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Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff Recipe

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Welcome to our tropical dessert section! Today, we’re sharing a delightful recipe for Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff. This no-bake dessert is a creamy, dreamy mix of coconut cream pudding, pineapple, maraschino cherries, and fluffy whipped topping. Perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or a sweet treat any time, this dessert will transport you straight to the islands. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple with juices
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple with juices
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (16 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream, cherries, and nuts for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Base

  1. Mix Pudding and Pineapple: In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut cream instant pudding mix with both cans of crushed pineapple, including the juices. Stir until the pudding mix is fully dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken.

Step 2: Add Sweetened Condensed Milk and Cherries

  1. Combine Ingredients: Add the sweetened condensed milk to the pudding mixture and stir until well combined.
  2. Add Cherries: Gently fold in the drained maraschino cherries.

Step 3: Fold in Marshmallows and Whipped Topping

  1. Add Marshmallows: Fold in the mini marshmallows until evenly distributed.
  2. Fold in Whipped Topping: Gently fold in the thawed whipped topping until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 4: Add Macadamia Nuts

  1. Add Nuts: Gently fold in the toasted and chopped macadamia nuts, reserving a few for garnish if desired.

Step 5: Chill and Serve

  1. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld and the fluff to set.
  2. Garnish and Serve: Before serving, top with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and toasted macadamia nuts if desired.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Maraschino Cherries: Ensure the cherries are well-drained to avoid excess liquid in the fluff.
  • Macadamia Nuts: Toasting the nuts enhances their flavor. Be sure to let them cool before adding to the mixture.
  • Thorough Mixing: Fold gently to maintain the fluffy texture of the dessert.

Variations

Tropical Fluff

Add 1 cup of shredded coconut and 1 cup of mandarin orange segments (drained) for an extra tropical flavor.

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Almond Joy Fluff

Substitute macadamia nuts with slivered almonds and add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips for an Almond Joy-inspired treat.

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Key Lime Fluff

Replace one package of coconut cream pudding with key lime pudding mix and add the zest of one lime for a tangy twist.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this dessert up to a day in advance. Store it covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this dessert?

Freezing is not recommended as the texture of the whipped topping and marshmallows may change.

What can I serve with this dessert?

This fluff is delicious on its own but can also be served with graham crackers, shortbread cookies, or as a topping for angel food cake.

Can I use homemade whipped cream?

Yes, you can use homemade whipped cream instead of frozen whipped topping. Whip 2 cups of heavy cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.

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This Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff is a delightful and easy dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With its tropical flavors and creamy texture, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious fluff with your family and friends!