Filipino Fruit Salad

Fruit Cocktail in Condensed Milk
and Heavy Cream

The Filipino Fruit Salad is a staple dessert to most Filipino parties, just like the Leche Flan.

The usual ingredients are canned fruit cocktail, condensed milk and Nestle cream.

It is the easiest dessert to make, all you ever need is a can opener.

However, I don't use Nestle cream because it curdles and the liquid separates.

I use the refrigerated Heavy Cream (the same one used in making whipped cream).

I also add cream cheese to cut the sweetness of the condensed milk and to give it a thick and creamy consistency.

Now, let's talk about the fresh apples. I never realized the use of adding apples in a fruit salad until I omitted them one time.

All the while I thought my mom only used them as extenders.

The fresh apples provide texture and crunch in the salad to balance and complement the soft fruit components.



  • CannedFruit Cocktail
  • Condensed Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Apples
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Maraschino Cherry Halves (optional)


  • 1 6 pound can or 10 cups Fruit Cocktail
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pcs. apples, cubed
  • 1/2 cup plain cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherry Halves (optional)

1 Drain the Fruit Cocktail thoroughly, leave in the strainer for at least 10 minutes.

2 Stir together the condensed milk, heavy cream and cream cheese. Whip until blended well.

3 Add in the drained fruit cocktail and cheddar cheese.

4 Peel and cube the apples one at a time, putting the apples directly into the salad as they are cut.

5 Put in the cherry halves and mix together to evenly distribute the fruits.

6 Refrigerate and serve cold.


  • To prevent browning of the cut apples, I try to cut and toss immediately in the cream mixture, or I keep them in a water solution of ice water and the juice of 1 lemon.

  • Omit the cream cheese if you want, just add more cheddar cheese to cut the sweetness of the condensed milk.

  • If you're a fan of Macapuno or soft shredded coconut meat, you could add some. Just don't overdo it, you're making a fruit and not a Buko Salad.

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