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Pink Stuff Recipe

This vintage pink salad is almost too pretty to eat.

Updated June 05, 2018
Pink Stuff Recipe
Pink Stuff Recipe
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Do you remember seeing this recipe on the table at Thanksgiving? Or maybe your family brings it out for potlucks in the summer? No matter when you decide to serve pink stuff, there's no doubt that this vintage recipe is hard to forget. This dessert is made with whipped topping, and strawberry jello provides the distinctive bright pink color. You might call it pink fluff or pink salad, but we just call it one of our favorite no bake desserts. It's creamy, fruity, and completely delicious.

Note: Some variations of this recipe use cottage cheese in place of buttermilk.

Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time1 hr



  • 1 (16-ounce) can pineapple tidbits
  • 1 large box Jello strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 small container of whipped topping, thawed

Pink Stuff Recipe


  1. Place the pineapple with its juice in a medium saucepan.

  2. Add the jello and stir together.

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Remove pan from the heat and set it aside to cool.

  5. When the pineapple and jello mixture has cooled to room temperature, add the buttermilk and stir together until well combined.

  6. Fold in the whipped topping.

Other Names for Pink Stuff!

This vintage recipe was very popular in the 50s and 60s, like so many other jello-based dishes. This ingredient was cheap, easy to make, and crazy versatile. The rise of in-home refrigerators also made cold dishes all that more accessible. Since this dish was popular in so many homes, it goes by a few other names! Some households may refer to it as "pink fluff" while others call it "pink salad". No matter what you call it, we're sure you'll love this tasty dish.

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Hmmmmm, I'm really not sure how to feel about this recipe...buttermilk with jello? I don't remember ever having anything like this on any occasion growing up...and with pink being my favorite color, I definitely would have noticed. And, is it just me or is something missing in this recipe? Perhaps some sliced or chopped strawberries for texture?

Pineapple tidbits are texture

My name for this recipe is blancmange! I agree every family has a "stuff" recipe and mine is slightly different but looks exactly the same. In my recipe you make the jello as per the packet instructions but use half the liquid amounts. Then you put it in the fridge. Just as it begins to set you add evaporated milk and beat on high and it expands to almost double its size. It is extremely light and airy and a pleasure to eat.

I think every family has a "stuff" recipe made with Jello, and I happened to like this one better than most. The marshmallows are the perfect, sneaky touch to give it extra fluff, and yet, it's not crazy sweet. A nice special-occasion side or dessert.

What marshmellows?

This recipe takes me back to my childhood! Two of my aunts made really good Jello recipes that they brought to family reunions in the summer and to Christmas parties. They tasted so good and looked pretty as mold shapes. My mom made great Jello too, but she didn't use a mold. I am fascinated by the addition of buttermilk to this recipe. How does it taste? I would like to make this for Easter, but I don't think I have a Jello mold anymore.

I think our grandmothers must be related!! My grandmother always made this recipe at Easter! She used orange jello instead of the raspberry jello. She said she liked the orange color for spring and Easter. Then, at Thanksgiving she used strawberry jello and at Christmas she made it with lime jello. All of the other ingredients were exactly the same. The one thing that she changed for summer parties or family gatherings was instead of the jello mold, she would put it in a rectangle pan and freeze it! Yes, freeze it! Then, she would pre-cut squares and place the square on a piece of lettuce and then on a salad plate. Very fancy for us! Thoughts?

This recipe is such a blast from the past! My aunt would make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. My cousin is an absolute fiend for "pink stuff." You might think that it looks odd, if you've never had it, but it's actually really nice. It's kind of creamy and strawberry flavoured and the pineapple gives it a tangy and tropical twist. It's great as a side dish at the holidays, or as a bit of dessert. It's really easy to make too.

This recipe takes me back in time. My mother used to make a similar dessert but in place of the butter milk and Cool Whip, should would beat two egg whites into stiff peaks and when the jello was cooled she would fold the egg whites in. Pineapple tidbits gave it a nice tropical flare.

This Polly's pink stuff sure takes me back to the time when we used to have green jello with celery molds on our Thanksgiving table. I don't know if anybody actually liked it but they ate it. However this version seems to be updated and has peiqued my interest. With Cool Whip and butter milk in it it must have a tangy creamy taste to the strawberry flavor. And since I'm an adventurous cook, I would like to try it. I'll forgo the molds though, and cut it into little squares. Perhaps a new generation of kids will start this as their own tradition but this time people will actually like it!


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