This Pina Colada Fluff is cool , creamy and the perfect treat for the summer. It has the traditional flavor of coconut and big chunks pineapple that taste similar to the famous frozen drink. I am not going to lie, my ultimate vacation is laying by a beautiful pool and have frozen pina coladas brought to me all day. Oh we can only dream !! There is just something about the taste of coconut and pineapple that is so classic ..like peas & carrots or Lemon & blueberries. I also grew up eating all sorts of “salads” with marshmallows in them like Watergate Salad . I think this is totally a southern thing but also very big with my Mother’s generation. Her whole generation made this sweet concoctions with jello or pudding mixes and called them salads. Like calling them that excused the fact that they obviously did not have one veggie in them. These fluffs can be served any way you like. It can be a side or a dessert, it is totally up to you . Just put a big bowl of this out at your next summer BBQ and watch it disappear. Trust me , you will have no leftovers.
Things you will need to make Pina Colada Fluff:
- Instant Vanilla Pudding
- Cream of coconut -Click Here for the brand I use
- 20 oz Can of crushed pineapple
- mini marshmallows
- shredded coconut
- chopped pecans
Tools and Gadgets
- Mixing bowl
- measure cups
- wire whisk
- Rubber Spatula
- Storage container with lids
- Coconut serving bowls– Not a necessity but how Flippin cute would it be to serve this in a coconut bowl
Commonly asked questions:
Do I have to use cream of coconut?
Yes and No. While the cream of coconut is rich and has a fabulous flavor I highly recommend using it for the best results. If you decide to use milk to replace it I recommend using a teaspoon of coconut extracts for the flavor.
How far in advance can I Make this ?
This can be served after chilling 3-4 hours but I have made it let it chill overnight and it is still good.
Is this a salad , side or dessert?
All of the above!! I have seen similar fluffs or salads served as a salad, side or dessert. It is just plain delicious and can be served anyway you like
Let’s make some fluff!!
Start by gathering your ingredients . Measure them out and chop your pecans
Shake the can of cream of coconut well , it separates in the can and just needs mixed again. Whisk together the cream of coconut and pudding mix until mixed well.
Mix in the cool whip well .
Add the can of crushed pineapple with the juice and mix well.
Fold in the marshmallows , shredded coconut and chopped pecans.
Mix well then Cover and chill 3-4 hours before serving. Right before serving you can garnish it with extra coconut or pecans and top with cherries .
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Pina Colada Fluff
- 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 1 cup Cream of Coconut see notes
- 20 oz can crushed pineapple with juice
- 8 oz whipped topping
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2-3/4 cup chopped pecans
- Mix 1 cup of cream of coconut and vanilla pudding with a wire whisk until smooth
- Mix in the 8oz container of whipped topping
- Fold in the can of crushed pineapple with the juice
- Fold in the pecans , marshmallows and shredded coconut
- Once it is mixed well chill for 3-4 hours before serving * see notes
- Before serving you can garnish with extra coconut or pecans and some cherries
I love pina coladas and need something to cool me down in this Texas heat. Looks like I found jus the thing.
Yes !! It is super hot in Louisiana as well, this is the perfect cool and creamy treat .
This pina colada fluff is so GOOD! I love making this simple dessert recipe for summertime and for parties and events.
I am so glad you enjoyed it Petro!
This was so easy to make and so good! And even better the second day!
I am so glad you like it Chenee!
I think this will be a big hit with the kids in our family. If the adults don’t eat it all first!
HAH..so true !
This was my grandma’s Sunday dessert and I always looked forward to her bringing out a big bowl. Glad to find your recipe so make this myself.
Old fashioned recipes that our grandparents made always seem to be the best
What a great summer dessert. I agree coconut and pineapple really is such a classic pairing. It also makes me think of beach holidays! On my to make list!
I hope you enjoy it !
I remember this growing up! It was my favorite summertime treat and my mom would make it for our cookouts. So fun and so yummy!
Yes it is a classic !!
I had almost completely forgotten about fluff recipes! I love the amazing summer flavors used for this! Such a great dessert for a summer cookout!
It is the perfect summer dish, an oldie but goodie!
This was delicious! It had the perfect coconut flavor and was so creamy and decadent.
I am so glad you loved this Amananda!
I’m not a fan of marshmallows just because of their texture…. Now melted in something, that’s another story!! So, is there something I could substitute in their place? Everything else sounds mouth-watering!!!
Just skip them all together , you will have all of the flavors . It will be more of a creamy texture .
I assume you thaw the whipped topping?
Yes the whip topping is thawed .
how many folks will this quantity serve please?
Hi Iris, This should serve 6-8 people
How do u think this would be with pistachios instead? Or would that make it overly salty?
I have never thought about those but if that is your favorite nut give it a try. If they are salted you will have the savory mixed with the sweet but I would recommend trying to find the unsalted nuts.
I don’t know where you are getting your cream of coconut, but that brand in my area is $3.68 a can at local Walmart
Hi Patricia .. I was only showing the brand I like to use . By all means buying locally is always the most cost efficient method. I have recently went to another brand because the Lopez brand is very hard to find where I live. Feel free to use what is available to you in your area.