Sweet recipes: Retro desserts reborn

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Although we are always longing for the newest and trendiest desserts, it’s the old time favorites that never disappoint. Dust off your family recipes and bring back some vintage favorites to share for the holidays. Here is a blast from the past with a few retro desserts.

Ambrosia

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A spin on a traditional fruit salad, ambrosia brings a little sweetness to the mix. Ink Foods brings this old favorite back to life by combining fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, nuts and coconut to make a fresh spin on this retro dish.

Grocery List:
8-ounce package of cream cheese
2 cups sour cream
1 cup fruit cocktail, canned
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1 cup mandarin oranges
2 cups marshmallows
shredded coconut, garnish
chopped walnuts, garnish
maraschino cherry, garnish

Directions:
Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature before mixing with sour cream; stir until smooth.
Drain juice from fruit cocktail and mix in the chopped pineapple and mandarin oranges before adding to cream cheese mixture.
Once fruit and cream cheese is combined, gently stir in marshmallows.
Spoon into serving dishes and top with shredded coconut, chopped walnuts and a maraschino cherry.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Baked Alaska
A classic ice cream bomb layered over a cake flavor of your choice makes this an all time favorite. Keeping the ice cream frozen will be the key to covering the top in meringue and baking before serving.

Jello Mold
An American classic, Jello can be found in a vast amount of old time desserts including a classic Jello mold. With so many flavor options for every season, this recipe must be brought back to stay. Combining peaches, peach Jello and condensed milk is the perfect way to start.

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Strawberry Chiffon Pie
Making its comeback from the 1920s, a classic chiffon pie is made with strawberries, egg whites and gelatin in a graham cracker crust. This pie is light and fluffy and can also be made in a variety of flavors to satisfy your holiday cravings.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A soft and crumbly cake, topped with caramelized pineapple and cherries will bring you back to your childhood. Quick and easy can be the theme for your holiday dessert baking and this cake will do the job.

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