Cherry Fluff Without Pineapple

This cherry fluff without pineapple or coconut is a take on the classic recipe for this vintage dessert. It omits the pineapple, nuts, and coconut, placing the spotlight on the sweet cherries embedded in the airy fluff.

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While this easy recipe is a great no-bake summer dessert, since it uses cherry pie filling you can actually make it all year round. Whether you’re going to an outdoor party or a potluck dinner, this is the perfect recipe to throw together quickly.

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Why You’ll Love Cherry Fluff Without Pineapple

There are so many reasons to love this great dessert.

  • Different From The Classic – This version of cherry fluff avoids nuts, so there’s no worry about that allergen. Also, without the pineapple and the coconut, the cherry flavor can shine through. 
  • Super Simple – You can whip this easy no-bake recipe up in one single bowl (and even store it in the same container) making for hassle-free prep and cleanup. It also only takes a matter of minutes to mix the ingredients together. 
  • Affordable and Convenient – There are only 4 ingredients that are typically fairly inexpensive, so you can have a light, airy, sweet dessert to serve without breaking the bank. Bonus: Everything should be easy to find at your local grocery store. 
  • Great For Lots of Occasions – Similar to a classic Pistachio Salad, This simple dessert is a great side dish to take to cookouts and casual family gatherings in the summer months — it’s an ideal light dessert on a hot summer night. But it’s also the perfect dessert for a special occasion like Mother’s Day or a baby shower, and its pink color also makes it ideal for Valentine’s Day.

What are Luxardo Cherries? 

Luxardo is a brand of jarred, candied marasca cherries. They are often used in cocktails or other high-end food preparations. 

They are still considered a variety of maraschino cherries, but their dark color and complex flavor profile set them apart from the typical maraschino cherries you might see at the grocery store. 

Can I Use Regular Maraschino Cherries?

Yes, you can use regular maraschino cherries for garnish. They may be easier to find than Luxardo cherries (and certainly cheaper!) since you can get them at most grocery stores. 

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Ingredients

With only a handful of ingredients, this easy cherry fluff recipe couldn’t be easier to make.

  • Cool Whip – You can use this brand or any other similar option. Be sure to thaw it before mixing the other ingredients into it.
  • Cherry Pie Filling – You can use a store-bought filling or make your own homemade cherry pie filling.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – This sweet milk is super creamy and gives the fluff its luxurious texture.
  • Mini Marshmallows – These tiny marshmallows add a bit of sweetness and texture to the fluff.
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How to Make Cherry Fluff

With just a few simple ingredients, you can make cherry fluff in a snap. 

  1. Cool Whip, pie filling and condensed milk. Add the Cool Whip, cherry pie filling, and sweetened condensed milk to a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Fold ingredients together. Using a rubber spatula, fold the ingredients together.
  3. Add marshmallows. Add the mini marshmallows and stir to combine. 
  4. Cover and chill. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  5. Garnish. When ready to serve, garnish with cherries and mini marshmallows.
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What to Serve with Cherry Fluff Without Pineapple

You can top your cherry fluff with crushed nuts or fresh berries or serve it with fruit salad. Or dip vanilla wafers or graham crackers into it or crumble them over top. Consider serving several marshmallow salad recipes together for a fluff bar.

You can also drizzle fudge sauce over top or serve it with vanilla ice cream or any type of pie from a classic custard pie to sugar cream pie.

Variations 

Check out some of these suggestions to make this cherry fluff recipe your own.

  • Classic-Style – Add in crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks, nuts, and coconut for a classic cherry fluff version. 
  • Pie Filling Flavors – Use blueberry, peach, or blackberry pie fillings instead of the cherry (or use a mix)
  • Fewer Calories – To lower the calories in this dessert, try using lite Cool Whip. If you opt to use coconut, use the unsweetened version.
  • Cream Cheese, Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt – Mix in any of these for a tangy version.
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Storage and Freezing

This easy fluffy treat can be stored in the fridge or freezer. 

Make Ahead: This is a perfect make-ahead recipe. Make the fluff ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Refrigerator: Store cherry fluff in an airtight container or its original serving bowl covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 3 days.

FreezerPlace fluff in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw completely before serving.

Common Questions About Cherry Fluff Without Pineapple

What is fruit fluff made of? 

There are many different versions of fruit fluff though most of them contain some form of whipped topping. Some versions call for canned fruit while others incorporate vanilla pudding mix or jello powder. 

Do I have to use store-bought Cool Whip or can I make my own?

You do not have to use store-bought Cool Whip for this cherry fluff, you can make and use your own.

Can I eat these warm or cold?

Cherry fluff is best served cold. Heating cherry fluff will cause it to lose its airy texture and will melt the ingredients.

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Cherry Fluff without Pineapple Recipe

4.47 from 13 votes
This EASY Cherry Fluff without Pineapple omits the pineapple, nuts, and coconut, placing the spotlight on the sweet cherries!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, fold together the Cool Whip, cherry pie filling and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Fold in mini marshmallows.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with maraschino cherries and/or mini marshmallows.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 28 kcal, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Potassium: 20 mg, Fiber: 0.1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 33 IU, Calcium: 20 mg, Iron: 0.01 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 28
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry fluff without pineapple, classic cherry fluff
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Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love any cherry dessert and this recipe is no exception! Turned out easy, light and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    It is so easy and looks delicious this Cherry Fluff Without Pineapple recipe, I definitely will make it soon, for a quick sweet craving. Thanks for sharing 🙂