Hey Mom, I Want Some Red Hot Fruit Salad!

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by twissis

Occ things you do on pure impulse turn out to be neat surprises. I got 1 of those surprises last nite when DH and I decided to have a simple fruit salad for dinner. I made it, looked at it and then thought ... BORING! I wanted to do something to make it an esp tasty and out of the ordinary attention-getter. I was sorting thru my cupboard, ran across some red hot cinnamon candies I had just brought back from the US and I decided my search was over. Before you scoff and move on to the next recipe, I gotta tell you this is really good, has a great holiday look and would also be good for a unique pot-luck dish. My bet is it will have your family begging for this fruit salad or even thinking of it as a dessert. Time does not include refrigeration time.

Top Review by ellie_

Delicious! I used vanilla yogurt but used the same fruit as listed. I admit I have a bit leary about using the red hots--but this doesn't taste hot just delicious! Next time I will add an apple to the fruit. I am having the leftovers for breakfast! Thanks for sharing this keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups seedless grapes (I used a mix of red & green)
  • 12 cup raisins
  • 2 fresh oranges (peeled & sectioned, I had clementines on hand & used 3 of them)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (well-drained)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled & diced)
  • 12 cup yoghurt (I used caramel flavor, but use vanilla just as often)
  • 14 cup red-hot candies
  • 2 bananas (sliced in 1/2 in slices)


  1. Combine yoghurt, red-hot candies & raisins. Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs, stirring at 30 min intervals.
  2. Prepare & combine the remaining fruit ingredients in a bowl when nearly ready to serve. Add the bananas last.
  3. Add the yoghurt, red-hots & raisin mix to the fruit. Stir well & refrigerate till ready to serve, but is best if served soon after mixing.
  4. NOTES: A variety of fresh seasonal or canned fruits can be used w/equal success. The above was just what I had on hand. - Refrigeration time is important as it softens the candy & releases the cinnamon flavor & color. They will fully dissolve w/longer refrigeration time. Add chopped pecans or walnuts as an option & enjoy!
  5. CAUTION: You will want to eat this sauce w/a spoon & forget about the fruit! Pls try to resist this temptation. Your family will love you for it.

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