Red Hot Applesauce Salad

If you’re craving something rich and sinful for Valentine’s Day, look no further than my Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.  If, on the other hand, you need a little something festive to brighten up your Valentine’s Day supper, a nice red salad will do the trick.  One of our favorites is Strawberry Pretzel Salad.  The other is this tasty, simple salad made special with the combination of only 5 ingredients.

Red Hot Applesauce Salad

  • heaping 1/3 cup Red Hot cinnamon candies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small box red gelatin (cherry, strawberry, raspberry all work fine)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • whipped topping, optional

Combine candy and water in a small saucepan.  Heat until boiling, dissolving the candy.  Add gelatin.  Dissolve.  Add applesauce; mix well.  Pour in an 8×8 (or similar small size) dish.  Refrigerate until set.  Top individual servings with whipped topping, or spread whipped topping over all.  Easily doubled for a 9×13 pan.


Treat your family to some festive food this Valentine’s Day!

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  1. That is so clever. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that. Very pretty. Since it has gelatin, can you cut it in the shape of a heart?

  2. This sounds really fun and easy… what a fun and festive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I know my kiddos would LOVE this combination of flavors…

  3. That looks so good! I’ve never seen anything like that before. I know my kids would love it. I’ll have to try it soon.

    Red hots always remind me of my grandma. She always kept a small glass jar of them in her kitchen cabinets and she’d give me a handful whenever I helped her with something. It’s been years since I’ve had any though. This would be a perfect excuse to buy a big bag and maybe start that tradition with my kids too. 🙂

  4. YummY! This sounds delish! 😀

  5. My MiL makes a verison of this and it is really, really good!

  6. How fun! I have never seen anything like this, but my family definitely loves the hot, cinnamon flavor of the red hots. I think this would be a hit at our house. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Very unique idea. I need to find out WW points for this 🙂


  8. Shanna Mundell says:

    This is delicious! My grandmother has been making it for years! We have it at all our holiday dinners. It is great in place of cranberry sauce with ham and turkey. It is so good and SO you will love it!

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