Remember a few years ago when someone packaged little chocolate covered things and marketed them as reindeer poop? Remember how hilarious everyone thought it was? Well, I think might have made the next best thing.
It’s snowman poop.
No wait. That’s not it.
Oh yes, that’s right. This is Holiday Waldorf Salad! With Gelatin!
- 1 pkg red gelatin
- 1 pkg green gelatin
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 pkg cream cheese
- 1 cup diced apples, unpared
- 1 T salad dressing
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 cup diced marshmallows
- Prepare each gelatin separately and chill until set.
- Whip together cream, cream cheese and salad dressing until very thick.
- Cut gelatin into cubes and fold all remaining ingredients into whipped mixture.
- Serve immediately!
Much better, right? That makes it a lot less disgusting.
Seriously, though, this started out so promising. Tom even walked by and was happy while I was doing the prep. He was happy!
“I love pineapple and marshmallows together.”
And, like a fool, I said, “I know, right? This one is going to be awesome.”
Which is pretty much the stupidest thing you can say when you are making a mid-century dish. That and “Pfft. Who cares about food poisoning?” I pretty much jinxed us right there.
See? Isn’t it lovely? If I just would have stopped there, everything would have been great. But then I added the gelatin cubes, which I SWEAR were set.
Then the whole thing started…melting.
This was taken only a few minutes after stirring in the gelatin. You can see things already starting to break down.
This was taken about two minutes after the first photo. I had to step away for a moment to see what a crying baby wanted, and when I came back, this was what greeted me. A disgusting, melty mess.
Hence, snowman poop.
“What in God’s name happened to this?”
“I have no idea. You tell me, you’re the chemist.”
“Whatever. Just give it to me.”
“Oh, you think?”
“Other than that, it tastes okay.”
The Verdict: Okay, But Looks Gross
From the Tasting Notes:
This had the savory/sweet flavor of a gelatin salad, not a dessert. It tasted like apple, pineapple, marshmallow and Miracle Whip. The Miracle Whip flavor was actually surprisingly strong. Not horrible, but NOT a dessert. Also, very strange texture on this one. Not sure exactly what the problem was, since the basis for this is the classic stained glass gelatin. Maybe it was the Miracle Whip, maybe it was the apples, or the pineapple, but in any case this thing was a goopy mess about 10 minutes after folding it together. Maybe the base mixture should have had some gelatin in it too, and been partially set before the gelatin cubes were folded in. If you are going to serve this one, make sure you stir it together at the last possible second and then encourage everyone to eat it quickly, before it melts away.