This year for Thanksgiving, we went to a friend's house, so I didn't do much cooking. I made a few dishes to bring over though.
This candy apple salad is a recipe I got from my mother-in-law. My son absolutely loves this dessert. The only change I made was to make my own whipping cream, rather than using cool-whip (16 oz). You can certainly use the cool whip, but here is the list of ingredients: Cool Whip Original is made of water, hydrogenated vegetable oil (including coconut and palm oils), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skim milk, light cream, and less than 2% sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and beta carotene (as a coloring) (from Wikipedia)
I'm sure all those ingredients are in the milky way candy bars, but that's the exception. I just wanted this dessert to be slightly healthier by using real heavy cream. I have not tried using sucanat for this dish, which is a healthier sugar, but I'll try it another time. I think it will give the dish a different flavor and make it more caramelly-like.
This dish got a lot of compliments at our Thanksgiving party.
Candy Apple Salad
3 apples of your choice, cut into small chunks with skin on
4 milky way candy bars, cut in small pieces
1 cup white sugar
2- 8oz cream cheese [softened]
1 cup nuts pecans or walnuts.
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 T. sugar
With an electric mixer, mix softened cream cheese and sugar together. In a separate bowl, add whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar and whip with a whisk or electric beater into stiff peaks. Fold into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in apples, milky way, and nuts. Mix well and refrigerate for a couple of hours or make a day ahead.
Pecan Surprise Bars- these bars are always a great hit at a party.
Our turkey was coated with bacon and delicious. All the food was great and we definitely over-stuffed ourselves. We got to meet up with some old friends from our old neighborhood. It was a great time.