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Easy Pineapple Pretzel Fluff (Dessert Salad)

Are you looking for an easy, delicious treat guaranteed to wow your guests? This pineapple pretzel fluff is the dessert for you!

This fun and tasty mash-up combines multiple flavors and textures in one dreamy dessert. 

Easy Pineapple Pretzel Fluff (Dessert Salad) featuring Pineapple pretzel fluff in a bowl topped with chopped pretzels.
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Pineapple pretzel fluff has a velvety cream cheese base loaded with bursts of fruity pineapple goodness. 

Crushed pretzels bring a salty, buttery contrast with a delightful crunch.

And the best part? You only need six ingredients and minimal preparation to make this indulgent treat. 

So read on and whip up this fabulous pineapple pretzel fluff today!

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Pineapple pretzel fluff is a crowd-pleasing dessert salad featuring pineapple and pretzels. This is ideal for those who love a sweet and salty combo.

It’s indulgent yet light and perfect for any occasion, from potlucks to family gatherings.

The dessert begins with a fluffy, cloud-like base made with cream cheese and whipped topping. Crushed pineapples add a burst of tropical sweetness.

A crunchy, buttery baked pretzel mixture completes the dessert. 

Each bite offers a delightful blend of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy elements. It leaves a memorable and satisfying experience on the palate.

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff ingredients: pretzels, crushed pineapple, butter, cream cheese and sugar.

Ingredients

  • Pretzels- They form the base and provide a delightful contrast to the creamy layers of the fluff.
  • Crushed Pineapples- A vital component of the fluff. It offers a sweet, juicy fruitiness that pairs well with pretzels and cream cheese.
  • Butter- For binding the crushed pretzels together, creating a firm and flavorful crust. I used unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Cream Cheese-  Serves as the base for the dessert, providing a rich and smooth texture.
  • Whipped Topping- Brings a light and fluffy texture to the dessert, creating a creamy and dreamy finish. You can use fresh whipped cream, too. 
  • Sugar – A portion is mixed with the crushed pretzels and the remaining amount for the cream cheese layer.

How to Make Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

1. Preheat the oven and prepare the pretzel mixture. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. 

2. Bake the pretzel mixture. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to form a crust. Bake for 7 minutes or until lightly toasted.

3. Prepare the cream cheese layer. Combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the pineapple and whipped topping, and whip until fluffed up.

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4. Chill and serve. Refrigerate the fluff for 1 hour (minimum), allowing the flavors to meld together.

5. Garnish. Garnish the pineapple pretzel fluff with additional crushed pretzels or pineapple chunks. This adds texture and visual appeal to every serving.

A bowl of pineapple pretzel fluff garnished with crushed pretzels.

Tips and Variations

Here are some tips to help you make the most delicious pineapple pretzel fluff:

  • Try it with fresh pineapple. Fresh is always best! Chop it into small chunks or try crushing it for the best texture.
  • Pick the best pretzels. Choose pretzels that are sturdy and have a good crunch. Avoid soft pretzels, as they may become soggy once combined with other ingredients.
  • Can’t find fresh pineapple? Canned pineapple will work just as well! In fact, the recipe calls for canned pineapple. Go for crushed pineapple or tidbits. You may have to cut the pineapple if you can only get large pieces.
  • Chilling time: After assembling the dessert, refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. This step lets the flavors meld, and the pretzels soften slightly without becoming mushy.
  • Garnish: Just before serving, garnish it with crushed pretzels, pineapple chunks, or shredded coconut.

Here are some delicious variations to enhance the flavor of your pineapple pretzel fluff:

  • Tropical Delight: Add more tropical flavors to your fluff by adding shredded coconut and sliced bananas.
  • Berry Bliss: Add fresh strawberries and blueberries for a burst of berry goodness. The mix of fruits creates a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • Creamy Lemon: Make it zesty by adding lemon zest or curd to the cream cheese mixture. The bright and refreshing lemon flavor pairs wonderfully with the creamy base
  • Nutty Delight: For added texture and flavor, add chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts into the fluff. The nutty crunch complements creamy pineapple and pretzel layers.
Top view of pineapple pretzel fluff with crushed pretzels on top in a bowl with a spoon.

How to Store

Pineapple pretzel fluff is a delicious dessert combining pineapple, pretzels, and whipped cream. 

Properly storing it will help maintain its taste and texture. 

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Choose an airtight container large enough to accommodate the fluff without crushing or squishing. A glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid or cling wrap works well.

2. Place the pretzel mixture in a separate airtight container. This step helps keep the pretzels from becoming too soggy from the cream cheese mixture.

3. Refrigerate the pineapple cream cheese mixture and pretzel mixture separately. Its texture and flavors will maintain its quality for 3 to 4 days.

4. Serve cold and enjoy. Scoop out the pineapple cream cheese mixture and stir in the crushed pretzels.

Easy Pineapple Pretzel Fluff (Dessert Salad)

Servings

12

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

334

kcal

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff is the best sweet and salty dessert! Every bite is creamy and tropical, with crunchy pretzel pieces throughout. And it’s easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar, divided

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple

  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius).
  • Mix the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Bake the pretzel mixture in the oven for 7 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the pineapple and whipped topping and mix until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the cream cheese mixture for at least an hour.
  • Break the pretzel mixture into small pieces and top the pineapple cream cheese mixture. Serve and enjoy!
Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Easy Pineapple Pretzel Fluff (Dessert Salad)”

  1. Yes I have a question on the recipe for the hot milk cake. I found a recipe for the same thing in one of my cookbooks and I’m really confused on the of amount of butter my recipe calls for 2 Tbs
    Yours calls for 10 Tbs. I I just want to know if yours is correct before I make this. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you so very much.

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    • Hi Deanna, this particular recipe definitely calls for 10 tablespoons of butter! It could be that the one in your cookbook produces a smaller cake?

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