Strawberry Fluff

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Strawberry Fluff is a family favorite recipe for potlucks and picnics.  Sweet juicy strawberries mixed in a delicious creamy base makes a perfect side or dessert.

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Strawberry Fluff

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If you’ve never had a fluff salad before you’re going to LOVE this! It’s soft, fluffy and loaded with strawberries and cream flavor.

In my family we just call it fluff but a lot of people refer to this as a Strawberry Fluff Salad.  I honestly don’t know why they called this a Strawberry Fluff Salad because it’s not a salad in the sense we think of a typical salad.  To me it’s more like a dessert but makes a perfect side dish for any potluck. (If you’ve ever had a watergate salad, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about)!

The addition of the strawberry gelatin boosts the strawberry flavor from the fresh strawberries (and adds a pretty pink color to this recipe).

Strawberry fluff ingredients

While some versions of fluff call for cottage cheese in the ingredients, this version uses pudding mix and whipped topping to create a delicious creamy base.  As this dish sits in the refrigerator, the marshmallows soak up some of the liquid causing the dish to thicken slightly and adding a bit of sweetness.

I always make this fluff recipe with Cool Whip because it’s quick and easy and holds up well.  If you prefer to use fresh cream instead, just whip it until thick and fold in as desired.

Strawberry fluff in a glass dish with a spoon and a strawberry on top

This dish has a strawberries and cream flavor that everyone always loves! While I make this with strawberries, you can use any combination of fruit you like from peaches to mandarin oranges.

It does need to sit in the refrigerator at least one hour but can definitely be made up to 24 hours ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

Strawberry fluff in a glass dish with a spoon and a strawberry on top
3.69 from 29 votes
Servings: 8
Strawberry Fluff
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 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!

  • 1 small box strawberry jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding 4 servings size
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 8 oz whipped topping thawed
  • 16 oz strawberries chopped
  1. Place jello in a medium bowl. Add boiling water and stir until dissolved.

  2. Add ice and stir until melted. Place into refrigerator for 10 minutes or until it begins to set.

  3. Place pineapple in a separate large bowl (do not drain).  Add vanilla pudding mix well. Add all remaining ingredients and stir.

  4. Fold jello into the whipped topping mixture until smooth.

  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 289, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 170mg, Potassium: 203mg, Carbohydrates: 63g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 52g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 65%, Vitamin C: 40%, Calcium: 41%, Iron: 0.5%

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

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64 comments on “Strawberry Fluff”

  1. 5 stars
    How many servings is this recipe?

  2. 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.

    • 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!

  3. With the vanilla pudding do you mix it as directed on the box with milk or just the box of pudding 

  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!

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

  6. 4 stars
    Could this be frozen?

  7. 5 stars
    I made this and it turned out well it was the perfect desert thank you for this recipe

  8. I’ve seem it with canned blueberries or cherries.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. How long does the Jello have to set in the refrigerator, before you mix it with the other stuff

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

  12. In all the fluffs I have ever made, I add the jello dry. Could I do that with this recipe?

  13. Do you have to use the crushed ice?

    • 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!

  14. Do you think a jar of marshmallow fluff could be used instead of the mini marshmallows?

  15. All I have is a big box of Jell-O and cook and serve pudding…do you think that’s ok?

    • 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!

    • 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.

  16. Do u have to use marshmallows 

    • 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.

  17. I make a variation of this and I add chopped pecans or walnuts for a nice crunch.

  18. 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

  19. Does pudding mix need to be made with milk ?….or just add straight from box !

  20. Love this site

  21. Must try this, sounds delightful!

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

    • 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!

  23. That strawberry fluff looks so deliciuos

  24. New family favorite

  25. Wonderful recipes!

  26. Can’t wait to make it

  27. looks so delightful I want to make it

  28. Will this recipe ‘work’ without the marshmallows in it ?

    • 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.

  29. Mine was not thick enough. What can I add to make it thicker.

  30. They all sound so good. Strawberry Fluff is so easy to make.

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

    • 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!

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