Easy Pineapple Topping

Easy Pineapple Topping perfect for ice cream sundaes, cheesecakes and more made in just a few minutes with just three ingredients!

You don’t need to buy pre-made dessert toppings to enjoy your favorite ice cream favorites at home including Easy Strawberry ToppingHomemade Cool WhipEasy Hot Fudge Sauce and Easy Whipped Cream.

Pineapple Topping
 Pineapple Topping

Pineapple Topping is such an easy recipe I almost hesitate to even use the word recipe for this. You can of course make this recipe with a can of crushed pineapple as I have here. This makes the recipe take less than five total minutes start to finish. OR if you have a sweet ripe pineapple you can make it from a fresh pineapple and make the most amazing pineapple topping ever (which you can bottle and can for later!).

If you want to make this recipe with fresh pineapple you will have to pulse chunks of fresh pineapple (remove the core) in the food processor. Once you remove the small pieces you can squeeze out about half the juice. You don’t need too much of the juice, if you were to squeeze it completely dry and add the liquids back in it would be roughly 1/4 cup of pineapple juice to 20 ounces of fresh pineapple bits.

  • If you want to make this recipe even more fun you can roast or grill your pineapple first before pulsing it in the food processor too.
  • You can add brown sugar to the recipe instead of white sugar.
  • You can add a bit of jalapeno to the recipe to add a sweet and spicy flavor to the mix.
  • You can add bits of maraschino cherries to make a banana split topping instead of just pineapples.


Pineapple Topping will last tightly sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can make the sauce ahead of time as long as you keep it refrigerated in a sealed container.

What can you use this pineapple topping on:


  • Make this recipe using frozen  or canned pineapple as a time saver.
  • If you need to make the flavor a little brighter and more of a punch add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Use a food processor to break down the pineapple if you use canned chunks or fresh pineapple.
  • To add more flavor you can also add vanilla extract to give it a sweeter flavor.
  • For a fun brunch option you can also serve this over French Toast or Easy Cinnamon Rolls (in 1 Hour!).

Pineapple Ice Cream Topping

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Pineapple Topping

Easy Pineapple Topping perfect for ice cream sundaes, cheesecakes and more made in just a few minutes with just three ingredients!
Course Dessert Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword pineapple topping
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 94 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder



  1. Add all the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94
% Daily Value*
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pineapple Ice Cream Topping

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

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    1. 20 ounces of fresh pineapple bits and 1/4 cup of pineapple juice. I give instructions in the post above as to how to prepare it. Enjoy!

  1. Can I thicken the sauce and then add the pineapple chunks back in? I like a bite to my fruit, would that work well? And can this be used as a cake filling?

    1. Yes, you can thicken the sauce and put the fruit back in but I think it’ll still be too thin for a cake filling. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. This topping looks so great and I know it’s to be used as a topping but I may be tempted to just eat it right out of the bowl!

  3. This is such a great and easy topping to be able to whip up at home! I could see keeping a big batch on hand for topping ice cream all summer long!

  4. oh! I can’t wait to drip this pineapple topping over pound cake … and vanilla ice cream … and … lots of things! This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing

    1. This is delicious! I made this to add as a topping to cottage cheese. OH MY! it’s perfection!

      How long would you say it’s good for in the fridge?

      1. I’m so glad you love it so much! It’ll stay good in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Make sure it’s in a sealed container.