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Easy & Delicious Pineapple Fluff Recipe

Pineapple Fluff is a simple yet delicious recipe that’s a beloved classic in the Midwest. It’s the perfect recipe to bring a touch of tropical paradise to any gathering or simply indulging in a moment of pure bliss at home.

With just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort required, this dessert or side dish will surely be a staple in your recipe rotation. It adds a burst of sunshine to even the dreariest of days.

If you’re looking for more sweet side dishes, Creamy Grape Salad and How to Make Lemon Bars are both delicious ideas.

The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe Topped with Pretzel Bits and Pineapple Tidbits
The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe

This recipe came from my cousin’s wife, who has been making this treat for many years. It’s a popular recipe in the Midwest area of the United States. One bite of pineapple fluff, and I knew I had to have the recipe!

What you’ll need to gather

  • Pretzels – crushed pretzels add a delightful crunch and a hint of saltiness to balance the sweetness of the pineapple fluff.
  • Sugar – adding sugar to the pretzels caramelizes the mixture beautifully.
  • Butter – binds the crushed pretzel and sugar, creating a golden-brown topping complimenting this fluff recipe.
  • Cream Cheese – lends a rich and creamy texture to the pineapple fluff, providing a subtle tanginess that balances the sweetness of the pineapple.
  • Crushed Pineapple – adding crushed pineapple infuses the fluff with bursts of tropical flavor to every spoonful.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding – mixing vanilla pudding with the pineapple fluff is the secret ingredient. It effortlessly thickens the mixture while imparting a velvety smoothness and rich vanilla flavor to the fluff.
  • Whipped Topping – adds a light and fluffy texture to the pineapple fluff recipe, createing a heavenly cloud-like dessert that melts in your mouth with each spoonful.
  • Pineapple Tidbits – adding both crushed pineapple and pineapple tidbits infuses the fluff with different textures of this tropical fruit.

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The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe with Pretzel Crunch
The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe with Pretzel Crunch

Here’s How to Make Pineapple Fluff

Simple Ingredients

1 cup crushed pretzels

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 large can crushed pineapple with juice (20 oz)

1 small package vanilla instant pudding

8 oz whipped topping like Cool Whip

1 large can pineapple tidbits (20 oz), juice drained

Directions

Mix the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press the mixture into a 9″ x 9″ baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Let cool.

Ingredients for Pretzel Crunch Topping. Crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter.
Ingredients for Pretzel Crunch Topping

Using an electric beater, mix cream cheese, crushed pineapple, and vanilla pudding in a large bowl. After thoroughly combining, add the whipped topping and beat again until well-mixed. Stir in the pineapple tidbits.

Ingredients for Pineapple Fluff. Cream cheese, crushed pineapple, and vanilla pudding in a large bowl.
Ingredients for Pineapple Fluff Recipe.

Place the pineapple fluff in a serving dish and break apart the pretzel topping mixture with a fork. Top the fluff with the crunch bits and serve cold.

Tips

  • For a more colorful presentation, top your pineapple fluff with maraschino cherries.
  • You can substitute the pretzel mixture for roasted nuts.

Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned pineapple in pineapple fluff?

Yes, you can use fresh pineapple instead of canned if you prefer. Just chop the fresh pineapple into small pieces and drain any excess juice to avoid making the fluff too watery. For the crushed pineapple, you can blend the pineapple to give it the crushed pineapple consistency.

Is pineapple fluff suitable for a crowd?

This pineapple dessert is a fantastic option for feeding a crowd. It’s easy to make in large batches, inexpensive, and always a hit at potlucks, picnics, and family gatherings. You can easily double or triple the recipe to accommodate the number of people you serve.

Can I make pineapple fluff ahead of time?

Absolutely! Pineapple fluff is a perfect make-ahead dessert. I recommend letting it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. You can even prepare it the day before and let it chill overnight. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container to keep it fresh.

Can I customize pineapple fluff with other ingredients?

This easy recipe is versatile, and you can customize it to suit your taste preferences. Some popular additions include shredded coconut, chopped nuts, maraschino cherries, mini marshmallows, or even a splash of coconut or rum extract for extra flavor. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different ingredients to make it your own signature dessert.

How long does this tropical fluff recipe last in the refrigerator?

This fluff recipe will last 3-4 days in the fridge when stored correctly in an airtight container. I do not recommend freezing it.

Insanely Good Pineapple Fluff Recipe
Insanely Good Pineapple Fluff Recipe

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The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

The Best Pineapple Fluff Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Pineapple Fluff is a simple, yet delicious recipe that is beloved in the Midwest. It's the perfect recipe for bringing a touch of tropical paradise to any gathering.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple with juices (20 oz)
  • 1 small package instant vanilla pudding
  • 8 oz whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • 1 large can pineapple tidbits (20 oz)

Instructions

  1. Mix together the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a medium bowl. Press mixture in a 9" x 9" baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Using an electric beater, mix together the cream cheese, crushed pineapple, and vanilla pudding in a large bowl. After thoroughly combined, add in the whipped topping and beat again until well-mixed. Stir in the pineapple tidbits.
  3. Place the pineapple fluff into a serving bowl.
  4. Break apart the pretzel topping with a fork and top the pineapple fluff with the crunchy bits. Serve cold.

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