2 - Minute Tropical Pie!

This is a fun little dessert that is so quick and easy a child could make it!  As a matter of fact, it's a perfect recipe to turn over to the children.  With a little help in chopping a few of the ingredients, and a little adult supervision, the kids can prepare the dessert for dinner!  They will be so proud of their creation!  

I adapted this recipe from an original recipe published by Mr. Food!  I always loved watching Mr. Food and his quick and easy recipes.  I have a lot of his cookbooks and his way of delivering a recipe on TV was always soothing to me.  I think his appeal was that he made anyone believe they could prepare his dishes.  He wasn't afraid of some convenience items and he limited the amount of ingredients in a recipe.  Mr. Food knew that some folks needed something simpler and he delivered it.   It' s a good lesson to take a note from and one I sometimes forget.  RIP Mr. Food, I miss you, but your wonderful recipes live on!

It's called 2 - minute pie, because it literally takes about 2 minutes to prepare.  Now that is not exact and depends on how fast you move in the kitchen, so please don't time yourself and write me comments that it actually took 2 minutes and 47 seconds or some other such   I know most of you think I am kidding, but you would not believe some of the comments I  

Any who, here is what you will need:

1 prepared graham cracker pie crust or shortbread pie crust
1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant vanilla pudding
1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant lemon pudding (can use another vanilla or white chocolate is good also if you like a less tart flavor)
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup flaked coconut, divided
1/2 cup nuts, chopped  pecans or walnuts  (optional)
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped (optional)
whole maraschino cherries for garnish
whipped cream for garnish

Mix the crushed pineapple  with is juices and pudding mixes together until the puddings have dissolved and then add the sour cream in and stir until smooth. Be sure you buy the INSTANT PUDDING, not the cook and serve, it will not work in this.   Stir in 1/2 cup of the coconut, nuts and chopped cherries. 

Pour into prepared crust.

Top with the other 1/2 cup of coconut and a few whole maraschino cherries.  Chill for at least 2 - 3 hours before serving!  


  1. I'm drooling of course,as I do with all your delicious recipes. Sounds so scrumptious!

  2. Easy, quick and simple, my kind of recipe! thanks so much for sharing and I loved Mr. Food!

  3. Oooooo IT's Soooo Good!! I sure liked him too.. this looks great.. Thanks!!

  4. think this is something I will make this week or maybe for this Sunday.

  5. is it possible to use something besides the sour cream?

    1. I wouldn't want sour cream either, wish someone would give an alternative

    2. use plain greek yogurt.

    3. Could try mascarpone cheese; might be an interesting variation (although this might be too sweet).

  6. I'm making this for a party tomorrow night. Can't wait! It sounds delicious.

  7. Just whipped together two of them for work... They are in the fridge chilling. Seriously only took 10 minutes total (start to finish)with prep of chopping the cherries and nuts.

  8. I made this pie last week with a pkgs of vanilla and white chocolate pudding. I cannot make this again for a long time as my husband and I made pigs of ourselves-it was soooo good! We just kept cutting off thin slices all day till it was gone. So easy to make too!

  9. What can I use besides SOUR CREAM, I hate SOUR CREAM?

  10. Try cool whip instead of sour cream.

  11. You can't taste the sour try it and see!!

  12. I bet Greek yougurt would work great as a substitute for the sour cream...

  13. YUM! I just made a sugar free version. Sugar free shortbread cookie crust, SF vanilla and cheesecake instant pudding, used mascarpone (because I had it), chopped macadamias and fresh cherries. This would definitely be fantastic as a parfait layered with cookie crumbs and whipped cream.

  14. I made a modified version - cut the recipe in half because there's only me - and made it like a dip for graham crackers. It's in the fridge chillin' but my taste test was fabulous! Used coconut cream pudding.



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