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1950s Retro Dessert; Blushing Snowball Apples

Updated on October 17, 2013
Blushing Snowballs coconut version
Blushing Snowballs coconut version | Source

Creating Love and Joy through Food

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 1950’s but this type of dessert brings much joy and love to my household. We go and pick the apples to be used in many of our families 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!

Additional Time

  • 10 minutes to cool down before rolling in Flaked Coconut
  • Total Time is 40 Minutes

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4 Apples

Rate This Recipe

3.5 stars from 6 ratings of Blushing Snowball Apples


  • 4 Apples, medium in size and good for sauce
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 12 regular Marshmallows, or 1 1/2 cup mini
  • 2 teaspoons Almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons Maraschino Cherry juice
  • flaked Coconut
Peeled and Cored Apples Ready For Boiling Sauce.
Peeled and Cored Apples Ready For Boiling Sauce. | Source
Stirring the Sauce Ingredients.
Stirring the Sauce Ingredients. | Source
Sauce Boiling and Ready For Apples.
Sauce Boiling and Ready For Apples. | Source


  1. Pare and core the apples. Set aside on a plate.
  2. In a medium size sauce pan, 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 sauce pan and cool on waxed paper for 10 minutes. Place enough coconut on a separate piece of waxed paper to completely cover apples. Roll apples in coconut and sprinkle a bit of coconut in the center hole.
  6. Enjoy!
Blushing Snowballs
Blushing Snowballs | Source

Some Variations of This Recipe

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 from children learning how to cook.

  • Experiencing scratch cooking helps children cultivate a developed palate and a taste for fresh, wholesome ingredients. The earlier children become familiar to 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 the 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


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      Susan Rand 

      4 years ago

      Yummy Yummy A treat we can make together

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      Susan McLeish 

      4 years ago from Rindge, NH

      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!

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      4 years ago from United States

      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! :)

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      Susan McLeish 

      5 years ago from Rindge, NH

      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.

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      Susan McLeish 

      5 years ago from Rindge, NH

      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!

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      M K Paul 

      5 years ago from India

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

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      Hui (蕙) 

      5 years ago

      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

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      5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Looks like a cool and yummy treat.

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      5 years ago from the short journey

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

    • StoneCircle profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan McLeish 

      5 years ago from Rindge, NH

      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.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      5 years ago from New York

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

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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.

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      Koralee Phillips 

      5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      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!

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      Carla J Swick 

      5 years ago from NW PA

      Congrats on HOTD! The recipe looks delicious!

    • cheeluarv profile image


      5 years ago from INDIA

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It sounds healthy. I like that.

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      5 years ago from trivandrum



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