Cranberry Fluff Recipe
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Cranberry Fluff Recipe

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This fluffy fruit salad gets its sweet-tart flavor from cranberries and whipped cream. We like it because it's not as sweet as many other "fluffs." I'm often asked for the secret to this luscious holiday salad. -Lavonne Hartel, Williston, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups diced unpeeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup halved green grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 221 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein


  1. Place cranberries in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; add marshmallows and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Just before serving, stir in the apples, grapes, nuts and salt. Fold in whipped cream. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Fluff in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p41

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I make this every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving. It's my family's favorite and is also the most requested recipe of anything I make and take to dinners. I always have to double the recipe because everyone wants more."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"This recipe has been in my husband's family f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and I am currently the keeper of the famous Fluff recipe. Our recipe is slightly different than the one above. First, I've found the 12 oz. bag of cranberries makes 3 ground cups, and that's plenty. It's easy to freeze the cranberries ahead of time, and food process frozen. Also, since we want a Fluff-y, cloud-like texture, we don't use the grapes, but we do make sure the apple, 1 stalk of celery, and at least 1 banana are finely chopped. A small can of very well-drained crushed pineapple is added too for sweetness and consistency. It's a beautiful salad. Easy to make. So requested! For us, it isn't Thanksgiving or Christmas without the Fluff!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"LOVE THIS, Beautiful for Christmas, but if you want to make this later in the year buy your cranberries when in seanson and freez them. My sister-in law doesn't like cranberries BUt she likes this"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I have made this recipe since it appeared in the Oct/Nov Issue of TOH 2002. It is wonderful. I have to make it every year now."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This is a family favorite. I make it evey year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The flavor is outstanding, a nice balance of sweet and tart. I have served this as a side dish with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and also on the dessert table. It is a really nice balance to all the sweet, heavy desserts."

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