Breakfast buffet: National heavenly hash day
February 2nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

This treat is fit for the pearly gates - February 2 is National Heavenly Hash Day!

Whatever mental image the name of this mystery dish conjures up in your mind, you're probably right! That's because the name "heavenly hash" has been given to several things, and indeed, they all sound divinely inspired.

If heavenly hash is mentioned around the holidays, it's most likely that fluffy white fruit salad that can contain any number of yummy ingredients all swirled together. Typically, sour cream, mini marshmallows, mandarin oranges, coconut and pineapple chunks are mixed and left to sit in the fridge overnight.

The next day, you've got some serious magic going on in the bowl because the acidity of the fruit and sour cream breaks down the marshmallows for a sweet chilled salad that is reminiscent of days gone by. You can add pretty much anything to this salad and it will still taste marvelous. Grapes, bananas, apples, maraschino cherries or even Cool Whip add distinctive flavors. This is also known as five-cup or Millionaire Salad, which your grandparents are sure to recognize as a childhood favorite.

Heavenly hash is also the name of a candy, which you can make with chocolate, walnuts and mini marshmallows. Heavenly hash cakes and brownies are also popular. And just think, no matter what you go with, you're sure to get your daily serving of marshmallows in!

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  1. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Oh wow! That has to be illegal somewhere!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  2. AleeD®

    Breyer's Heavenly Hash was an ice cream flavor we all adored growing up. When Mom (not always the best source for information) made something like this, she always called it Ambrosia – I think because she loved Cool Whip so much. Thanks for that memory.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
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