HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


That 70's dish

  • 8

Can anyone remember the name of that marshmallow, fruit cocktail, and I think, mayonniase dish that found its way to so many buffet tables back then? I've been wracking my brain, but no luck. Many thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Ambrosia? That was usually Cool Whip or sour cream, but there are mayo versions online.


    1 Reply
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      My Mom still makes something she calls Ambrosia for Christmas, but the marshmallows and sour cream/cool whip were left in the 70's. I suppose she should call it fruit salad w/ shredded coconut. Even back then we had real fruit, though. Canned fruit cocktail is one of the foulest things ever.

    2. Gak is right and so are you! Thanks for the memory.

      1. I think you can substitute mayo for egg whites and then fold it into the fruit mixture at the end (slightly cooked egg whites, actually, not raw!) to give the dish that consistency that is soooo good.

        1 Reply
        1. re: taylor_blair

          While there may be versions calling for mayo, my Mom made it a few times when I was a kid and there was NO mayo in hers and it was really good. I remember sour cream and also no cool whip. Oh and there was sweetened shredded coconut.

        2. The Betty Crocker cookbook contains the, imo, definitive recipe for ambrosia. No mayo there.

          1. It classically had Cool Whip (real whip cream being SO hard to make for those busy 70s housefraus) and NEVER mayo. Mayo was so done to death for the entree portion of the meal.

            1. It's called ambrosia on the coasts and in the South, but in the rural Midwest it's just as likely to be called "fruit salad", which confused the @$#% out of me when I lived in Minnesota and was at an appy counter (which they call a "service deli"). (The kind with chopped up fruit is called either "fresh fruit salad" or "cut fruit".)

              I've had it with mayonnaise, but not often -- more usually it contained Cool Whip and/or marshmallow fluff.