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Easter Fruit Fluff is a delicious "dump and go" side dish or dessert, easily made in 5 minutes all in one bowl. Pretty pastel colors are perfect for Easter celebrations and baby showers.
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Easter Fruit Fluff salad recipe is a quick and easy way to turn a classic fruit cocktail into a deliciously creamy “dump and go” dessert or side dish – topped of course, with marshmallow Peeps.

This old-fashioned favorite takes just 5 minutes to make simply by mixing fruit, cheesecake pudding, mini marshmallows, and whipped topping together in a single bowl and decorating with Peeps.

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How To Make Easter Fluff

Our Eater Fruit Fluff is made all in one bowl using a combination of canned and fresh fruit, a tub of whipped cream, cheesecake pudding, and plenty of colorful mini marshmallows.

This fruit salad recipe is an easy, no-cook classic that quickly combines a cool and creamy base with an abundance of fruit and colorful marshmallows in only 5 minutes.

Call it an Easter salad, Ambrosia Salad or Pudding Fruit Salad, this fruit fluff with cool whip could be the easiest way to make a mixture of your favorite fruit and fold it into a rich and creamy cheesecake filling studded with fluffy marshmallows.

Packed with pastel colors and topped with Peeps for a pretty presentation, this fruit fluff with pudding is perfect for serving as a fruit fluff dip before the Easter dinner or after the main meal as a light, delicious dessert. 

What Is Easter Fruit Fluff

Is it a side dish or a dessert? Is it a fruit dip or a cheesecake salad? Some may insist that this “salad” should be served as a dessert, but I prefer to eat it alongside some savory sides.

Regardless of how you showcase your recipe, each rendition offers the same comforting sentiment: it has a silky sweet, cream-based “dressing,” that’s topped with soft mini marshmallow Peeps and juicy fruit.

Why We Love Easter Fruit Fluff

  • Quick and easy to make in 5 minutes.
  • Uses simple ingredients that you can customize.
  • Simple no-cook recipe made in a single bowl.
  • Sweet, creamy, cool, and comforting.
  • Perfectly portable side dish or dessert to bring to Spring parties, picnics, backyard barbecues, and potlucks. 
  • Pretty dish for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or Easter celebration.
Easter Fruit Fluff ingredients

Easter Fruit Fluff Ingredients

  • Cool whip
  • Instant cheesecake pudding (plus ingredients on the box of pudding mix)
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Fruit mini marshmallows: You can also use original mini marshmallows if you prefer.
  • Peeps Rabbits for topping

Substitutions and Additions

  • Fruit Filling: You can substitute canned mandarins with fresh mandarins or clementines. You can also substitute the diced pears with diced apples.
  • Pick Your Peeps: You can substitute the Peep bunnies with Peeps chicks or other marshmallow decorations.
  • Add-Ins: For crunch and extra flavor, add some chopped pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds, or coconut flakes to your fruit fluff filling.
eating Easter Fruit Fluff using spoon
  • Large bowl
  • Stirring spoon or spatula
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How to Make Easter Fruit Fluff

  1. Make The Fluff Mixture: Mix together the cool whip and cheesecake pudding until smooth. Gently fold in the fruit and mini marshmallows, cover, and chill in the fridge to set and allow fruit flavors to combine. 
  2. Serve: Top the chilled fluff with Peeps marshmallow candies for decoration and serve cold. Enjoy!

Tips For Making Easter Fruit Fluff

  • Make sure to thaw the cool whip in advance.
  • Allow the fruit fluff to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  • For best results, make this salad ahead of time so it has a chance to sit. This helps blend the fruit flavors and makes the marshmallows soften.

How to Store Easter Fruit Fluff

  • To Store: This easter fruit fluff should be stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing this easter fruit fluff. It tends to lose its texture and become watery due to the fruit.
Easter Fruit Fluff in a bowl

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat these warm or cold?

This easter fruit fluff should be served chilled. Do not warm up the fluff, it will melt and become soupy.

Do I have to use store-bought cheesecake pudding or can I make my own?

You do not have to use store-bought cheesecake pudding for this easter fruit fluff recipe, you can make your own and use it instead.

Can I use canned, fresh, or frozen fruits in this recipe?

You can use canned, fresh, or frozen and thawed fruits in this recipe. You can use a combination of fruit sources or stick to all the same sources. If you use canned fruits make sure to drain them all very well. If you use frozen fruits make sure you thaw them completely and drain off any liquid the thawing process leaves. 

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5 from 2 votes
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Easter Fruit Fluff

Serves — 6
Easter Fruit Fluff is a delicious "dump and go" side dish or dessert, easily made in 5 minutes all in one bowl. Pretty pastel colors are perfect for Easter celebrations and baby showers.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounce tub of cool whip thawed
  • cup Instant cheesecake pudding prepared
  • cup crushed pineapple well-drained
  • 1 cup mandarins from can, drained
  • 1 cup diced pears
  • 1 cup diced peaches
  • 10 ounce package of fruit mini marshmallows
  • Peep Rabbits for topping

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine cool whip and cheesecake pudding until smooth.
  • Add crushed pineapple to your cool whip mixture and fold in until well mixed.
  • Add mandarins, diced pears, and diced peaches and fold them into the mixture.
  • Finally fold fruit mini marshmallows into the mixture and place the easter fruit fluff in your refrigerator, covered, to set and allow fruit flavors to combine.
  • Once chilled, remove the easter fruit fluff from the refrigerator and top with peep rabbits for decoration.
  • Serve cold in cups or bowls with peep rabbits.

Jenn’s Notes

Serving Size: Makes about 6 (2 cup) servings
Storage:
  • To Store: This Easter fruit fluff should be stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing this Easter fruit fluff. It tends to lose its texture and become watery due to the fruit.
Tips:
  • Make sure to thaw the cool whip in advance.
  • Allow the fruit fluff to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  • For best results, make this salad ahead of time so it has a chance to sit. This helps blend the fruit flavors and makes the marshmallows soften.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 87g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. do you use prepared instant cheesecake pudding or prepared cook and serve cheesecake pudding? thank you

  2. We have always loved this dessert salad. We served this at our wedding reception 54 years ago to 300 guests. Will always love this salad.