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Pistachio Pineapple Fluff (Watergate Pudding)

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff – aka Watergate Pudding, is a luscious holiday dessert of whipped topping, pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallow and pistachios.

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff - aka Watergate Pudding, is a luscious holiday dessert of whipped topping, pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallow and pistachios.

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff (Watergate Pudding)

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff is a super simple dessert made from just 5 ingredients. Pistachio pudding mix, crushed pineapple, whipped topping, marshmallows and pistachio nuts are folded together and then chilled. That’s it! I like to throw a some extra nuts on top before serving, to make it extra crunchy and delicious.

I first learned of this yummy dessert when my mother-in-law served a giant (think 5-gallon bucket) batch of it during my first Thanksgiving with their family. It was too many years to think about. Anyway, this amazing dessert did the impossible…it made my favorite pistachios taste even better! I’ve made it every holiday season since then.

If you love easy fluff desserts, you’ve got to try Easy Cherry Pineapple Fluff and Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff too.

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff - aka Watergate Pudding, is a luscious holiday dessert of whipped topping, pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallow and pistachios.

Why’s it called Watergate Pudding?

This is a dish with many names, like Watergate Salad, Pistachio Delight and Shut The Gate Salad. Kraft created a recipe for it’s new pistachio pudding mix in 1975 called “Pistachio Pineapple Delight”. The recipe came out during the Watergate scandal and the public renaming of this dish was part of the trend to call recipes satirical names from the politics of the day.

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How To Make Pistachio Pineapple Fluff (Watergate Pudding)

I can’t stress this enough…this is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts you’ll ever make. Mix, chill and eat. Simple, right?

  1. Gather your 5 ingredients.
  2. Open pudding box(es) and dump into a large bowl.
  3. Open can of pineapple (in it’s own juice) and dump both pineapple and juice into the bowl with the pudding. Stir together until pudding starts to thicken.
  4. Fold in whipped topping (cool whip), mini marshmallows and pistachios until combined and no white streaks remain.
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve.

Ingredients Needed For This Recipe

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff - aka Watergate Pudding, is a luscious holiday dessert of whipped topping, pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallow and pistachios.

Can Pistachio Pineapple Fluff Be Made Ahead

Sure can. This recipe can be made up to 1 day ahead. Store covered in the refrigerator until serving.

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Pistachio Pineapple Fluff

Pistachio Pineapple Fluff – aka Watergate Pudding, is a luscious holiday dessert of whipped topping, pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallow and pistachios.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 201kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 20 ounce crushed pineapple, packed in juice, from a can, do not drain
  • 2 (3.4) ounce boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 8 ounce non-dairy whipped topping
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pistachios, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place pineapple and juice into a large bowl. Stir in pistachio pudding mix and stir until juice starts to thicken.
  • Fold in whipped topping and marshmallows until evenly distributed. Fold in pistachios.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow pudding mix to completely dissolve.
  • Fluff with a spoon and garnish with additional pistachios before serving.
  • Store leftovers in a tightly covered container in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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