Heavenly Hash: A Simple, Everyday Dessert with COOL WHIP

My children love dessert.  My husband says they got their sweet tooth from me, but I think they get it naturally, from their grandmothers.  My own grandmother certainly had a sweet tooth, and some of my fondest memories are when I would spend a week with her at her home in Durham, and we would whip up an easy dessert using COOL WHIP whipped topping.  She had several in her recipe box, and the best part of cooking with her each summer is that I used to sneak a little finger tasting of COOL WHIP before it was tossed in with the rest of the ingredients.

Fast forward thirty-five years, and I’m trying to make some of the same type of memories with my children that I made with my grandma.  My son never got the opportunity to meet my dad or his great-grandmother, but he does share a quality that they both had: He loves to cook.

I remember my dad making a great fruit dessert using COOL WHIP as the main ingredient.  He would mix the topping with coconut, marshmallows, and fruit. It was simple and delicious.  I’m fairly certain that he grew up having this everyday dessert often, especially during the summer months. I never made it with my grandmother, but I certainly remember eating it at a lot of family reunions.

My family is now making this special COOL WHIP dessert. I don’t have the exact recipe that my father or grandmother used, but one of my church cookbooks had something very similar to my family’s recipe.  My dad used mandarin oranges, but we’re whipping up this everyday delight with pineapple today.  The taste is old-fashioned, but I’m serving it with a modern, cosmopolitan twist.

Heavenly Hash

1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits, well drained
2 cups COOL WHIP whipped cream, thawed
1 cup of sweetened coconut
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
3 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Garnish with Chess cookie.

This dessert needs to chill an hour before serving, so we make it in the afternoon, and then it’s ready that evening for dessert, or it can even be served as an afternoon treat on a Sunday as soon as it is ready. 

It’s simple.  It’s delicious! And I love that my children are going to have special summer COOL WHIP memories just like me.

Updated: December 2018

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