This recipe has been handed down through 4 generations of my family. It was a favorite summer treat that both my mother and grandmother whipped up. It may be used as either a salad or a dessert. You can also use canned peaches, pears or other mixtures of fruit. Serve it on a crisp leaf of lettuce for a wonderful presentation.
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
3 1/2 cups fruit cocktail drained
1 small jar maraschino cherries halved and drained (reserve liquid)
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
Blend cheese and mayonnaise, stir in the fruits and marshmallows. Add a few drops of cherry juice for color. Fold in whipped cream and pour into two loaf pans. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes, remove from pan and slice. Place each slice on a lettuce leaf.