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Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff

Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff Recipe

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Welcome to our tropical dessert section! Today, we’re sharing a delightful and easy recipe for Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff. This no-bake dessert combines the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut with creamy pudding and fluffy whipped topping. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or any time you crave a taste of the tropics, this dessert is sure to be a hit. 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 Pudding Mixture

  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 is well combined.

Step 2: Add the Condensed Milk

  1. Add Sweetened Condensed Milk: Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Add the Mix-ins

  1. Add Cherries and Nuts: Gently fold in the drained maraschino cherries and toasted macadamia nuts.
  2. Add Marshmallows and Whipped Topping: Gently fold in the mini marshmallows and the thawed whipped topping until everything is evenly distributed.

Step 4: Chill

  1. Chill Mixture: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the mixture is well chilled and set.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Garnish and Serve: Before serving, optionally garnish with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and toasted macadamia nuts.
  2. Serve Cold: Serve the Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff cold and enjoy the tropical flavors!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Toasting Nuts: To toast the macadamia nuts, spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Be sure to watch them closely to avoid burning.
  • Cherries: Ensure the maraschino cherries are well-drained to prevent the dessert from becoming too watery.
  • Whipped Topping: For a lighter version, use light whipped topping. You can also use freshly whipped cream if preferred.

Variations

Tropical Fruit Fluff

Add other tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, or kiwi for added flavor and color.

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Coconut Pecan Fluff

Replace the macadamia nuts with toasted pecans for a different nutty flavor.

Piña Colada Fluff

Add 1/4 cup of rum extract to the mixture for a piña colada-inspired dessert.

Berry Coconut Fluff

Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen mixed berries for a fruity twist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

Yes, this dessert can be made a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Fluff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I use fresh pineapple?

Yes, you can use fresh pineapple. Simply crush it and use the fresh juices. You may need to adjust the sweetness by adding a little extra sugar or sweetened condensed milk.

What can I serve with this dessert?

This dessert pairs well with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, salads, or as part of a dessert buffet. It’s also delicious on its own.

How can I make this dessert healthier?

Use light or sugar-free versions of the instant pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped topping. You can also add more fresh fruits and reduce the amount of mini marshmallows.

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