Family Favorite 24-Hour Fruit Salad

Family Favorite 24-hour Fruit Salad

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Cecelia Anderson


The first time I heard about a 24 hour fruit salad was when I attended a friend's wedding back in 1975. It was so good I asked them to send the recipe. Well when I got the recipe it didn't look right. So finally after some tweaks, twists and turns, and borrowing from this recipe and that I came up with this beautiful fruit salad that works. When I say works I mean over 30 years. So enjoy!


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  • 1
    20 ounce can of dole pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice drain and reserve 4 tablespoons of syrup
  • 6
    slightly beaten egg yolks (remember to separate egg yolk from whites) beat yolks with a fork
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter or margarine ( i always use blue bonnet margarine)
  • 2 dash(es)
  • 1
    15 ounce can of delmonte 100% juice fruit cocktail (drained)
  • 1
    15.25 can of dole tropical mixed fruit in passion fruit (drained)
  • 4 c
    tiny marshmallows
  • 2 c
    prepared dream whip topping (1 packet makes 2 cups see directions below)

  • 1
    envelope dream whip
  • 1/2 c
    cold milk
  • 1/2 tsp

How to Make Family Favorite 24-Hour Fruit Salad


  1. Drain pineapple chunks in a collander over a small bowl and reserve 4 tablespoons of pineapple syrup.
  2. To make custard for fruit salad: in a small heavy saucepan, combine reserved pineapple syrup, egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, butter or margarine and salt.
    *Note: as a rule I used apple cider vinegar*
  3. Cook and stir over low heat about 6 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly and coats a metal spoon. It may take a little longer than 6 minutes,but when it coats the spoon it is ready. (Yes you will smell the vinegar, but don't worry, the custard will taste delicious). Cool to room temperature.
  4. In a 3 quart bowl combine pineapple chunks, fruit cocktail, and mixed fruit and marshmallows. Pour custard over; mix fruit mixture gently. (As a note: I generally make this up in a glass rectangular baking pan.)
  5. In a large bowl to make the whipped cream do the following: Mix 1 envelope of dream whip, 1/2 cup cold milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on low speed until blended. Then beat on high speed for 4 minutes until topping thickens and form peaks.
  6. Fold whipped cream into fruit mixture. Cover with some Saran Wrap and refrigerate 24 hours or overnight. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts

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