My “big” kids grew up expecting a fruit salad or “fluff” for the holidays. Their grandmother on their father’s side served this I hear. But, my “little” kids grew up eating Red Hot Jello and expecting that for holidays. After a few years, this seems to have won out and I won over the big kids. It helps that I am the cook around here and red hot Jello is amazing.
I do feel some guilt about subverting their tradition sometimes. That’s the sort of woman I am.
Then I just saw this in Atlanta Cooks for Company, (1968) It combines some of the elements of Red Hot Jello with some of the elements of fluff. I suspect it could be a hit. Now, that doesn’t mean I am going to try it–but I might. You should though if you live in a fluff family but want more taste or a twist on the old favorite. With the cored apple presentation, you have the added bonus of a beautiful presentation.
Chilled Cinnamon Apple Salad
6 Tart Apples
1 cup red cinnamon candies (“cinnamon imperials” or “red hots”)
2 cups water
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 cup dark seedless raisins
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Pare and core apples. Cook candies in water, add apples and simmer until tender, turning frequently. While apples are cooking, blend Miracle Whip with other ingredients. After apples have cooked until tender, drain and fill centers with Miracle Whip mixture.
From Mrs. Jack Pipkin (Atlanta Cooks for Company, 1968)