August 13, 2014

Fruit Cocktail Fluff {a.k.a. Easy Ambrosia Salad}

Three simple ingredients.  Incredibly easy.  And a family favorite comfort food.  Need I say more?  Whip up this creamy Fruit Cocktail Fluff today in no time.

Why is it that incredibly easy dishes are quite often the best?  It seems as though the simplest of things tend to be our favorites.  Like, as we call it in our family, this Fruit Cocktail Fluff.  I mean seriously, I hesitate to even call it a recipe.  But man alive, do I love it.  Recipe or not.

Three simple ingredients.

Less than 5 minutes to mix up.

With a little wait time in the refrig.

And that's the only  hard part of this 'recipe.'  The waiting.

But you've got to wait ... for everything to get 'right.'

See, the three simple ingredients are quite simply a can of fruit cocktail, some mini marshmallows, and Cool Whip.  During the 'waiting,' the marshmallows soak up juice from the fruit cocktail and moisture from the Cool Whip, and get all soft and mushy.

And 'right.'

The squishy-creamy-comfort-food kinda 'right.'

Which sometimes is just the kind of 'right' you need.

So, whether we call this a recipe or not is neither here nor there to me.  I just know that, like so many incredibly easy dishes, this  incredibly easy dish is a favorite.

And for me, that makes it just right.

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Fruit Cocktail Fluff {a.k.a. Easy Ambrosia Salad}

  • 1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail
  • 3 c. mini marshmallows {about 1/2 a bag}
  • About 1 c. Cool Whip {about 1/2 of an 8 oz. container}
  1. Drain fruit cocktail, but not well ... you want to leave a bit of the juice.
  2. Place fruit cocktail, marshmallows, and Cool Whip in a bowl. Stir gently until well combined.
  3. Refrigerate for at least six hours, or until marshmallows are soft, before serving.

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  1. Mmm, this looks delicious Tracey! Any kind of fluff is a favorite of mine, so I can't wait to try this!

  2. We love this Fluff, it is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a fabulous week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  3. I'm sure it would be ok to add coconut to this, right? I just love ambrosia with coconut.

  4. would i have to change directions if i added jello


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