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Ambrosia Salad... 80's Party worthy? Other suggestions?

I was born in the 80's so my memories are limited to the jello at the kiddies table.

What are some of the definitive 80's desserts that wouldn't be confused with another decade?

Ambrosia salad came to mind because of its sheer ghetto ingredients (cool whip, cancer cherries, mini marshmallows). Was that 80's specific though? Chocolate fondue seems a little too 70's.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. "It's sheer ghetto ingredients...". Word!!
    Ambrosia salad, in my mind, goes quite a bit farther back than that, but it wouldn't stop me from eating it, that's for sure. I think the most ubiquitous dessert I can recall from that era was Dacquoise. And I agree about the chocolate fondue; it just screams '72. I'm thinking, Jello Jigglers came on the scene back in the eighties, though....but not sure at all you'd care to make or eat them.

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    1. re: mamachef

      Oh for sure, 70's. My mom used to make it.

    2. It strikes me that mousses were all the rage. Remember the packet mousse mixes that were supposed to mimic the ones in swanky restaurants? Pudding plus cool whip works pretty well too. I mean... you know, "well." ;)

      And weren't those molten chocolate cakes with the melty centers a product of the 80s too? Just thinking back on movies from the 80s.

      My only other thought is a sad-looking fruit plate for the millions of 80s dieters. HA!

      1. Ambrosia is really more of a 60s throwback. In fact, I recall potlucks that we attended during the 80s in which one particular attendee always brought ambrosia, and it was considered passe at the time.
        Most of the other desserts I recall from that era are really timeless -- cheesecake, brownies, etc.
        80s specific would be chocolate chips made with Reese's pieces, which as I recall became popular as the result of the movie ET.

        1. Chocolate mousse cake -- chocolate cookie crust, chocolate mousse filling, whipped cream swirl on top.

          1. Flourless chocolate cake too.