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December 04, 2015
Holiday Fruit Soup
by Melanie Gunnell

So this recipe definitely ranks up there in The List of Recipes I Wish I Could Force You to Make. Not because Iím a big meanie authoritarian or control freak (ahem) but because I want everyone to experience the amazingness, and I have a feeling the idea of fruit soup may be a foreign one to many of you. I get it.

Before my sister-in-law, Erin, introduced this to me nearly a decade ago, I donít think I ever once found myself craving soup filled with fruit. And now here I am. Craving soup filled with fruit. It is so ridiculously yummy ó not to mention unique and lovely (Iím warning you now to be prepared for the onslaught of recipe requests youíll get when you make it; trust me on this one).

Served chilled, itís perfect for brunches, bridal/baby showers, holiday dinners, and, wellÖyou get the picture. Itís also made mostly ahead of time which is perfect for when youíre running around with half your sanity trying to prep for your party or holiday dinner.

One experience with fruit soup and I think youíll follow me willingly on board the fruit soup train. Iíve randomly served it over the years for this and that but this holiday season, Iíve decided to make it an official part of our Christmas Eve dinner. It deserves a permanent place in our traditions, plus I just really want my kids to think Iím the best mom in the universe. Fruit soup will do those kinds of things for you.

Although the base of the soup is a sweet mixture of juice and tapioca, donít be fooled in thinking it mimics thick, creamy tapioca pudding. Instead, the little bits of tapioca help thicken the soup just slightly and enhance the texture while still allowing it to be fully classified as soup (read: youíll want to serve it in small cups or bowls with a spoon).

Consider this a must-make sometime in your life. And then be prepared to sit down with your planner to figure out all the ways you can continue incorporating it into your food routine. Fruit soup! Itís a thing. Donít let yourself be the last one to this party.

Holiday Fruit Soup
Yield: Serves 8

I use fresh fruit for the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, but you could definitely try subbing frozen fruit. You could also change up the fruit you'd like to use. My sister-in-law, Erin, loves to add bananas and I believe she uses frozen raspberries, which gives the soup a pretty red color.

The base of the soup can be made several days in advance and refrigerated. Simply stir in the fresh fruit before serving. Also, the overall sweetness of the soup will be determined by the peach juice/nectar you use as well as the type of fruit (and how ripe or in-season it is). I've reduced the sugar from the original version but if you feel like it may not be sweet enough, up the sugar to 3/4 cup.

If you want a thinner consistency, cut the tapioca down to just 3 tablespoons and/or add additional peach nectar or orange juice at the end.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup peach juice or nectar (like Kern's brand)

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons minute or quick-cooking tapioca (not large or small pearl)

  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice

  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, undrained

  • 1 quart bottled or canned sliced peaches, drained (cut the peaches into smaller chunks, if needed)

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, peach juice/nectar, and tapioca. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 12 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl or other container. Stir in the orange juice and cover the dish. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until completely chilled or up to several days.

  2. Stir in the mandarin oranges, sliced peaches, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Chill until ready to serve (no longer than an hour or so once the fresh fruit has been added).

Recipe Source: adapted a little from my sister-in-law, Erin (original version posted on The Sisterís Cafe†Ė the Melanie referred to in that post isnít me, BTW, itís my sis-in-lawís sister; I know, confusing!)

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About Melanie Gunnell

Melanie Gunnell is a food-loving, chocolate-obsessed mom who has a desperate need to share her favorite tried-and-true recipes with the world. In a past life she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health, but for the past ten years, stay-at-home motherhood has been her job along with blogging-from-home for the past five.

She resides in the brilliantly cold tundra of Northern Minnesota with her husband and their brood of five children: four boys and one tiny, bossy girl. Dark chocolate (particularly the act of shoving chocolate chips in her mouth whilst hiding in the pantry) is her coping skill of choice for both the never-ending winters and the never-ending wrestling matches in her front room.


Calling(s): Primary pianist, CTR 6/7 Primary teacher, Activity Day leader

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