The combination of sweet strawberries, fluffy marshmallows, savory cream cheese plus crushed meringues all coated in whipped cream makes this one luscious and crave-worthy dessert! A MUST-MAKE this summer as it's NO BAKE and takes mere minutes to make!
Rinse and coarsely chop the strawberries. Transfer to a large bowl preferably the one you would serve the dessert from. A trifle bowl is perfect for this. Add the crushed pineapple and sugar and give it a gentle stir just until everything is mixed. Set aside in the refrigerator as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
In an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese. Slowly add the powdered sugar as you beat the cream cheese. When completely blended and smooth, fold in the whipped cream or cool whip.
Gently fold in the cream cheese mixture with the strawberry mixture. Fold in the mini-marshmallows and chopped meringues, if using. You may serve it right away or leave to set in the refrigerator for a bit. If it appears soft, simply place in the freezer for about 1-2 hours and then serve.
Sprinkle some extra marshmallows, crushed meringues and a few chopped strawberries on top for garnish, just before serving. Serve in the trifle bowl or in individual dessert glasses.
Tips and Tricks
Fresh strawberries must be used so this dessert does not become too liquidy. Up to 16 oz or 1 lb strawberries may be used if desired. You may use the extra 4 oz as topping, added just before serving for an elegant presentation.
You may adjust the sweetness by increasing the granulated sugar by an extra 1/4 cup. I am not too keen on anything too sweet so I always cut back on sugar. Besides the meringues also add sweetness so if using that please note this.
Use pink mini-marshmallows to make the dessert even brighter and more vibrant.
You can make your own meringues or simply buy a pack from either your local bakery or grocery store. While this is optional, adding it adds another layer of flavor and crunch to the dessert.