Wait – what? How to make edible cranberry candles as your holiday salad (1960s)

Edible cranberry candle salad with mayo from 1966 at Click Americana (2)

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You’ll start a whole new family tradition… serve cranberry candles as your salad

Who’d dream a salad so impressive could be so easy to make! The delicate creaminess and fresh flavor of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise make it possible.

Smooth, light Hellmann’s mellows the tart cranberries to create a holiday salad with elegant new flavor — in an elegant new candle shape. Serve it once. . . and you’ll be asked to serve it again and again.

Ingredients for these cranberry candles

1 1-pound can Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 3-ounce package red, yellow or orange fruit-flavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
1 apple or orange, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Heat cranberry sauce, strain, set berries aside. Dissolve gelatin in hot juice and water. Add salt and lemon juice.

Chill until thickened enough to mound slightly when dropped from a spoon.

Beat in real mayonnaise with rotary beater till light and fluffy. Fold in cranberries, fruit and nuts. Divide mixture evenly into eight 6-ounce fruit juice cans. Chill 4 hours or longer. Unmold. Garnish with real mayonnaise to taste.

To flame: Cut thin birthday candles in half to shorten. Insert into tops of cranberry candles. Light.

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Cranberry candles light up with real mayonnaise… Best Foods

What a glamorous, exciting, romantic idea! Light ‘n luscious cranberry candle salads to light up your holiday table. They taste as elegant as they look, and they’re a snap to make with real mayonnaise…

Only Best Foods has the texture to make holiday dazzlers like these. Try ’em. You’ll really set the world on fire.

Edible cranberry candle salad with mayo from 1966 at Click Americana (2)

Cranberry candles as your holiday salad

Yield: 6 candles


  • One 1-pound can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry-flavor gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
  • 1 apple, diced, 1/4 cup walnuts


  1. Heat cranberry sauce; strain. Mix liquid, boiling water and gelatin, stirring until completely dissolved. Add lemon juice and salt.
  2. Chill mixture until slightly thickened. Add mayonnaise; beat with a rotary beater until fluffy.
  3. Fold in reserved cranberries, apple and nuts. Stir and chill until slightly thickened.
  4. Fill sauce can 3/4 full for largest candle. Spoon remaining mixture into assorted cans or glasses. Chill until firm.
  5. Insert birthday candle halves into unmolded candles.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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Edible cranberry candle salads with mayo at Click Americana (1)

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