Pistachio Fluff – Nance & Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Pistachio Fluff, found over at Secrets of a Southern Kitchen. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was Nance’s choice. I do not EVEN know what possessed her to want to make it, but I suspect that perhaps she’s baiting Amanda, who MUST be having a coronary over the idea of us calling this a “recipe.” (Who’s Amanda? Read her comment here.) We should have an “Amanda-baiting” category, shouldn’t we?

My parents were visiting last week, and Nance pointed out that Fluff is something that would be good to serve for company, so I made it for dessert one night while they were here.

I didn’t have all (well, ANY) ingredients on hand, so I asked Fred to stop at the grocery store on his way home. When he got home, he gave me the suspicious side-eye and said “Are you making Watergate Salad?”

I’d never heard of Watergate Salad, so I looked it up. Apparently Watergate Salad is very similar to Pistachio Fluff, except that Watergate Salad also has miniature marshmallows and pecans in it. In case you were wondering.

So, the ingredients:

Pistachio Fluff (1)

20 oz can of crushed pineapple, 1 pkg (3.4 oz) of pistachio pudding mix, 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip.

Pistachio Fluff (2)

Drain your pineapple.

Pistachio Fluff (3)

Put your pineapple in a bowl or plastic container and dump the pudding mix on top.

Pistachio Fluff (4)

Stir the pudding mix and pineapple together. That is some fluorescent green shit, ain’t it? I was wondering if it was going to give me superpowers (spoiler: it didn’t. HMPH.)

Pistachio Fluff (5)

Stir in the Cool Whip, and then refrigerate for at least a couple of hours so that the flavors can blend and meld and whatever. Serve.

Pistachio Fluff (6)

The verdict? It was good. It certainly could have used miniature marshmallows and pecans, though, that probably would have made it perfect. It tasted familiar to me, so I’m thinking I’ve had it at some point in the past. My mother said she thought she’d made it before, but wasn’t sure. Will I make it again? Probably not. I had the one bowl of it, and that was enough for me.

I also sincerely doubt that Fred will request it, though perhaps he’ll have a flashback to his church days (you KNOW they serve big vats of this stuff at church functions) and start asking for it. (Doubt it.)

PS: This would have been a good recipe to have on St. Patrick’s Day, actually. Wish I’d thought of that!


Nance’s Take:

I was going to say that I picked this recipe because it’s a good one for Easter, but I can’t lie. I wasn’t even thinking about Easter when I was trying to figure out what recipes I needed to choose for DCEP. I was really just thinking about the food that is served at baby and wedding showers. As much as I loathe going to those functions I sure do love the food! I also grew up in the Lutheran church and that means we had a potluck dinner just about every time an old lady got a fart cross-wise (shout-out to Pap) and, of course, everybody knows that Lutherans are all about JELL-O salads and mystery fluffs.

I vaguely remember that years ago I ate one of the green concoctions and really liked it. I was determined to find the recipe for it even without having a name or ingredient list. Well. I quickly found out that the one I was thinking of so fondly was definitely not the one that involved lime JELL-O and carrots. HOLY FUCK, THAT SHIT IS GROSS. It was also not the one that has miniature marshmallows in it because I actually hate those freaking ones. Shirley loves all of them. But she’s a freaking weirdo that also loves cauliflower and will order it in a restaurant. On purpose.

Are you picking up what I’m laying down?

Thinking about all those fluffs made me think that maybe I should give Google a chance at helping me find a food from my youth. Sure enough, Google came through.


I was a little leery of it being only three ingredients with minimal directions and then I checked myself because it’s only a delicacy to my low class taste-buds.


I hate waiting for pineapple to drain. It seems to take so damn long!


Getting an action shot while trying to dump this pudding out of the package was a huge pain in the ass. I am so put-upon.


Cool colors.


How stupid am I that I used a whisk? Do not be like me.


Do not panic if you see dark things that look like bugs in there. What? I didn’t panic. I just said, “WHATTHEFUCK?!”  Really loud.

They’re pieces of nuts. Pistachio is a nut. Duh.

Hey, it was a long day.


Didn’t even try with the whipped cream. No action shot for you!


Almost looks like leprechaun diarrhea, huh?


Fancy. This from the lady that gave you the leprechaun diarrhea visual. You’re welcome.


It was really good. Really, really good. So good that I’m sure I’ll be making it again. The best part? This didn’t even take five minutes to make and that’s including the time it took for the freaking pineapple to drain.


And get real with that whole wine glass thing. Toss that shit in some Rubbermaid and call it a day.

I only put this here so that Amanda won’t put me on blast.

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Pistachio Fluff - Nance & Robyn make the same recipe
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Original Source/Author:
: dessert
Cuisine: Church?
Serves: 8?
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1 3.4 oz box Pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip (or similar whipped topping)
  1. Drain pineapple. Dump pineapple into a mixing bowl or plastic container with lid (you're going to be refrigerating this stuff). Top with dry Pistachio pudding mix.
  2. Mix pineapple and pudding until well combined.
  3. Add Cool Whip and stir until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving.



Pistachio Fluff – Nance & Robyn make the same recipe — 41 Comments

  1. Saw the ingredients photo pop up in my blog reader and instantly assumed you were making Watergate Salad (fist bump, Fred!). Also knew I wouldn’t be making or eating any of this. My mother made this for countless potlucks and family gatherings in the 70s and 80s, except that I am fairly positive she used walnuts instead of pecans. Wouldn’t touch it then, won’t touch it now. It’s probably just a rebellion against my Lutheran upbringing, or that it’s green pineapple.

    You get five stars for that photo, though.

  2. What if the pineapple were red/pink? Would you eat it then? I liked that this was so easy to whip together (Amanda!), but my mother and I were the only two that ate it (Rick wouldn’t go near it). And I think I would really like it if there was cream cheese in it, but my fat ass doesn’t need the extra calories.

    Now I’m sitting here wondering what Shirley took to potlucks. I can’t remember one thing that she made so I’m guessing her mother-in-law covered her ass with something. 😀

  3. I grew up Lutheran (in Pittsburgh too) and I never heard of Pistachio Fluff or Watergate Salad – my Mom made German Potato Salad for the potlucks. I won’t be making this fluff because I can’t even stand the smell of pineapple. Bleeeeccch. It does look pretty though.

    Back in the 70’s/80’s, my mother made a Watergate cake that was wonderful. It had Jello pistachio pudding in it and I think 7Up too. mmmmmmmm

    I agree with Kelly – 5 stars for the Simpleton pic.

    • What is wrong with you that you can’t stand the smell of pineapple? It is one of THE BEST fruits on the planet!

      A watergate cake made with 7Up? That sounds so good to me. Shirley brought home a pistachio cream pie (please don’t ask me why, it’s like having a turkey dinner 2 days before Thanksgiving) and it SUCKED SO BAD. Absolutely gross (from a local chain diner-type restaurant, I bet you know who I’m talking about – Eat ‘N Barf). But a cake would probably be fantastic!

      Thanks for the 5 stars on the photo. I should probably not push my luck, I’m pretty sure Robyn has some of me that are more than cringe-worthy!

      • IMHO – the only food smell worse than pineapple is banana. double bleeeccch. I must be fruit impaired.

        Ah yes…Eat ‘N Puke. I have to go there about once a week…my youngest niece loves it. She leaves those smiley cookies in the back seat of my car until they could be used as hockey pucks.

        I found a recipe for the 7Up Watergate cake. It is very simple and very good. I am stupid – can’t figure out how to make the url link.


  4. “Almost looks like leprechaun diarrhea, huh?”

    This made my coffee go down the wrong pipe, choking ensued! Such an unexpected description 🙂

    I love all these kind of fluffs, I’m from the Midwest, where they also enjoy their jello salads.

    • I’m sorry about the wrong pipe thing, but just the thought of “pipes” made me think about diarrhea again because at least your pipes weren’t “stopped” up and…


      I’m glad I’m not the only one that likes fluffs and jello salads. At least I’m in good company!

      • This got me wondering what the correct name is so I had to go look it up in my recipes…Green Jello Cottage Cheese Pineapple Salad. No wonder we just called it green stuff! First you mix the cottage cheese and jello together, then add crushed pineapple, then the whipped topping. Yum!

  5. Southerners eat jello at potlucks too – we just call them congealed salads. 🙂 I however have refrained from eating any of them because I don’t like nuts and almost every one of them I’ve ever seen has nuts in them.

    • Oh, I’ve never had one with nuts! I don’t know how I feel about my jello being crunchy (heh, I wrote the word crunk at first). I have a Christy Jordan cookbook that had a recipe for a congealed salad, but I passed it by (the name, just icked me out). Now that I know it’s a Jello salad I’ll have to try it out. Thanks!

    • My mother makes something called Cranberry Salad every year for Christmas. I cannot for the life of me remember what’s in it, but I’m pretty sure there’s Jello, pineapple, cranberry sauce, and some kind of nut. Walnuts? Now I need to get the recipe from her because THAT stuff, I love. I’m thinking it all depends on what you grew up eating!

      • Robyn – my mother makes a red congealed salad for most holiday meals. Very likely the same one your mom makes. 🙂

        Also – when I read this the other day I was thinking about a pink fluff that one of the wives sends for any potlucks we have at work. All the women here LOVE it so she sent in the recipe. I tried to find it online and could only find the pink fluff recipes that are mentioned below and knew they weren’t this. So went home and found my copy. She actually calls it Peach Fluff, but even under that name I can’t find the recipe online to link. If you guys want it – let me know. It’s really yummy!!!

  6. ahhhhh the memories of potlucks, baby/wedding showers, etc, etc. You could probably ask any random person if they have ever eaten or seen this dish and 99.9 % will say yes. Of course they will be differing opinions on whether they like it or not. I think trying more of these recipes would be fun regardless of how Amanda would feel. There is nothing wrong with them.

  7. This seems really strange but I love all 3 components so I am gonna give it a try.

    I grew up Southern Baptist so all we had at potlucks were guns and judgment.

    (5 stars for the lobster hat picture of Robyn)

  8. 1. I think Leprechaun Diarrhea is a better name than Fluff, but I come from a weird family

    2. I never knew there were actually pistachios in pistachio pudding mix! That makes it healthy, right?

  9. Robyn, this tastes familiar because you ate the infamous Pineapple Fluff at Weetacon!! It is not green, but it is DEEEEELICIOUS.

    • Pineapple Fluff was way better because it included those damn pretzels!! Also, I think there was more stuff in the Pineapple Fluff, maybe sour cream?

  10. My grandmother would make this with walnuts and lime Jell-o. I continue to make it, but I use pecans instead of the walnuts because walnuts make me break out in canker sores. I usually make this once a year. Love this stuff. “Muh’s Great Green Salad”. The lime mixes nicely with the pineapple.

  11. I absolutely had to make this today. I feel like this was a big thing in the 70s. My mom used to make it (without marshmallows or pecans), only she spooned it into a graham cracker crust and then put it in the freezer. We used to have it in the summer. It’s just as yummy as I remember, although I think the graham cracker crust gives it a little something extra.

  12. In my corner of the south, all my dad’s aunties and cousins would make this with fruit cocktail and strawberry jello and call it ‘ambrosia’. It was an excellent accompaniment to guns and judgement. Washed down with some Mt Dew.

  13. ew.
    Thank gawd I live in a province that does not make this. lol
    I have seen green jello with mini marshmallows in it, though.

  14. My mother-in-law has been making this at holidays for the last 30 years (at least). She does add the marshmallows, though. My son could eat his weight in it. We call it “green stuff”. (I don’t usually write in such disjointed short sentences.)

    (Regarding comment #18 from siten: Exactly WHAT “kind of committee assist to lots of people”? I must know.)

  15. Weight Watchers has several versions of “fluff”. You can use fat free or lite cool whip and sugar free/fat free instant pistachio puddng. By the way, I like the new look for the site! Thanks ladies for having it. I look forward every week for new posts.

  16. I feel deprived – we grew up Lutheran, and in the South, and I never went to a potluck until I was a grown-up (and it wasn’t associated with church). Maybe they had potlucks and never invited us? Or maybe (and more likely), my Mom never wanted to go to a potluck, so she never mentioned it to the rest of us. Regardless, I only like the pineapple part of this recipe, so doubt I will be taking it to any future potlucks (Amanda knows pineapple by itself is neither a recipe or a potluck dish)

  17. I make this and we all love it but we do not drain the pineapple and only buy the one packed in its own juice. Try it

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