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May 18, 2005 08:24 AM

Lo-cal dessert

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For Easter, I made a great dessert. It consisted of crushed pineapple, cool whip, Diet vanilla pudding. Now, I cannot remember if there were any other ingredients and whether or not to drain the pineapple. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Did it also involve coconut and/or mini marshmallows and/or marischino (sp???) cherries??? I'm going to guess that you have to drain the pineapple. Just a guess...

    4 Replies
    1. re: Jellybelly

      no, none of those items. I just went on Doles website, but had no luck. It appeared in a lot of newspapers and magazines a couple of weeks before Easter

      1. re: southshoresuzy

        :-( Sorry I can't be of more help!

        1. re: southshoresuzy

          Wow. I was sure this had to be a joke, someone looking to attract flames from all us food snobs.

          1. re: snackish

            Reading through the responses, I'm struck by how the Chowhounds have all dealt kindly but firmly with the OP and her 1950s Ladies' Home Journal concoction. Everyone has commented constructively and respectfully without encouraging further discussion of cool-whip. I'm actually really proud of us.

      2. I was always raised with this in mind:

        "thou shalt not serve desserts with artificial ingredients on Easter"

        1. Given the other ingredients, I'm positive you'll have to drain the pineapple. I don't like Cool Whip or packaged pudding (they taste like chemicals... "mmmm, polymers!") so I wouldn't have even glanced at the recipe, but from a dessert structure point of view, yes, you'll have to drain the fruit. Sounds like the kind of thing that would be served with Nilla wafers.

          Try making it with fresh pineapple -- lower in calories, way lower in sugar, and tastes better.

          1. It sounds like a perversion of a recipe for trifle. Joy of Cooking or any basic American cookbook will tell you how to make a trifle, with custard, fresh fruit, and whipped cream layered over a base of cubes of cake. Once you've made one, you'll never go back to Cool Whip and pudding mix--it's so much more satisfying to have a little of the real stuff than a vat of fake diet food!

            1. I actually make something, um, parallel? to this that I adore for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

              Peel and chop a mango, and squeeze the pit into the bowl so you're sure to get all the pulp and juice out. Stir in plain or vanilla yogurt (I use homemade 2% plain, but, you know, whatever), a dab of honey if your mango isn't very sweet, and some cardamom. Stir and let rest in the fridge for at least a half an hour.

              I can't tell you how wonderful this is, and refreshing--a real, easy, summer dish that takes advantage of very simple ingredients. Mix it with granola or Grape Nuts if you're having it for breakfast.