This week felt like an episode of Chopped. “In your dessert basket, you have: ketchup! mint-apple jelly! and, walnuts!”
It’s pretty fun to see the results when companies make up crazy recipes featuring their ingredients in bizarre ways. It’s even more fun when they manage to convince customers to do that work for them. In 1957, Heinz apparently ran a contest, and published the winning results in the pamphlet “57 Prize Winning Recipes From H.J. Heinz Co. $25,000 Cook With Ketchup Contest.” And some of those recipes were apparently desserts…
1/2 cup Heinz Mint-Flavored Apple Jelly
1/4 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Combine jelly and ketchup in saucepan. Simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Add nuts. Serve warm or cold over vanilla ice cream. Makes about 2/3 cup sauce.
The hardest part of this was finding mint-flavored apple jelly. I looked in three grocery stores, two of which tend to have fairly high-end fancy jams, and didn’t find anything that was even close. (Most didn’t even have apple jelly.)
So, I fudged it. 1/2 cup of some apple jelly and some mint jelly. I worried that too much mint jelly would make this taste like mouthwash, so there’s more apple than mint here.
Then, I shot an amoeba and it started bleeding. Oh no, wait, that’s just ketchup in a pot with some mint and apple jellies.
(Things I never thought I’d type…)
I stirred this around for a few minutes, but the jelly blobs weren’t really melting like I expected. I tried squashing them with a spatula, but that just changed the problem from “a few large blobs” to “lots of small blobs.”
I ended up pureeing it with a stick blender…
After simmering for a while (almost ten minutes, actually) this had thickened up and looked like a respectable sauce.
Finally, I threw in the walnuts, stirred, and served over vanilla ice cream.
Well, what can I say. This was definitely weird. Between ketchup and two kinds of jelly, this was an incredibly sweet sauce. It tasted fairly fruity, but a strong ketchup flavor was the first thing to hit your tongue. (Buzz added extra mint jelly on top of his, and felt that improved things… slightly.) One kid hated it, the other thought he liked it but couldn’t finish. Surprisingly, I thought it was pretty good. But you need to like ketchup, apples, and walnuts, and you definitely should go light on the sauce. It needed plenty of ice cream to mellow out the syrupy topping.
Or, just don’t make this at all. The purpose of this recipe might just be for us to look at and think, “Wow, some of those recipe suggestions were really crazy.” I am baffled that this apparently won a recipe contest.
Charm and Poise scanned this recipe from a 1957 booklet of “Prize Winning Recipes.”