Sunday, April 1, 2012
COOL WHIP and a Delicious Recipe . . .
As a child, whenever I saw the famous blue top of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping on our counter top, I knew my mom was going to make a dessert that would be enjoyed by the whole family. Not only did she use it for our everyday desserts, like berries topped with COOL WHIP, but it was a staple in most of her desserts come holiday season. Her famous fruit salad was held together by non other than the delicious, COOL WHIP. When she put the desired amount into the salad, she would hand me a spoon and let me eat the leftover whipped topping, right from the container!
Being my mom's assistant chef, I often got to help her create new desserts using COOL WHIP. One of my favorites as a child and still is today, is when she would mix it with chocolate pudding to make it like a mousse. Of course, just putting it in there was never enough. Once the mousse was in a bowl she would top it with even more COOL WHIP. I used to call it, the fluffy white yummy. That coming from a 5 year old. Who am I kidding? I still think of COOL WHIP as the the fluffy cloud that completes most of our desserts!
Not only did my mom help me find my love of all things desserts, but COOL WHIP did as well. It is such a versatile topping that it completes so many dishes. My sisters always love to hear what I will make at the next family dinner. In the past, I have made a Pumpkin Trifle, using COOL WHIP as one of the layers. As well as a chocolate trifle. Again, the trifle wasn't complete without the tasty whipped topping in between. Summer pies are another of our favorites at family gatherings. A fresh lemon pie topped off with COOL WHIP, makes this tart dessert something sweet!
Now that I have a family of my own, I have found my own uses for COOL WHIP with a few oldies from my mom. I love dressing up simple everyday desserts with the whipped topping because it always adds the perfect final touch of yummy. Now that summer is just around the corner, so are fresh fruits from our local farmer's market. My family loves fruit salads filled with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, and of course we always add COOL WHIP. It really enhances the berries and is like the "cherry on top", of this easy, everyday dessert. A favorite of my son's is a chocolate chip brownie, covered with COOL WHIP. Of course, I have to make it a little more special and add a heart sprinkle. The creamy combination of COOL WHIP and chocolate is so good, it can't get any better than that.
As much as I love simple everyday desserts, my husband loves chocolate cake that is completed using COOL WHIP as the topping. The recipe is quite simple and you can always make changes to your own liking, but it always has to have the whipped topping! For warning, this dessert has tons of calories. But, adding the COOL WHIP seems like a fair trade off. The light whipped topping and chocolate again, is like the perfect pair to us.
Divine Chocolate Cake:
1 box of chocolate cake mix (you can use any kind of chocolate you like)
Half a Jar of Caramel sauce (I use the kind you would top your ice cream with)
1 Cup of Heath Bars (Here is where you can add your favorite candy bar)
1 Container of COOL WHIP
Make cake as directed on the box. While cake is baking, crush your preferred candy bar so that is finely chopped. A rolling pin works well here! Once the cake is completely cooled, poke holes in the cake using a chop stick if you have one, if not a fork will work as well. Here is where it starts to get decadent. Add about half a jar of the caramel topping, if you want to you can add more. It is up to you how much you want the cake to have on it. The cake will absorb all the caramel. I usually let it sit for about 15 minutes. Now for the yummy part, add the whole container of COOL WHIP to the top of the cake and spread it out evenly. Don't over spread it as you want it to stay fluffy! Then you add your candy bar topping. Spread evenly.
With this dessert, which is usually had on birthdays and special events, the COOL WHIP is the perfect addition and really completes it.
I am hoping that my boys will pass down the tradition in their families of using COOL WHIP in everyday desserts, just like I have. That, or I will have to teach their future wives all of our favorite recipes. Just how I ate out of the container, I am waiting for the day that my son grabs a spoon and helps himself to the deliciousness that is COOL WHIP. I have to say without the yummy whipped topping, desserts in our house just aren't complete.
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