Introduction: Candy Salad
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!
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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.