Fruit n Fluff

Fruit N Fluff Recipe

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Patricia Higginbotham


My mother used to make what we kids liked to call Fruit Fluff. We absolutely loved it. Over the years I have adapted this recipe to the one I am posting today. It is similar to an ambrosia fruit salad I believe. So easily adaptable to the individual taste.


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30 Min


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  • 1-2 can(s)
    chunky fruit packed in juice-drained well
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1 small
    chopped pineapple-drained
  • 1 bunch
    seedless fresh grapes - any color or mixture
  • 1-2 small
    apples, cored chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    lemon-lime soft drink
  • 1/2 c
    chopped nuts-your choice
  • 1/2 c
    coconut, flaked
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    white salad dressing
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • dash(es)
  • 1/2 pkg
    marshmallows, mini
  • 1-2 c
    whipped cream, unsweetened
  • 1 small
    canned mandarin oranges-drained
  • 1 small
    jar maraschino cherries-drained

How to Make Fruit n Fluff


  1. Peel, if desired, core and chop apples. Sprinkle lemon lime soda over the apples to prevent browning.
  2. Drain chunky fruit well and place in bowl with apples.
  3. Add the fruit (except Mandarin oranges and cherries), nuts and coconut to the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with spices and vanilla. Gently stir in salad dressing. Cover and place in fridge to marinate from 2-24 hours. *As the mixture marinates, the dried fruit will absorb accumulating juices.
  5. 15-30 minutes before serving- whip cream in a chilled bowl. Remove fruit from refrigerator. Gently drain accumulated juice, if any. Spoon into serving bowl
  6. Gently stir in most of the drained mandarin oranges, marschino cherries and marshmallows. Reserving some to decorate the top. Mixture should look slightly damp-Drain out or remove any large pools of liquid.
  7. Gently add whipped cream to fruit mixture folding into the fruitmixture. Decorate the top by arranging reserved oranges, cherries and marshmallows. Cinnamon and/or nutmeg can also be sprinkled on top for decoration. Return to fridge until serving time.
  8. *Non-Dairy frozen topping can be substituted for whipped cream.

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About Fruit n Fluff

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #Fruit, #Christmas

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