Ask DJ Lyons: How to make Fruit Cocktail Surprise

Fruit Cocktail Surprise ready to serve and eat

Fruit Cocktail Surprise ready to serve and eat
Fruit Cocktail Surprise ready to serve and eat | Source

Fruit Cocktail Surprise is surprisingly delicious!

Fruit Cocktail Surprise is surprisingly delicious!

The other day, my husband came home from visiting his mother in the nursing home raving about a dessert he had just tried. Not only that, he was holding a grocery bag filled with the following three ingredients: Food City's version of Cool Whip, one can of fruit cocktail, and a small bag of chopped walnuts.

I was skeptical of it being any good as I have never liked fruit cocktail. It always seemed kind of dried out and lacking in flavor. My husband agreed that he had never liked fruit cocktail either.

He mixed the ingredients together and allowed it to sit in the refrigerator for about an hour. We both tried it and were happily suprised. It was really good; however, I felt like it needed another can of fruit. The next day he came home with a second can and mixed it in. It was now really good.

The only other modification I suggested is that it needed more nuts. So, this pictorial recipe you will see below is the final results of our modifications. We love it so much that we will probably keep making this every single week.

FYI - His mother is in the nursing home due to the fact that she has Parkinson's, frequent UTI's, other complications, plus she cannot take care of even the most basic of her personal needs. She is very sweet and loving. Additionally, she LOVES to eat. When she likes a food, her eyes will roll back in her head, she will moan in ecstacy, and she will state, "This is the best thing I have ever eaten!" This, for me, is one of her most charming qualities.

Can of Fruit Cocktail with 100% Juice

Can of Fruit Cocktail with 100% Juice
Can of Fruit Cocktail with 100% Juice | Source

Can of Fruit Cocktail with 100% Juice

 You can use any kind or brand of fruit cocktail. Since we are going to drain off the juice anyway, I prefer to use a can that has light syrup as opposed to heavy. That way, it has less calories. Better yet, use a can like this one that contains 100% juice. That way, it not only has less calories, it has more nutrients.

Since my husband and I are into saving money, we generally get the generic version of a product rather than the brand name. Sometimes, the generic version tastes even better than the brand name product.

Ingredients in Fruit Cocktail

Ingredients in Fruit Cocktail
Ingredients in Fruit Cocktail | Source

Ingredients in Fruit Cocktail

 Here are the ingredients in the fruit cocktail. It contains diced peaches, diced pears, water, grapes, pineapple sectors, pear juice concentrate, halved cherries artificially colored red.

Nutrition Label on Fruit Cocktail

Nutrition Label on Fruit Cocktail
Nutrition Label on Fruit Cocktail | Source

Nutrition Label on Fruit Cocktail

 Here is the nutrition label on this particular can of fruit cocktail.

Calories = 60
Total Fat = 0 grams
Cholesterol = 0 grams
Sodium = 10 mg
Potassium = 120 mg
Total Carbohydrates = 14 grams
Dietary Fiber = 1 gram
Sugars = 11 grams
Proteins = 0 grams
Vitamin A at 4%
Vitamin C at 2%

Walnuts - Finely Diced

Walnuts - Finely Diced
Walnuts - Finely Diced | Source

Walnuts - Finely Diced

 Here is the bag of walnuts we used. You can add as much or as little of the walnuts as you desire. You could also use pecans instead. It boils down to a matter of your personal taste and preference.

I love crunchy foods; therefore, I like to have lots of walnuts in the recipe.

Whipped Topping 8 ounces

Whipped Topping 8 ounces
Whipped Topping 8 ounces | Source

Whipped Topping 8 ounces

 You need 8 ounces of whipped topping or Cool Whip. I buy whichever one is cheaper.

Light Whipped Topping - 8 ounces

Light Whipped Topping - 8 ounces
Light Whipped Topping - 8 ounces | Source

Light Whipped Topping - 8 ounces

To experiment, I decided to make a double recipe in two different containers. As a bit of a joke, my husband and I said, "We should have his and her Fruit Cocktail Surprise desserts."

In his recipe, I will use the regular brand of Whipped Topping and only 2 cans of the fruit cocktail. In my recipe, I will use the Light Whipped Topping and 3 cans of fruit cocktail. After recovering from breast cancer, I am all about nutrition.  

When both containers were finished, I had my husband taste both. He could not taste any difference between the regular and light mixtures. So he stated, "He will probably go light from now on." Smile!

Mixed Fruit with Pears, Peaches, & Pineapple

Mixed Fruit with Pears, Peaches, & Pineapple
Mixed Fruit with Pears, Peaches, & Pineapple | Source

Mixed Fruit with Pears, Peaches, & Pineapple

 In my container of Fruit Cocktail Surprise, this is the third can that I added.

Step 1 - Drain 2 cans of Fruit Cocktail in Collander

Step 1 - Drain 2 cans of Fruit Cocktail in Collander
Step 1 - Drain 2 cans of Fruit Cocktail in Collander | Source

Step 1 - Drain 2 cans of Fruit Cocktail in Collander

 Drain off the juice in a collander. Of course, you could drink the juice rather than let it go down the sink drain.

Step 2 - Pour drained fruit into large plastic storage container

Step 2 - Pour drained fruit into large plastic storage container
Step 2 - Pour drained fruit into large plastic storage container | Source

Step 2 - Pour drained fruit into large plastic storage container

Pour the drained fruit into a fairly large storage container. It needs to be big enough to allow for 2 cans of fruit, 8 ounces of whipped topping, plus the nuts as well.

Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of Walnuts

Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of Walnuts
Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of Walnuts | Source

Step 3 - Add at least 1/2 cup of Walnuts

Add at least 1/2 cup of Walnuts. I probably added 1 1/2 cups of Walnuts to each container. It's all a matter of taste and your personal preference.

Step 4 - Stir well to mix the fruit and nuts together

Step 4 - Stir well to mix the fruit and nuts together
Step 4 - Stir well to mix the fruit and nuts together | Source

Step 4 - Stir well to mix the fruit and nuts together

 Stir well.

Step 5 - Add entire 8 ounces container of Whipped Topping or Cool Whip

Step 5 - Add entire 8 ounces container of Whipped Topping or Cool Whip
Step 5 - Add entire 8 ounces container of Whipped Topping or Cool Whip | Source

Step 5 - Add entire 8 ounces container of Whipped Topping or Cool Whip

You will now add the entire 8 ounces of the whipped topping. Make certain you have allowed it to set out on the counter to thaw for a while. That will make for much easier stirring.

Step 6 - Stir well until all 3 ingredients are mixed together

Step 6 - Stir well until all 3 ingredients are mixed together
Step 6 - Stir well until all 3 ingredients are mixed together | Source

Step 6 - Stir well until all 3 ingredients are mixed together

 Stir all three ingredients together until they are totally mixed.

Step 7 - If desired, top with more walnuts

Step 7 - If desired, top with more walnuts
Step 7 - If desired, top with more walnuts | Source

Step 7 - If desired, top with more walnuts

 If desired, top with more walnuts. I did so on my container but did not do that on the one my husband will use. He is not quite the nut lover that I am.

One last suggestion for coconut lovers

 One last suggestion for any coconut lovers out there. A nurse at the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives states that she sometimes adds coconut sprinkles and mini marshmellows to the batter. She loves it that way. My husband probably would like the addition of coconut as he really enjoys coconut cakes and pies. As for me, I plan to stick to the recipe as shown above.

Nut Choppers and Collanders

Norpro Stainless Steel Nut And Herb Chopper
Norpro Stainless Steel Nut And Herb Chopper

Norpro stainless steel nut herb chopper. Stainless steel blades rotate 60 degrees after each press for easy chopping for nuts, herbs and much more. Handy cap keeps nuts and herbs contained while chopping. Includes an extra lid to store unused nuts and herbs.

 
Discontinued Deluxe Crank Nut Chopper with Dispenser
Discontinued Deluxe Crank Nut Chopper with Dispenser

Quick and easy! Place whole nuts or pieces into the top hopper and grind into the clear measuring container below.

 

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

Sounds delish! I think I will have to try this sometime. I will definitely add the coconut!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks! When you make it, please let me know how you like it with the coconut.

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