Pina Colada Fluff is one of the most delicious and sensational recipes you will ever taste! Its melt in your mouth scrumptious and makes the perfect Summertime treat!
Make a fruity, flavorful salad that you can have for dessert with this Pina Colada Fluff recipe. Simply mix a few ingredients together, chill, and serve this treat! Its wonderful for the holidays and for the 4th of July or even pool parties!
What Is Fluff?
Dessert fluff has been around for decades. It is a sweet and simple dessert that typically consists of cool whip, instant pudding or gelatin, and assorted fruits. While there are dozens of different versions of fluff, this Pina Colada Fluff recipe is the perfect treat for those who love the taste of pineapple and coconut, especially when mixed together. The light dessert tastes best when chilled in the refrigerator.
What Is a Pina Colada?
Pina colada is a fruit-flavored cocktail consisting of both coconut and pineapple. Although commonly served with rum, there are non-alcoholic versions of Pina Coladas that taste just as good. If you have ever had one of these beverages and enjoyed it, you will quickly fall in love with this Pina Colada Fluff Salad.
The Ingredients Needed to Make Pina Colada Fluff
Make the Pina Colada Salad with these easy-to-find ingredients:
Vanilla Pudding Mix. Use any brand! Make sure to get instant vanilla pudding mix only.
Crushed Pineapple. You will need a can of the crushed pineapple, but do not drain it.
Whipped Topping. Thaw your whipped topping before using it to prepare this dessert.
Rum Extract. Adding rum extract is the perfect way to make this dessert taste just like the cocktail.
Mini Marshmallows. Fold your marshmallows into a bowl full of the other ingredients.
You will also need shredded sweetened coconut and chopped pecans to make this dessert.
Which Whipped Topping Should I Use?
You can use store-bought or homemade whipped topping for the Pina Colada Dessert. Cool Whip is one brand of whipped topping you can use, but the generic brands are perfectly fine, too. If you would like to make the whipped topping from scratch, you will need to combine heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Homemade whipped topping tastes just as good and is easy enough to make in minutes.
Do I Have to Use Pecans?
The pecans added to this dessert give it a crunch that tastes great with the shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, and pineapple pieces. If you have a pecan allergy, you do not need to add them to this dessert. If you do not like pecans, you can always replace them with chopped walnuts or chopped peanuts.
Can I Use Regular Marshmallows?
Regular marshmallows are a bit too big for this dessert. They will take up a lot of space and make it harder for you to mix all your ingredients together, which is why it is best to use mini marshmallows. However, if you only have large marshmallows, you should consider cutting them down into small pieces before folding them into the rest of the ingredients in your mixing bowl.
How to Store the Pina Colada Fluff
Pour the contents of your mixing bowl in a food storage container when you finish preparing the Pina Colada Fluff. It tastes best when cold, so you will need to put it in the refrigerator to let it chill for 15-30 minutes before serving. If you have leftovers after serving the dessert to everyone in your home, you can put them back in the fridge to keep them fresh for up to four days.
Make sure to check the box of the pudding mix before you buy it. It is easy to get confused by the two options, but you need to have instant pudding mix when preparing the Pina Colada Fluff.
Check the bag of shredded coconut flakes. It is best to use sweetened coconut flakes instead of unsweetened. If you are trying to watch your sugar intake, you can choose the unsweetened kind, but it may change the overall taste of this dessert.
What to Do With Pina Colada Fluff
Make Pina Colada Fluff for yourself and your family. It is a great dessert to make for special events, such as baby showers and outdoor birthday parties. If you do plan on making this dessert for large events, be sure to make multiple batches of it to have enough for everyone to eat and enjoy. You can double, triple, or even quadruple this recipe if need be.
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Pina Colada Fluff
- 1 3.4oz box vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 20oz. can crushed pineapple, not drained
- 1 8oz. container whipped topping, thawed
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans OR walnuts
- In a large bowl, stir together pudding mix and crushed pineapple until combined.
- Fold in remaining ingredients.
- Chill for 15 minutes or until ready to serve.