I am not big on ambrosia usually, but this stuff is great. It turns out pink because of the cherries, so it is great for Christmas, Valentines, girl's tea parties, etc. Serve in clear footed dishes, and it makes it extra pretty. Not too sure of can/container sizes, just use the regular size Cool Whip, pineapple, etc. Since this is ambrosia you can play with the ingredients a bit,but we really thought this was the perfect balance.