It says salad, but it’s more like a dessert if you can even call it that. It certainly isn’t a salad – any salad that has a literal candy bar in it doesn’t belong at the table. But what else is inside this dish? It has things like whipped cream, Granny Smith apples (specifically that kind, for some weird reason), and pudding.
You’ll also find nuts of varying amounts or varieties, caramel, coconut, and more. How do you make it? It’s simple: chop all the stuff and put it in a bowl. That’s all it takes. It will probably take you longer to buy the stuff and get it home from the store. You’ll also have to chop up Snickers, even though it seems better just to serve those as the dessert.
The South’s Worst – Ambrosia Salad
How often can you point to something that is called both a salad and a dessert? Too many times, especially since one of the times is ambrosia salad. It’s practically a Christmas tradition in a number of Southern states to supply this...part of the meal. It uses mandarin oranges, pineapples, coconut, and mini marshmallows.
But there are lots of recipes that throw in things like strawberries, bananas, cherries, pecans, whipped cream, yogurt, or cottage cheese. That is quite a lot of stuff, and it all kinda mashes into a big mess when you try to eat it. It came about thanks to the trade routes in the South making citrus fruits so much more readily available. Even better, you can serve it in any dish that will allow a spoon.
California’s Worst – Fortune Cookie
Opening up a fortune cookie after a meal of takeout Chinese is so ingrained in most of us that not having a fortune cookie seems like a crime. You get to crack them open and laugh at the “fortune” that is inside, and then maybe eat the cookie, too. They were invented in California, which just goes to show you most of the bad stuff comes from California.
The cookies are dry, hard, and almost tasteless. While the fortunes might not be tasteless, they are best adjusted by adding something like “in the bathroom” or “in the bedroom” to the end of them, which will be far funnier than the confusing ice cream koans that they usually have. Have you ever seriously gotten a real fortune from one of these?
Louisiana’s Worst – Bread Pudding
Bread is great. It’s for sandwiches, toast, and lots of other great stuff. Pudding is...it’s fine, we guess. A lot of people like it. Bread pudding, on the other hand, is something that we’re surprised people still eat. The first ingredient is stale bread, and it just barely gets better from there. You soak that bread in a bath of milk, sugar, eggs, nuts, and fruits.
And then you take that whole mess and bake it until it seems good enough to eat. You can eat it either hot like a pudding or cold like a cake. Notice we said “eat” and not “enjoy,” because we’re fairly certain nobody has actually enjoyed bread pudding. It’s just a way to make stale bread something you can eat again.
Minnesota’s Worst – Strawberry Delight
Yes, delight, that’s definitely the word we’d use on something that uses cream cheese, graham crackers, milk, strawberries, strawberry gelatin, canned pineapple, walnuts, and marshmallows. The way to make this dessert, if you have a burning desire for such dark knowledge, is to pretty much just throw all of it into a pan and put it in the fridge to set.
It’s a staple of potlucks both in the state where it originated, as well as in the South for some reason. Cooler treats probably do well there, even if they’re whatever this is pretending to be. On their own, all of those things are fine, but for some reason together they make a dish that simply shouldn’t be. It also looks like some people put chives on top, which is just plain weird.