As you may already know, we have a love-hate relationship with the 80's.
We think the person who developed Spandex should be smacked as he/she continues to wreak havoc on beaches and boardwalks around the country (ok, we suppose Spanx are ok but that's because they are UNDER clothes not the actual clothes). The obsession with jean-shorts was unacceptable. And, the whole high-top thing was just wrong. There are pictures of us to prove it.
But, how can we hate a decade that encompassed so much of our childhood? We loved Jell-O Pudding Pops (seriously, WHO DECIDED TO TAKE THESE OFF THE MARKET, WHERE ARE YOU BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE WORDS), stretch bracelets (these Silly Bandz are weak reinterpretations...we bet you can't make Silly Bandz into fake retainers), slap bracelets, for that matter, and The Cosby Show.
Most importantly, we loved the food. That's right. Food from the 80's. It was so spectacularly bad for you, but everyone was oblivious to all the chemicals and processing and health issues that went along with them that no one cared. They just innocently enjoyed their potato skins, Totino's Party Pizza and Tab while their children (that was us) happily smoked their fake gum cigarettes (really, can you imagine if M&M/Mars tried to make gum cigarettes to market to kids now) and gorged on TCBY (white chocolate mousse was THE best). It was like the 50's only less wholesome.
We, personally, enjoyed semi-homemade hot pink fruit mousse. Did you hear us? Cupcakes? Mousse that was HOT PINK. I mean, do little girls' lives get any better? How many hot pink foods can you think of now? None. We know. Ok.
The amazing thing about this fruit mousse, fashionably called a Bavarian (such a random 80's name, we love it), is that it's NO-BAKE and you know how we love no-bake in the summer AND it's not terribly bad for you. We mean, yes, it includes powdered Jell-O as an ingredient but it has fruit in it! Frozen fruit, yes, but it could be fresh fruit if you wanted. It's quite refreshing in fact. We could totally bring this dessert back from 80's oblivion, right, team?
Did we mention it's hot pink?
Raspberry Strawberry Bavarian
Serves 8-10 people
Adapted from Mummy
6 ounces strawberry or raspberry gelatin (Jell-O, we used one pack of each)
2 cups of boiling water
1 cup of sour cream
1 pint of strawberry or raspberry ice cream
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 10-ounce packages of frozen raspberries (whole berries in syrup)
1 10-ounce package of frozen slice strawberries (slices in syrup)
Place gelatin in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve. Add in the sour cream and whisk until smooth with no clumps. Scoop the frozen ice cream into the gelatin mixture and stir/whisk until melted and smooth. Add the lemon juice.
Finally, add in the frozen fruit. We couldn't find exactly 10-ounce packages so we added 30 ounces of fruit between 2 bags. If you have trouble finding fruit packed in syrup as well, just add a tablespoon of granulated sugar for each 10-ounce bag with no syrup. Anyhoo...once added, use a fork to break up the frozen fruit so that it's all in pieces and there are no raspberries or strawberries stuck together. The cold fruit will start to set the gelatin and keep the fruit from sinking.
Pour the entire hot pink fabulousness into a large decorative bowl and refrigerate until cold and set. About 2 hours or overnight. Serve with fresh berries and/or giant dollops of whipped cream.