Piña Colada Fluff

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This Piña Colada Fluff recipe is incredibly bright in flavor and full of tidbits of pineapple! You’ll love this piña colada salad that comes together in minutes with just a handful of simple ingredients. Made with maraschino cherries, cream cheese, and Cool Whip, this tropical pineapple cheesecake salad is the perfect addition to any meal. 

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Piña Colada Fluff

Do you ever just get an intense craving for something oh, so tropical and sweet? The perfect addition to summer potlucks, BBQs, parties, and picnics, this coconut fluff recipe is really just filled with delicious flavors and it comes together in a jiffy! Don’t forget about my other pineapple fluff recipe that has pretzels mixed with it, yum. 

The combination of pineapple and coconut just brings you back to sitting on a beach and enjoying the warm sunshine. That’s exactly what this piña colada fluff is: a bowl of sunshine. 


Two bowls of pineapple fluff with cherries and diced pineapple

Why You’re Going to Love this Piña Colada Dessert

  • So easy to make with just a handful of simple ingredients. This fluff recipe quickly comes together! 
  • Perfect for feeding a crowd for baby or wedding showers, luncheons, and so much more. 
  • Great to make ahead- simply make it a day in advance and place it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Sliced pineapple, diced pineapple, and bowl of cherries

Ingredients Needed for Piña Colada Salad

Cream cheese- You’ll want to make sure your cream cheese is softened to room temperature. Feel free to use reduced-fat. 
Sugar- Granulated sugar is what you will need for this piña colada fluff.
Coconut extract- Coconut extract can be found at your local baking store or in the baking aisle at the grocery store! You can even find it on Amazon.
Pineapple- Both crushed and pineapple tidbits are needed for this recipe. So you’ll need a can of crushed pineapple and a separate can of tidbits.
Coconut cream instant pudding mix- Make sure to get the small box! This can be found next to the baking section at the grocery store.
Flaked coconut- Sweetened flaked coconut is what I used for this recipe, but even unsweetened coconut could work.
Cool Whip- The container of Cool Whip needs to be thawed before using it!
Marshmallows- I like to use miniature marshmallows in this recipe for extra texture and fluff.
Cherries- Maraschino cherries are drained and halved to add a sweet compliment to this recipe.

Bowl of Cool Whip and ingredients for pineapple fluff recipe

How do you make Piña Colada Fluff Salad?

For the full steps, scroll down to the recipe card.

Top view of Cool Whip and sugar in bowl

Beat the cream cheese: First, beat the cream cheese, extract, and sugar until fluffy.


Clear bowl of pineapple and sugar in clear bowl

Combine the pineapple: Combine crushed pineapple, pudding mix, and coconut together. 


Piña colada and Cool Whip in clear bowl

Cool Whip: Fold in the Cool Whip.


Bowl of white piña colada fluff with cherries

Stir in cream cheese: Then, stir in the cream cheese mixture.

Add the pineapple: Next, fold in the drained pineapple tidbits and marshmallows. Finally, fold in the cherries.

Bowl of piña colada fluff with cherries and sliced pineapple

Serve: Then, chill until ready to serve.


Cherries on a baking sheet


  • After halving the cherries, set them on a paper towel to remove the juice so the salad doesn’t appear streaky.
  • You could substitute vanilla extract for coconut extract if you don’t have any. You will just not have as intense of a coconut flavor.
  • Fresh pineapple will work in this recipe, however, if it doesn’t produce enough juice, you’ll need to add some pineapple juice. 
  • Make sure to thaw the Cool Whip prior to trying to use it in this recipe, or else it just won’t work.


Bowl of pineapple fluff with cherries and diced pineapples

Best Pot Luck Salad

Fluff salads are like a magnet. Everyone is drawn to them. So anytime you are asked to “bring a salad,” know that you can’t go wrong with this recipe!

I like to call sweet salads like this dessert salads. They can double for both courses. 


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff in a white bowl

Other delicious Fluff Salad Recipes

Cheers to Piña Colada Fluff! The salad is like sunshine in a bowl!  M.

Top view of piña colada fluff salad with cherries
5 from 6 votes
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Pina Colada Fluff

Pineapple, coconut marshmallow fluff - it's like a dream. A dessert salad that is full of tropical flavors of the islands.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 3/4 ounce package instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 20 ounce can pineapple tidbits, well-drained
  • 2 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries drained, halved


  • Beat cream cheese, extract and sugar until fluffy.
  • In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple (with juice), pudding mix, and coconut together. Mix until combined.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Stir in cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture.
  • Fold in drained pineapple tidbits and marshmallows. Finally, fold in **halved maraschino cherries. (** see notes)
  • Chill until ready to serve.


**after halving the cherries, set them on a paper towel to remove the juice so
that the salad doesn’t look streaky.


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  1. Fluff salad brings back so many happy memories from my childhood. Time I make one myself! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Ooh I’ve never had fluff but this looks delicious! How do you eat it, just on a plate with a spoon or on top of crackers/pancakes/wafers or something else?

  3. Yessss… I can’t have pina coladas this summer since I’m pregnant, but I will for sure be snacking on this all summer long!

  4. This looks delicious. I love the combination of pineapple with cream cheese. Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

  5. This pinã colada fluff looks amazing and I’m always craving something tropical. It’s so perfect for summer barbecues.

  6. Yummy! This was such a big hit and super delicious! I love the flavors and perfect treat for my hubby!

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