Strawberry Fluff is a sweet and creamy old-fashioned favorite!

Is it a side dish or a dessert? Is it a fruit dip or a pie filling? This debate has raged on for decades. Who doesn’t have memories of eating this sweet creamy treat growing up? Loaded with mini marshmallows and real berries, strawberry fluff is one of those vintage recipes that belong in every home cook’s recipe box!

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Strawberry Fluff

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  • Bright red strawberry Jello is what makes this strawberry fluff recipe is so fun and colorful! Make it in just one bowl, chill, and then watch it disappear!
  • Barbecues, picnics, and potlucks must have a fun dish like this berry fluff for kids and grown-ups alike!
  • Strawberry fluff salad is not only quick and easy to make with items that are probably already in the pantry, but it’s also a perfect make-ahead side dish, salad, or dessert.

Strawberry fluff ingredients and whipped topping folded into a strawberry jello mixture.

What Is Strawberry Fluff Made Of?

DAIRY – Plain yogurt is used to mix with the Jello powder, but strawberry yogurt can be used for extra fruity flavor. Or use Greek-style yogurt for a thicker salad which is the perfect texture for a no-bake tart or pie filling. Cream cheese whipped with some milk can also be used in place of yogurt.

JELLO – Strawberry Jello powder gives this dessert its signature color, flavor and texture. It’s uniquely creamy and sweet, and a real show stopper!

FRUIT – Chunks of fresh strawberries make this fruit salad so pretty. For a heartier and healthier Jello salad or a dessert with a tropical flair, fold in drained pineapple, blueberries (4th of July dessert idea?) or sliced grapes.

EXTRAS – For crunch and extra flavor, add some sliced almonds or flaked coconut. Make nuts and coconut extra crunchy by toasting them in a small, dry pan until they are barely fragrant but will intensify their flavor!

Process to make Strawberry Fluff salad

How To Make Strawberry Fluff

Five easy ingredients and one bowl are all it takes to make this dreamy, creamy dessert!

  1. Prepare and chop strawberries.
  2. Whisk together yogurt and Jello powder, as per the recipe below.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients, cover, and chill until ready to serve.

PRO TIP: Garnish with additional sliced strawberries or top with mini pretzels.

Tips, Tricks, and Time Savers!

Forgot to thaw the whip topping? Place the frozen container in a shallow bowl with warm water and it will be thawed in about 3 minutes. Save leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator. Stir before serving again.

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Strawberry Fluff

Light, creamy and extra fluffy this strawberry fluff combines a mixture of jello, cool whip and strawberries to create a side dish everyone will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 small box strawberry Jell-O
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 3 cups strawberries chopped

Instructions 

  • Combine Jell-O and yogurt in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Garnish with additional strawberries if desired.

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Notes

1 can of crushed pineapple (drained) can be added if desired.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Hello, I see several comments mentioning the use of vanilla pudding but do not see that in the recipe anywhere? Has the recipe been changed to use just plain yogurt? If so how was it made with the pudding? And is the plain yogurt like the plain Greek yogurt? I don’t often buy yogurt so I want to make sure I get the right thing. Thank you!

    1. Hi Emily! The recipe has been updated for ease and improved flavor and consistency in January 2022. You can use regular plain yogurt or use Greek-style yogurt for a thicker salad which is the perfect texture for a no-bake tart or pie filling. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is super easy and very tasty! Will be trying it with orange jello and mandarin oranges too! ( I even tried it with sugar free jello packet and it came out superb!)

    1. Ooo! An orange version sounds delicious, Karen. You will have to let us know what you think.

  3. Can you use frozen strawberries instead of fresh one’s. I’m definitely gonna try it with them as well as using cheesecake pudding. It’s gonna be called strawberry cheesecake delight or fluff.

    1. While I have only made the recipe as written, I think that would work. If there is some liquid, you may want to add less other liquid or add in more marshmallows to get the consistency. Enjoy Joey!

  4. HELP!! My jello didn’t set. Can I add more vanilla pudding to thicken it up. It’s a little too runny even tho  I DID put in refrig all night. If anyone has a solution I would greatly appreciate some feedback but quick!

    1. I haven’t had that problem, but think that your idea would help somewhat, as would adding more marshmallows.

    2. The recipe doesn’t require any water with the jello…You mix the jello dry packet with the container of yogurt…Then add the other ingredients, marshmallows, strawberries, cool whip…there should be no “setting” of the jello.

  5. Looks delicious. For those of us without access to US market items, what is whipped topping? Would whipped cream work?

  6. 5 stars
    Looks amazing on vaction in Panama City and the hubby bday is on the 13th I’m so going to make this for his B-Day he don’t like strawberries but me and the kiddo love them so it’s a win win on his B-Day lol thanks for sharing ….
    God Bless…

  7. Yes. Add sliced banana instead. Add 1/2 c. Cranberry juice to replace pineapple juice. Yes, can also use cut up angel food cake to replace marshmallows.

    1. Instruction number 2 says to put it in the fridge for 10 minutes or until it begins to set. Hope that helps!

    2. The Jello packet and the yogurt adhere right away…there is no need to wait to “set” it. There’s no liquid involved.

    1. Crushed ice helps the jello set. Faye, if you have only ice cubes, I’d suggest that you crush them a little before adding it to make sure it dissolves well. You could put them in a ziploc bag and pound them with a mallet or pan to crush them. Hope that helps!

    1. I have only tried it as written, so I can’t say for sure. Let us know how it works out if you try it!

    1. I have only tried it as written, so I can’t say for sure. Let us know how it works out if you try it!

    2. I do not think you could use cooked pudding. I would wait to try it until you have the instant pudding. the larger jell-o will work, but then use the larger size pudding also. I would also adjust the other ingredients so you will just end up with a larger end product.

    1. The marshmallows soak up some of the liquid causing the dish to thicken slightly and adding a bit of sweetness, so it would not be quite the same.

  8. I made the strawberry fluff for dessert tonight, and it’s wonderful!!! Hubby, kids and grandkids couldn’t get enough, and hubby already informed me that I need to keep the necessary ingredients on hand at all times! Thank you for a quick, easy and delicious recipe! <3

  9. I can’t eat pineapples; what would be a good substitution if any, or can it go without them completely?

    1. I have only tried it as written, but think you could replace it with another crushed fruit. I would not recommend leaving it out completely. Let us know how it turns out!

    1. The marshmallows soak up some of the liquid causing the dish to thicken slightly and adding a bit of sweetness, so it would not be quite the same.

  10. Can you leave out the pineapple? My daughter is allergic to citrus fruits and misses out on all the “good stuff”. Looks yummy!

    1. I have only tried it as written, but if you leave out the pineapple, I’d suggest you’d want to replace it with another crushed fruit. Let us know how it works out Marie!