A cheesy fruit ball to serve with crackers anytime, anyplace. I made this recipe at my parents' 50th anniversary party.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, fruit cocktail, and instant pudding mix. Add 1/4 cup almonds, if desired. Shape mixture into a ball, and then roll in the remaining almonds.

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Nutrition Facts

107.7 calories; 1.9 g protein; 11.2 g carbohydrates; 15.4 mg cholesterol; 106.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2004
This was a wonderful recipe. My helpful hints. #1 Empty the fruit cocktail into a strainer and drain for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. #2 Mix the fruit cocktail and cream cheese together first then slowly incorporate the pudding mix. #3 Line a 1qt glass-mixing bowl with saran wrap leaving a generous amount over the edges. Spoon in the mixture and fold the saran wrap edges over the top and pat the mix down firmly. #4 Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving unwrap the ball and invert onto a 10-inch pie plate. Serve with vanilla wafers around the ball filling the pie plate. This was a hit at my work potluck today! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I made a half recipe and it was way too much. It is really difficult for the ball to hold its shape. Probably best to serve it in a little dish like a dip. I thought it tasted good but doubt if I'd make it again. Read More
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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2004
This was a wonderful recipe. My helpful hints. #1 Empty the fruit cocktail into a strainer and drain for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. #2 Mix the fruit cocktail and cream cheese together first then slowly incorporate the pudding mix. #3 Line a 1qt glass-mixing bowl with saran wrap leaving a generous amount over the edges. Spoon in the mixture and fold the saran wrap edges over the top and pat the mix down firmly. #4 Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving unwrap the ball and invert onto a 10-inch pie plate. Serve with vanilla wafers around the ball filling the pie plate. This was a hit at my work potluck today! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2004
This was a wonderful recipe. My helpful hints. #1 Empty the fruit cocktail into a strainer and drain for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. #2 Mix the fruit cocktail and cream cheese together first then slowly incorporate the pudding mix. #3 Line a 1qt glass-mixing bowl with saran wrap leaving a generous amount over the edges. Spoon in the mixture and fold the saran wrap edges over the top and pat the mix down firmly. #4 Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving unwrap the ball and invert onto a 10-inch pie plate. Serve with vanilla wafers around the ball filling the pie plate. This was a hit at my work potluck today! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I've made this for church and for work and everyone loves it. One lady said "It is the best thing I have ever put in my mouth." I got special requests for it at work. I serve it with wheat thins and pretzels. The nutty flavor of these go well with the sweetness of the dip Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This was a big hit at the party I took it to. Was too soft to mold into a ball so will probably cut down some on the fruit next time. Served it as a dip with vanilla wafers....mmmm delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe takes so few ingredients. I had 3 people ask for the recipe within a half hour. You can dip anything from pretzels crackers or graham snacks in this dip. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
It would not shape into a cheese ball so I just put it into a dish. Next ime I would just add the nuts instead of trying to roll them onto a ball Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2005
Mmmm yummy! This was really tasty. I made sure to drain the fruit enough and I took the advice of another reviewer and pressed the fruit with paper towels right before I mixed it in with the other ingredients. I didn't have enough time to wait for this to chill to form it into a ball but I did put it in a glass pie dish and sprinkle nuts on top. This was pretty and tasty too perfect for a hot summer evening! I served this with 'Nilla Wafers and Graham crackers and by the end of the evening half of it was already gone! Thanks for the super recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I made a half recipe and it was way too much. It is really difficult for the ball to hold its shape. Probably best to serve it in a little dish like a dip. I thought it tasted good but doubt if I'd make it again. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
My family and friends love this fruit ball. I've found it's very important that the fruit cocktail be well drained. I blot it between paper towels to remove the liquid. If too much liquid is left on the fruit cocktail the ball won't form properly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was really good tasting but made way too much. It was also more like a spread instead of a cheese ball when I made it. I would make it again but half of the recipe. Read More
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