Pina Colada Fluff

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. 

Pina Colada Fluff in a large white serving bowl

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.

What 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

Let’s make some fluff!!

Start by gathering your ingredients . Measure them out and chop your pecans

Mixing bowl with pudding mixed

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.

Cool whip mixed into a mudding mixture

Mix in the cool whip well .

Pineapple in the cool whip mixture

Add the can of crushed pineapple with the juice and mix well.

Marshmallow , pecans , and shredded coconut added to the mixture

Fold in the marshmallows , shredded coconut and chopped pecans.

Pina Colada Fluff in a large in a mixing bowl

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 .

Pina Colada Fluff in a large white serving bowl

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Pina Colada Fluff

This Pina Colada Fluff is cool , creamy and has the flavors of coconut and pineapple just like the famous frozen beverage .
4.36 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 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



If you want your fluff to be thicker you can drain the juice off the pineapple 
This is good after 2-4 hours in the fridge but I usually make it the night before serving and let it chill overnight
Make sure you shake the container of the cream of coconut really well
Keyword Pina Colada, Pina Colada Fluff, Pina colada salad, Summer salads, Summer sides
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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

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3 years ago

I love pina coladas and need something to cool me down in this Texas heat. Looks like I found jus the thing.

3 years ago

This pina colada fluff is so GOOD! I love making this simple dessert recipe for summertime and for parties and events.

3 years ago

This was so easy to make and so good! And even better the second day!

3 years ago

I think this will be a big hit with the kids in our family. If the adults don’t eat it all first!

Jere Cassidy
Jere Cassidy
3 years ago

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.

Jacqueline Debono
3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

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!

Amanda Dixon
Amanda Dixon
3 years ago

This was delicious! It had the perfect coconut flavor and was so creamy and decadent.

Stacy Young
Stacy Young
2 years ago

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!!!

2 years ago

I assume you thaw the whipped topping?

Iris Saxon
Iris Saxon
2 years ago

how many folks will this quantity serve please?

2 years ago

How do u think this would be with pistachios instead? Or would that make it overly salty?

Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith
2 years ago

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

1 year ago

5 stars
What kind of Coconut did you us?

10 months ago

This is so delicious! I also added a jar of chopped maraschino cherries. A real summer cooler. Thank you