Our favorite holiday dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas was a fresh-tasting pineapple lime Jell-O confection we always called “Green Stuff.”
For special occasions, my mom made a delicious dessert we called “Green Stuff.” I never knew its real name.
But I remembered that it contained lime jello, crushed pineapple, whipped cream… and marshmallows. Happily, my sister found the recipe and I learned how to make this memorable dessert in time for Christmas last year.
It’s a wonderful recipe for potlucks and holiday meals. A single recipe delivers many, many servings, you see. Light and refreshing after a big meal… and feeds a multitude.
My research into the name of this wonderful no-bake confection led me down a few side roads, including someone else’s quest for a 1950s recipe that sounded very similar to my mom’s. Not one of the recipes I came across matched my mother’s, but it seems there were a lot of people who recalled a holiday treat from 50 years ago known as “Green Stuff.”
So here it is, the recipe that my mom probably cut out of a magazine in the 1950s or early 60s and that graced the Christmas dessert table many years running. You see, we LOVED this dessert so much, we always asked her to make “Green Stuff” for special meals.
Let’s see if this recipe rings any bells for you. Or perhaps you’re more familiar with one of the alternatives… there are quite a few. I just couldn’t find one exactly like my mom’s.
Green Stuff was always our favorite Christmas dessert
My sister and I remember this dessert from our childhood and we’re both in our later 60s now, so that’s how long it’s been around in our family.
I’ve made this dessert twice so far (this decade). The first attempt got the flavor but not the lightness. My second attempt came out FABULOUS.
Now that I’ve rediscovered the recipe, guess what we’re having with Christmas dinner again this year?
I hope you enjoy this classic dessert as much as our family has over the years.