Ambrosia is a fruit dessert that is very popular in America and is often served as a wonderfully creamy follow-up to traditional holiday meals. Maybe you’ve heard it mentioned on American TV shows? Well, now you can try it for yourself in New Zealand by following our ambrosia recipe.

Preparing Ambrosia

Preparing ambrosia is really only a matter of chopping up some fruit and mixing in a few other ingredient – as such, it takes very little time. However, to properly enjoy this delicious dessert it must be properly chilled, so allow at least an hour for refrigeration prior to serving.

Ambrosia Recipe


  • 4 oranges
  • 4 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 2 cups of pineapple chunks
  • 500 grams of seedless red grapes (or you can buy seeded grapes and remove the seeds)
  • 2 cups of desiccated coconut (shredded)
  • 3 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • ¼ cup of Maraschino cherries (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 cups of sour cream


  1. Peel and chop the oranges into small chunks. Remove any seeds.
  2. Core, peel and dice the apples and pear.
  3. Drain the pineapple chunks.
  4. Halve the grapes and remove seeds if necessary.
  5. Halve the Maraschino cherries.
  6. Place all the fruit in a large bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the coconut over the fruit and add the marshmallows.
  8. Mix the sugar and the sour cream together and add to the fruit.
  9. Mix gently to combine all ingredients.
  10. Place in the fridge for one hour to chill.

The Easy Way to Eat Fruit

As well as being a great dessert, ambrosia is one of the easiest ways to get kids to eat fruit. So, what are you waiting for? Use the ambrosia recipe above and try a traditional American dessert in New Zealand today!

To see a demonstration of another way to make ambrosia check out this video.

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