It may look like you're eating your greens, but this salad is completely composed of candy. Melted and molded green candy melts are responsible for the surprisingly realistic "lettuce"; red cookies and pound cake compose the tomatoes and croutons, respectively. A sweet trompe l'oeil!
Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients.
- Green candy melts
- red candies or cookies (for tomatoes)
- Cubes of pound cake, toasted or fried (for "croutons")
- heavy duty plastic wrap
- spatula or spoon, for spreading
Step 2: Make the "lettuce"
Melt the candy melts, either in a double boiler or in the microwave. The next several steps are illustrated in the above photo.
Step 3: Pour and Shape the Candy
Spread out a long sheet of plastic wrap (12 inches long or so). On one half of the plastic wrap, spread a 1/3 inch thick layer of the melted confection.
Fold the unused portion of the plastic wrap over the candy, and smooth down to a desired thickness (not too thin or it will break!).
Wrinkle the still-warm candy gently with your fingers, to give little wrinkles and ripples like on lettuce leaves. Let cool for 20-30 minutes or until solid.
Step 4: Uncover, Garnish, Enjoy.
Gently uncover. Pieces may break off at the ends, but this is ok--lettuce is abnormally shaped after all!
Garnish with red cookies or candies and "croutons" made of pound cake.