Pineapple Cherry Fluff

Pineapple Cherry Fluff

My mom makes a side dish (which should really be a dessert) that she calls Pink Stuff. It is delicious! I get cravings for it around the holidays, but I haven’t made it recently due to my daughter’s allergy to food dyes. So, I began a quest to come up with a version that used no dyes. It was a little harder to do than I originally expected. So much flavor came from those red/pink ingredients. But after several tries, I think I have it with this Pineapple Cherry Fluff!

It’s not as pretty to look at as Pink Stuff, but my Pineapple Cherry Fluff has tons of flavor and is dye free! It really is more of a dessert than a side dish, but I always serve it as a side dish. That’s so naughty, I know, but I can’t help it!


Pineapple Cherry Fluff
  • 20 oz can Del Monte crushed pineapple, drained
  • 14.5 oz can tart pitted cherries, drained*
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 (1/4oz) packet unflavored gelatin, dry
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12-14 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • ⅛ cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  2. This dish is so easy and can be made a day in advance. It also freezes nicely too!
  3. * Tart pitted cherries can be found in the canned fruit aisle. This is not the same as cherry pie filling.

Disclaimer: I received a Del Monte gift basket to help promote a contest.



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  1. I love pineapple but don’t know many ways to incorporate it into a meal. So I usually just end up buying a fresh one and we snack on it for a few days. I love the look of this side dish/dessert! Figures that I am allergic to pecans, but am hoping that some other nut will work just fine. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This Pineapple Cherry Fluff looks so delicious and fun to make. It is so hot outside and I think that this would be a great recipe to make. Plus pineapple is so healthy!

  3. This sounds so good! I’m bookmarking this page so I can make this for our next big family get together.

  4. I love the flavors in this, something everyone can enjoy in my family, perfect for a summer party. Love the jars you put this in.

  5. We make something so similar (usually around Thanksgiving or Christmas), but we use cranberry instead of cherries…we call them cranberry blobs and freeze them in cupcake liners for easy eating! So good!

  6. I don’t suppose the pecans and coconut could be substituted for anything could it? I’m allergic to nuts and coconut but this sounds really yummy. Or could it maybe just be left out? Would it taste as good? And what is green stuff?

  7. I have made this and added a little lemon juice to the mix, place in a graham cracker crust and freeze it; at my house we call this “Cherry Blast Pie”

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  9. Your recipe sounds delish! You could have the pink color (naturally) if you puréed a portion of your cherries and mixed it into everything.. That’s what I do to improve the color without using food dyes.

  10. Your Pineapple Cherry Fluff looks really yummy! Can I use other fruits for this? Like mangoes?

    Thanks for this post!

    -Romero W.

  11. Hmm…Sounds really a good idea…I think this is really perfect for a simple celebration with the whole family… Thanks for the recipe here!


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