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Seriously Sweet: How to make a Candy Salad!

Sweet Salad

As part of the Cakespy entry in the Foodbuzz “24 Meals, 24 Cities, 24 Blog Posts” worldwide blogging event, we made just about the sweetest salad ever--here's how to make your own!

We used Merckens Green candy wafers, which can be purchased at cakesnthings.com. Originally we thought that using a leaf mold might work for lettuce (you can see some of them on the bottom layer of the salad), but we discovered this method that worked even better:

Step 1: Melt 'em: You may find that one method works better for you than another. We melted them in the microwave, but many swear by the double-boiler method. Check out the different options here.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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!).

Step 4: Wrinkle the still-warm candy gently with your fingers, to give little wrinkles and ripples like on lettuce leaves.

Step 5: Let cool for 20-30 minutes or until solid.

Step 6: Gently uncover. Pieces may break off at the ends, but this is ok--lettuce is abnormally shaped after all!

Garnish as desired (with cake cubes for "croutons", red cookies for tomatoes, etc)

How to make a candy salad

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Reader Comments (12)

oh, cakespy, could you seriously kick any more butt?

September 21 | Unregistered CommenterCeline

You're right! This is about the sweetest salad ever! I LOVE it! Can you imagine how kids would go crazy about this? Oh forget about kids, I'm carzy about it, lol! Brilliant!

September 21 | Unregistered CommenterClumbsy Cookie

Beautiful work!! Congratulations on your 24, 24, 24 post! :) That salad is amazing.. it is so nice that you shared your tips! Thank you!

September 21 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Celine: Or, perhaps you should say, could any more teeth be destroyed? :-)

Clumbsy: Oh yeah...crazy delicious! My fave type of salad!

Laurie: Merci beaucoup! It was a lot of fun!

September 21 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

That's hilariously creative!

This is just a marvelous technique. Thanks for sharing it!

September 22 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Schiff

That is so clever! I'll have to try this with my nephews. They will love a candy salad!

I love it

September 23 | Unregistered Commenterfrantic foodie

Thank you for sharing the 'how to.'I love it you are so creative!!!Sweet success!!

September 23 | Unregistered CommenterNazarina A

That is so creative! I love the tomato cookies and cake croutons too!

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