Welcome To Taste of States a place where we celebrate the weird and wonderful food of the United States of America. This can be everything from the snacks that are available for a limited time to the foods that are classic traditions at events such as Christmas and Thanksgiving! Each week we will explore the facts and the history surrounding a different food.
Today we are jumping back in time a bit to bring you a delicacy that was popular predominantly between the 1920s and the 1960s. It was a salad that was invented to try and persuade children to eat their fruit as they wouldn’t because of their unusual appearance.
So what exactly IS a Candle Salad? Well, a normal recipe includes lettuce, pinapple, banana (which is in the uproght position) and a cherry on top. It is also garnished with either mayonnaise or Cottage Cheese.
This was a meal that was popular at events like Halloween and Christmas and back then no-one realyl thought of the plate looking potentially rude. Both pineapples and bananas had become popular and widely available in the 1920s and that is how this dish came about.
One of the first cook books that it appeared in was Betty Crocker’s Cook Book For Boys and Girls in 1957 and descrbed it as ‘better then being a candle because you can eat it.’