Awesome Ambrosia for a Crowd

"This is a quick rich and yummy ambrosia. Made it just the other day for an anniversary at work and everyone loved it. Rich and creamy its a great dessert in the summertime. This recipe feeds anywhere for 12 to 20 depending on how hungry you are :) Cooking time is overnight in the fridge"
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Ready In:
24hrs 20mins




  • Strain your pineapple and orange segments to get rid of extra juice. (I sometimes press on top of friut lightly to help this). You want your fruit as drained as possible, runny ambrosia is yucky :) add the cherries.
  • Then sprinkle about 2/3 of the vanilla pudding over your fuit, this adds flavor and also will help firm up the ambrosia.
  • Next fold in the cool whip and the sour cream. Add the coconut, you can use more or less depending on how much you like coconut.
  • Mix all together.
  • Now I refrigerate overnight and then about 4 or 5 hours before you are ready to serve (in the morning is good)I add the marshmallows. This keeps them from getting too mushy. You can of course add them at the same time as the coconut. It's just a matter of preference.

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  1. teresas
    I made this for a pot luck during a motocross event...I also increased the amounts to make 18-30 servings...there was just a cup left at the end of the day...thank goodness...the hubby and I enjoyed the leftovers the next day...this is a keeper...
    all I had was banana pudding. I also subbed homeade whipped cream for cool whip. 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 Tbsp sugar and tsp vanilla. And 1 cup chopped pecans. This is keeper!! ALSO GLUTEN FREE! Thanks for the recipe Carb Lover!
  3. ladyfingers
    My holiday salads are usually flops. Carb Lover's good directions guarantee this tasty ambrosia will turn out perfect. Everyone loved it. I agree with another reviewer--keep it simple yet delicious. That description describes this excellent ambrosia.
  4. Chefto3
    I just made this for a BBQ we had on Memorial Day. I changed the recipe a little because I didn't have vanilla pudding on hand and I had a mixture of crushed and sliced pineapple. I also used light sour cream and you couldn't tell the difference. In the end it turned out delicous! Everyone loved it. I will try this again with the pudding. Either way, this recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Marshall Alum
    Perfect! Needs NO alterations. After years of stressing over complicated recipes for entertaining, I have recently learned to keep it simple. This is simple and delicious. What could be better? Very pretty in a crystal dish.



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