stirring them into the bowl of fluff.
Pink Fluff is a family favorite!

When she helps, however, we’re lucky to get any of the marshmallows or cherries into the bowl!

This Fluff recipe is stuffed with enough cherries that everyone is guaranteed to get a bowl full unlike some of those dishes where you have to search for that elusive cherry.

There are only 5 ingredients in this Cherry Fluff Recipe!

  • Instant pudding – Powder only. Don’t make the pudding.
  • Whipped topping – We purchase whipped topping because it has stabilizers that keep this fluff from breaking down.
  • Cherry pie filling – We get the more fruit brands.
  • Crushed pineapple – Juice and all which helps the instant pudding blend.
  • Miniature marshmallows – Who doesn’t want marshmallows?

Who doesn’t like a recipe that makes a great salad but is as sweet and creamy as a dessert? Even though this Cherry Fluff salad recipe version is our family favorite here are a few variations that you can to make it your family’s favorite.

Variations you can make to this Creamy Dreamy Cherry Fluff salad:

  • Chopped nuts of any variety
  • Shredded coconut
  • Fresh or frozen fruit such as grapes or strawberries (note, fresh fruit will shorten the time that your fluff lasts because they break down. Especially if you use fresh raspberries which we don’t recommend.
  • Replace the pineapple with mandarin oranges.
  • Change the pudding flavor such as strawberry or cheesecake. You can also use a sugar-free variety.
  • Rainbow mini marshmallows or skip the marshmallows if that’s not your thing. (Party pooper)
  • Fat-free whipped topping

The great thing about this dish is that it looks beautiful in a crystal dish for the holidays or in a non-breakable container for your packed lunch or a picnic.

This Pink Fluff recipe is perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It’s great made ahead of time and is a great make-and-take dish too.

Even though you can freeze the ingredients individually, I’ve never tried freezing cherry fluff. I don’t know why you couldn’t. Cherry Fluff Salad lasts for up to 4 days in the refrigerator so I’ve never tried it.

Top-down photo of a white bowl of pink cherry fluff on a red napkin with mini marshmallows scattered in front.

Here are a few TIPS to make sure your Cherry Fluff comes out perfectly!

  1. Stir the vanilla pudding in with the undrained can of pineapple first. The pineapple juice will start thickening the pudding.
  2. Stir in the cherry pie filling only until it’s combined. There’s no need to whip it or beat it.
  3. Fold whipped topping into the cherry mixture gently. If you use a heavy hand, it will break your pink fluff down.
  4. Fold in the marshmallows. As many as you want! It’s your Cherry fluff party!
  5. Be selective if you use fresh fruit. Don’t use fruit that contains a lot of liquid. It will break down the whipped topping. Fresh fruit will shorten the shelf life of this fluff recipe too.
  6. This recipe can be eaten right away but is best chilled and can be made a day in advance.

PIN THIS FOR LATER

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  • Trifle Bowl – Just because this is an easy salad doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up by putting it in a trifle bowl to show off all of its loveliness!
  • Spatulas – this pretty set has a flat side and a curved side to take on your toughest job. I love that they are all one piece and can withstand 500°F! Throw out those old chipped ones and treat yourself!

We love all of the sweet cherries in this recipe. Our Cherry Bread and Cherry Torte recipes are all about the cherries too!

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5 from 12 votes

Big Batch Pineapple Cherry Fluff Recipe

Cherry Fluff is an easy 5-ingredient salad recipe that combines sweet cherries with pineapple, a bunch of mini marshmallows, and fluffy whipped cream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 24
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding large box
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple in juice, don’t drain
  • 42 oz cherry pie filling (2 cans)
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Instructions

  • Stir the vanilla pudding, pineapple and cherry pie filling together.  Fold in the whipped topping and then the miniature marshmallows.
  • Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to one week.

Notes

  1. Stir the vanilla pudding in with the pineapple and cherry pie filling first. This will start the thickening process.
  2. Fold whipped topping and then the miniature marshmallows. Over-stirring will break the fluff down.
  3. Be selective if you use fresh fruit. Don’t use fruit that contains a lot of liquid. It will break down the whipped topping.
  4. This recipe can be eaten right away but is best chilled and can be made a day in advance.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 100mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Kathleen Trautman

Friday 29th of November 2019

Family favorite:

SPINACH CASSEROLE

3 packs frozen spinach (cooked and squeezed dry 1 can sliced water chestnuts (drain water) 1 large can artichoke hearts quartered 1/2 stick of butter or margarine 1 8 oz. pack of cream cheese, room temperature Mix cooked spinach with butter and cream cheese. Stir in water chestnuts and artichoke hearts. Put mixture in a casserole dish. Bake at 350• for 30 minutes or until warmed through. Let cool 5 minutes. Serve with crackers or other dippers.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 30th of November 2019

That sounds amazing Kathleen! Thank you!

Genifer

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

My mom passed away suddenly last year and took her recipes with her. I am so happy to have found this and be able to carry on the tradition for my kids! Thank you, thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thank you, Genifer! I'm so sorry for your loss, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

Jeannie

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

This recipe sounds delicious! Do you make the pudding according to directions on box and then mix with the fruit, or just mix the powder with the fruit? Thank you in advance!

Mary

Saturday 17th of July 2021

I have the same question. The recipe calls for pudding. It doesn't say pudding mix. But, it also says 5 ingredients and those ingredients don't call for milk to make the pudding! So confusing.

Julie Menghini

Friday 5th of July 2019

I just put the mix in with the other ingredients. I don't make the pudding. It's super good! Thank you for stopping by!

Dana

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Made this last night and it was a huge hit! My husband and I loved it! He couldn't stop telling me how good it was! So happy we have leftovers since it's just the two of us. Means I'll get to enjoy it again today!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Thank you Dana for letting me know! I made this a lot when my kids were home and it was always a treat!

michele

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

This takes me back to days of yore in Nebraska growing up.... Everyone made fluffs... this one sounds so yummy and festive!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

See we aren't all that backwards right? We know our fluff! Thank you Michele!