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Blushing Snowball Apples: 1950s Retro Dessert

I write about my love of cooking and trying out new recipes that come to me via family or an old cookbook.

Blushing snowballs (coconut version)

Blushing snowballs (coconut version)

Conveying Love Through Cooking in the 1950s

In the postwar years, cooking had a new significance. Creating food was no longer about keeping your family fed on a low budget and minimal ingredients, it was now about conveying your love for them through well planned out meals. Making each and every meal enjoyable and distinctive became synonymous with being a good wife and mother.

Women left the workforce and became homemakers. Refrigerators with freezers, percolators and stoves that ran on electricity entered the kitchens across America. There was a brand new style of cooking happening now that food could be kept for days on end. Gelatin was an “in” cooking product, Tupperware was used to store leftovers, frozen foods were becoming part of the normal shopping item. This lead to numerous ways to mix and match food to spice up the family event of eating.

This recipe is a new twist on a simple baked apple. The blushing snowball is considered by many cookbooks as, “Getting the most value for your food while providing a nutritious dessert.” Some of the recipes you can find from this era seem out of place these days such as a gelatin mold filled with fruit and evaporated milk. I find that this dessert recipe still has its place today in my cookbook.

It may not be the 1950s anymore, but this dessert brings much joy and love to my household. We go and pick the apples to be used in many of our family's favorite fall desserts, anybody can make this recipe due to its simplicity and it tastes great on a crisp fall evening. What more could you ask for from such a delightful, red apple!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Cooling time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 blushing apples

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  • 4 medium apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 12 regular marshmallows (or 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • Flaked coconut


  1. Pare and core the apples. Set aside on a plate.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, make a syrup of the sugar, water, marshmallows, maraschino cherry juice, and almond extract. Stir the ingredients until marshmallows are melted and sugar has been incorporated.
  3. Place the apples in the boiling sauce and return the sauce to a boil before covering the pan. Turn the heat down to medium low once the pan is covered.
  4. Cook the apples in gently rolling boil syrup for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the apples over, avoid breaking the fruit, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Remove apples from the saucepan and cool on waxed paper for 10 minutes.
  6. Place enough coconut on a separate piece of waxed paper to completely cover apples. After the applies have cooled for 10 minutes, roll them in coconut and sprinkle a bit of coconut in the center hole. Enjoy!
Peeled and cored apples ready for boiling sauce

Peeled and cored apples ready for boiling sauce

Stirring the sauce ingredients

Stirring the sauce ingredients

Sauce boiling and ready for apples

Sauce boiling and ready for apples

Blushing Snowballs

Blushing Snowballs

Recipe Variations

Instead of the almond extract and maraschino cherry juice, use:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon candies

Make as above recipe.

Or try it with:

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 4 serving packages of strawberry gelatin mix
  • 4 cups of water

Bring the water and gelatin to a boil. add in cinnamon. Place apples in saucepan and cook as directed above. You can serve this with a whipped topping instead of the coconut.

Children and Cooking

This recipe is child-friendly. They can help peel the apples, measure the ingredients and roll the apples in coconut. Below is some information on the benefits of children learning how to cook.

Read More From Delishably

  • Experiencing scratch cooking helps children cultivate a developed palate and a taste for fresh, wholesome ingredients. The earlier children become familiar with nutritious foods, the less likely they are to acquire a taste for processed foods. Meals prepared from scratch usually contain added nutrients and fewer calories, chemicals and sweeteners than pre-packaged foodstuffs and restaurant meals.
  • Spending time in the kitchen gives them confidence. Kids thrive on feeling a sense of accomplishment. Cooking is an ideal way to boost self-worth and teach responsibility. It also aids them in the basics of math at an early age. Try making a recipe without math!
  • Cooking with children when they are young offers an opportunity to connect with them on a regular basis. Your time talking and cooking in the kitchen together becomes even more important as they reach the adolescent and teenage years.

© 2013 Susan McLeish


Susan Rand on November 20, 2013:

Yummy Yummy A treat we can make together

Susan McLeish (author) from Rindge, NH on November 18, 2013:

idigwebsites, never thought of putting the 2 together till I found this recipe. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you try it out!

idigwebsites from United States on November 18, 2013:

A little bit of history and a lot of food rolled into one excellent hub. I never imagined apple and coconut to be a good combination but your recipe looks really really delicious. Congratulations on your HOTD! :)

Susan McLeish (author) from Rindge, NH on November 13, 2013:

rebeccamealey, vidhyavinod, cheeluarv, truthfornow, carlajbehr & Rtalloni = Thank you for taking the time to comment on this hub. I am glad you all enjoyed it and hope you enjoy the dessert even more.

Susan McLeish (author) from Rindge, NH on November 13, 2013:

M K Paul, thanks and i hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Hui, I am going to put the Chinese basic cooking principle up on my chalk board in the kitchen. I will use it in my daily cooking.

Craftyto the Core, I am glad I shared a recipe that you haven't heard of before. Isn't it great when we find new culinary delights!

M K Paul from India on November 12, 2013:

Nice recipe.I'll definitely try it soon...

Hui (蕙) on November 12, 2013:

Apple is known as the king of fruit kingdom. I love it, and almost have it, whether the fruit or juice, or cook it, every day. This recipe looks great, stick to Chinese basic cooking principle: beautiful appearance, sweet smell, and delicious taste. I'll try it

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on November 12, 2013:

Looks like a cool and yummy treat.

RTalloni on November 12, 2013:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this retro dessert. What a fun presentation it would make!

Susan McLeish (author) from Rindge, NH on November 12, 2013:

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I do appreciate them all. I am very proud to have this article as hub of the day.

I think children should help in the kitchen for many reasons other than the ones I stated in the article KoraleeP.

This will make a great holiday treat YourCousins. Especially for the cook!

Thanks for sharing to FB RobinGrosswirth23.

Robin Grosswirth from New York on November 12, 2013:

This sounds delicious! You also wrote it in a very easy way to follow and produce great results. Thanks. I shared to fb.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on November 12, 2013:

Lovely recipe for the holidays! It looks so good I can almost taste it. I have never tried cooking apples with a marshmallow sauce...and topping it with coconut seems like a great finisher.

Koralee Phillips from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on November 12, 2013:

Wow this recipe is amazing. Almond, Maraschino Cherry juice and

flaked Coconut...yummy. I love your history of baking and advice for letting children help. Definitely a perfect choice for HOTD!

Carla J Swick from NW PA on November 12, 2013:

Congrats on HOTD! The recipe looks delicious!

cheeluarv from INDIA on November 12, 2013:

Very useful,nutritional recipe for Dessert.Congrats for Hub of the Day.

CraftytotheCore on November 12, 2013:

This sounds so good! Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I have never heard of this before, but I will definitely try it sometime.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 12, 2013:

It sounds healthy. I like that.

vidhya from trivandrum on November 12, 2013:


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