If you need a super simple and affordable Thanksgiving dessert recipe that everyone will love, try my grandmother’s Heaven’s Delight! This marshmallow pineapple dessert was always a huge hit during our family holidays. I shared the recipe first, then the background story, so you don’t have to scroll far to find what you need. 😀
Heaven’s Delight Recipe
This recipe makes a large amount, as in a big gallon container! Enough to feed a large crowd! You need to start it the night before you want to serve it so the marshmallows have time to soak everything up.
- 2 large bags miniature marshmallows (MUST be minis, I made the mistake of subbing in large ones once, disaster!)
- 2 large cans of crushed pineapple
- 1 quart half and half
- Make a layer of marshmallows, then a layer of pineapples.
- Keep layering like this until you reach the top.
- Pour the half and half over the top, letting it seep in, then pour any leftover juice from the pineapples.
- Place in the refrigerator. Stir every couple of hours. It’ll be ready the next day!
When I was living in Japan back in 1999-2001, I emailed my grandmother because I needed an easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe. Every year, she made “Heaven’s Delight,” a simple pineapple marshmallow dessert that everyone in my family absolutely loved. Even me, one of the pickiest eaters in the world! Although, to be honest, I picked around the pineapple bits until I was much older!
I still have the email that she sent in return. I’ll keep that email forever, because while she’s not physically with me on Thanksgiving anymore, I’ll always have the traditions- and the delicious recipes- that she gave us. I’m not allowed to share the apple pie, the holiday “doughball soup” or a few of my grandmother’s other recipes, but I can share her super easy Thanksgiving dessert, her “Heaven’s Delight” recipe! I hope you enjoy it!
This is seriously one of the easiest Thanksgiving dessert recipes ever. It’s light and fluffy, too, so it’s not too heavy after a huge meal. If you’re not a fan of half and half or can’t drink dairy products, I imagine you could make it with some sort of alternative! If you do try it, let me know how it turns out. I know they also make vegan marshmallows, so you could make this with natural ingredients should you choose.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Tell me in the comments!