The Marshmallow Period

As I was going through my grandma’s recipe box, the number of recipes that had marshmallows as an ingredient made me smile.

I grew up in a time that could have been deemed the marshmallow period.

I don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a bag of mini marshmallows in the cupboard.  Everything from salads to desserts contained those fluffy, sweet little pillows of sugar. 

Ambrosia Salad,  sweet potato casserole, cabbage lime JELL-O salad – yep it’s a thing – Rice Krispies Treats, Watergate Salad and the list goes on. These were salads and desserts that often found their way to picnics, potlucks or church socials.

Marshmallows, Misspellings and Gerry

The frozen dessert recipe card caught my eye for three reasons.  The first was, of course, the marshmallows, the second was the misspelling of dessert (the Olson clan are notorious misspellers), and the third was the attribution in the upper corner – Gerry.

Gerry is my grandma’s nephew’s wife. A midwest girl through and through.  She grew up on her family’s farm in Northern Minnesota.  She married a local boy, raised her girls, and now spoils her grandchildren in that same small town.   

The attribution to Gerry made so much sense to me.  I remember her as a very gracious hostess ensuring people’s comfort,  a plate full of good food, and conversations that meandered into the evening.

During summer visits to Buster and Gerry’s, we spent most of the time outside of the house. They were comfortable visits. No pretenses. The adults sitting on metal lawn chairs talking about family and life.  The kids running around in the cool, tall grass, climbing trees and wishing for dusk to fall so that the firefly catching could commence.

This frozen dessert recipe encapsulates the ease, simplicity and sweetness of those family visits to Northern Minnesota.

Buster and Gerry with one of their grandchildren and the recipe for Frozen Dessert.

Raspberry Banana Frozen Dessert Recipe

A slice of Raspberry Banana Frozen Dessert topped with whipped cream and garnished with fresh raspberries and a mint leaf. Raspberry Banana Frozen Dessert in the background.

Raspberry Banana Frozen Dessert

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: frozen dessert
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 112kcal
This Raspberry Banana Frozen Dessert is a recipe my grandma got from the wife of one of her nephews. It's a perfect dessert to serve on a hot summer day while watching the kids catch fireflies.


  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sliced bananas
  • 1 10 oz package frozen raspberries, partially thawed
  • 1/2 cup cream, whipped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend cream cheese and honey until smooth.
  • Stir in raspberries and bananas.
  • Fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour into a loaf pan and freeze for 8 hours or until firm.


Serving: 1slices | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Recipe Box Roulette

This recipe is from a social media game we developed called Recipe Box Roulette.  Find a family recipe box and play along.

The rules are simple.  Let your fingers wander over the recipes cards in the box, draw one at random, share it with us on FB Page or on your Instagram Feed. Remember to tag @theheritagcookbookproject and use the hashtag #recipeboxroulette.

Extra credit – make the recipe and share a photograph.


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