So, this was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day post, but I missed it by a week. Which is ok, since this isn’t technically a Valentine’s Day dessert. Er…salad. Valentine’s Salad. Instead of the ubiquitous strawberry, the pink in this dessert actually comes from cranberries.

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Errr…Salad. The pink in this Salad.

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See? Salad.

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Now this…Salad…is actually what is popularly(?) known as a Marlow. Which is a dessert made with fruit/chocolate/coffee, sugar, marshmallows, milk and whipping cream and then frozen in a brick and scooped like ice cream. Marlow goes back to when the marshmallow was a new, exciting consumer item (Who can blame them? Marshmallows are so fun.) and the idea of making your own frozen dessert in your own freezer was the bees knees.

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The only real difference with this and a Marlow is that someone decided to leave out the extra sugar, throw in some cranberries and call it Salad.

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And so I wanted to try it. I’m down with changing recipes and turning them into something else (cough). Plus, I really like cranberry. And I think it should be the official fruit of Valentine’s Day.

I mean, it would all work. They are red. And you could cover anything in chocolate and people would eat it.

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Side note: Here are two new kitchen items. A vintage mixing bowl and a new hand mixer that my sister got me for Christmas. Blue!!

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Pretty.

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I know you are supposed to scoop Marlow out and serve it like ice cream, but I wanted to see if you could mold it as well. Because this recipe is all about experiments.

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And where there is a pan of water, ye shall find a TJ trying to stick his hand in it.

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Sooo…not so much on the molding. Or the unmolding, I guess. Maybe if I would have lined them with plastic wrap. But unmolding them the normal way lost all the fine detail. That was supposed to be a bird. Now it is just mush.

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But they still both came out. And you can always cover everything with whip cream. So, victory!

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Mmmmm…dessert.  No, wait. Salad. Salad!

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“Does this look like salad to you?”

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“It’s good. And actually has an ok level of sweetness.”

“Salad-level sweetness?”

“Not even close. This is not salad.”

The Verdict: Good

From The Tasting Notes –

This was fun to make, and both kids loved it. I was going to try to hype it for Valentine’s Day, but this would also be a fun change from traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was sweet enough, but still had a good, strong tartness to it. The frozen texture was on the icy side, but it was very refreshing. And as it thawed it didn’t just turn into a puddle, it kept its shape and turned into sort of a creamy, cranberry mousse.

And now, a bonus Alex tasting:

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“Are you sure you like it? You look a little shocked.”

“It’s really cold. But it’s yummy.”

“Would you eat this as a salad?”

“This would be the best salad. Much better than lettuce.”