My dear friend @KitchenMage teased on Twitter:
I am designing the cake to fit her theme and I am afraid to tell you what because you will innundate me with photos of that “salad”…
— kitchenMage (@kitchenmage) July 27, 2013
I, of course, DMed her … her answer was Candle Salad. An answer she eventually made public. (Careful – make sure that “l” key is pressed firmly.)
Candle Salad? Huh?
Google to the rescue: take the curved top half of a banana, stick it upright into a pineapple slice, affix a cherry on top (with a toothpick) and decorate with creamy white drippings. Place the whole thing on a lettuce leaf and serve … to children as a festive dessert.
Yeah … right!
This is not so much a recipe – although it is a recipe – as it is a “oh how our minds have slid into the gutter” post.
Or a giggle.
Even Penzy’s – Penzy’s! – published this recipe (pdf) in 2010 (image at right, page 53):
Laurel Cosbie can’t wait to dig out her holiday recipes and cook something festive for her husband Dick.
It’s better than a real candle, because you can eat it.
One hypothesis: this festive, holiday recipe may have been promoted by Dole (pineapple). Another, by Chiquita (the banana people).
The timeless ingredients seem to be:
- Lettuce leaves (base of candle holder)
- Pineapple ring (candle holder)
- Banana (the candle)
- Maraschino cherry (the flame)
- Mayo (melted wax)
Other ingredients/substitutions along the way:
- Coconut to serve as a wick (1928)
- Strips of red or green pepper (candlestick handles, 1920s)
- Red jelly (1920s) or red jello (1957, pdf) garnish
- Pimento “bit” to serve as flame (1984, pdf)
- Apple slices instead of pineapple (1997, pdf)
- Apricots and raspberries (2009)
- Orange gumdrop instead of cherry (Penzy’s, 2010, pdf)
- Candy corn instead of cherry plus peanut butter (2010)
- Strawberry instead of cherry (2011)
- Whipped cream/sour cream/cottage cheese/cream cheese (anything creamy and white)
For your enjoyment or eye pain or lascivious chuckles (I feel a meme in the making):
Images link to sources; some have recipes.
And I leave you with this illustrated walk though yesteryear (pdf) …. a twisted banana split … and video giggle:
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) March 9, 2013
Will you be serving a Candle Salad this holiday season?
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