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Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert: How to Make It

This delightfully fluffy Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert tastes like summertime in a bowl! It’s so easy to make and is perfect for your next picnic or potluck. With sweet-tart raspberries folded together with Jell-O and real whipped cream, it’s no wonder this simple, vintage raspberry dessert has become a classic summertime treat!

Bowls of fluffy Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert
Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert is
summertime in a bowl!

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THe Story Behind Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert

Some foods have so many deep memories tied to them! Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert (also known by its simpler names, Raspberry Jello Cream, Raspberry Fluff, or Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff) is one of those foods. When I was growing up, this deliciously refreshing summer dessert was made by a sweet older friend, Gramma K. As a wedding gift when my husband and I got married back in 2010, several of my friends put together a recipe book filled with a collection of their favorite recipes. I was delighted to find the recipe for Gramma K’s raspberry dessert tucked inside those pages! To this day, when I taste this dessert, happy memories from my childhood come flooding back.

At this time, as I am writing out this recipe to share with you, the border between my home country of Canada and the United States, where I now live, has been closed for well over a year. I’ve found myself going back often to the recipes and foods that hold strong ties to my past and the loved ones that I miss so much, so this beloved dessert has been on our table frequently this past year!

This is my slightly adapted version of Gramma K’s recipe – a little less sugar and a few less raspberries (fewer berries is just for economy’s sake – feel free to add more raspberries to your dessert if you’d like!). Gramma K had a large raspberry patch in her back yard years ago; I can still feel the heat of the summer sun shining down on our backs as my brothers, sisters, and I worked alongside Gramma K’s family, getting scratches on our legs and arms from the thorns on those prickly bushes. But it was well worth it as we filled our buckets with the juicy, sweet berries, trying to drop at least as many into our buckets as we were popping into our mouths!

These days I buy my raspberries frozen at the grocery store, which means my family can enjoy Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert all year round. I know that you are going to love this recipe every bit as much as our family does, and if you do, please share this recipe with a friend and keep the goodness going!

Two bowls of raspberries and cream marshmallow dessert

 

What you’ll need for Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert

Special Equipment: A large, heat-proof bowl or measuring cup (I like this one from Amazon)

Ingredients for Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert

2 3 oz. packages raspberry flavored gelatin

1 ½ cups boiling water

1/3 cup sugar

1 13 oz. bag frozen raspberries

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (preferably Mexican vanilla)

2 cups mini marshmallows

How to make Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert

  1. In a large, heat-proof bowl, carefully whisk together the gelatin powder, sugar, and boiling water until the powder and sugar are completely dissolved.
  2. Gently stir in the frozen raspberries, then cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time. The gelatin mixture should be cold and beginning to thicken slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, using a hand beater or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream and vanilla together just until stiff peaks begin to form.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cold gelatin mixture. Next, fold in the mini marshmallows. Scoop the mixture into a pretty serving bowl if desired, or simply leave it in your preparation bowl; it just depends on how fancy you want to be! Cover and chill in the refrigerator until the marshmallows soften and meld into the Jello, about 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh raspberries before serving, if desired.

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A couple of notes:

This dessert keeps very well, so it is an excellent option for making the day ahead of when you plan to serve it. You can absolutely serve this dessert as soon as you have it all mixed together, but it will be yummiest after it has had a bit of time to chill in the fridge to let the marshmallows soften and melt into the rest of the raspberry fluff.

I use Mexican vanilla in all my recipes that call for vanilla extract, and there is just no other vanilla with the same smooth, rich taste. You can often find it in the ethnic foods section of your local grocery store or order it online from Walmart.com. It is very inexpensive ($3-$4/ 8 oz. bottle), so I like to stock up on it and give it as gifts to friends and family.

Mexican Vanilla

Now without further ado, let’s make some dessert!

Bowls of Raspberries and Cream Jello Dessert

Raspberries and Cream Marshmallow Dessert

Cara
This deliciously simple raspberries-and-cream vintage dessert tastes like summertime-in-a-bowl, but because it uses frozen raspberries, you can serve it any time of the year!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Refrigeration time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups
Calories 211 kcal

Equipment

  • Whisk, large heat-proof glass bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 3 oz. packages raspberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 13 oz. bag frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract preferably Mexican vanilla
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • In a large, heat-proof bowl, stir together the gelatin powder, sugar, and boiling water until the powder and sugar are completely dissolved.
  • Gently stir in the frozen raspberries, then cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time. The Jello mixture should be cold and beginning to thicken slightly.
  • Meanwhile, using a hand beater or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream and vanilla together just until stiff peaks begin to form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the cold Jello mixture. Next, fold in the mini marshmallows. Scoop the mixture into a pretty serving bowl if desired, or simply leave it in your preparation bowl; it just depends on how fancy you want to be! Cover and chill in the refrigerator until the marshmallows soften and meld into the Jello, about 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh raspberries before serving, if desired.
  • This dessert keeps very well, so it is an excellent option for making the day ahead of when you plan to serve it.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Note: I use Mexican vanilla in all my recipes that call for vanilla extract, and there is just no other vanilla with the same smooth, rich taste. You can often find it in the ethnic foods section of your local grocery store or order it online from Walmart.com. It is very inexpensive ($3-$4/ 8 oz. bottle), so I like to stock up on it and give it as gifts to friends and family.
Keyword Easy Desserts, Raspberry Cream Dessert

If you’ve tried this recipe and love it, please rate it and share it with a friend so that others can enjoy it too!

Bonus: Raspberries are quite the amazing little superfoods! You can read more about the amazing health benefits of these pretty berries right here.

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Happy dessert making!

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you Cara, I have wanted a recipe for this. Ohh so good. I made it for the 4th and it disappeared quite quickly. I used fresh raspberries, because our little store here didn’t have frozen! It was delicous.

    Linda

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