Tastes Just Like Childhood: Nostalgic Foods ‘50s & 60s Kids Grew Up On

Just like fashion trends, there have food items that definitely haven’t aged well. The things that people ate in the 50s and 60s and much different than what we consume nowadays. However, tasting something you ate in your childhood can instantly take you back to a happier and simpler time in your life. Back in the day, family dinners meant you saw this stuff at the table during every holiday meal or cocktail party your parents through.

The Chinese fondue with broth
The Chinese fondue with broth. Source: 123rf.com

Some of these recipes stem from the appeal of new “convenience” food such as canned soup and boxed cake mix. Some of these products are questionable at the very least, but others are delicious, and it’s quite disappointing that they aren’t as common in 2020. Whether you hate them or miss them, get your appetite ready! These are some of the most iconic food items that only kids from the ‘50s and ‘60s remember.

Gelatin Molds

Sure, gelatin sounds like a random sugary food item we give to kids, but back in the day, no special occasion was complete without something served in a gelatin mold. Whether you were welcoming a new neighbor and celebrating a promotion, forget the Champaign, Jell-O was the way to go!

Woman cuts strawberry jelly
Woman cuts strawberry jelly. Source: 123rf.com

The lime flavor debuted in 1930, according to the Jell-O Gallery. By the ‘50s and ‘60s, it became the basis of many molds and showed off the cook’s creativity. These interesting recipes included cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, celery, nuts, oranges, and/or sour cream. Some people even threw in some vinegar, grated cucumber, and onion. I didn’t want Jell-O this much in my life.


These days, there are French fries and ketchup, cookies and milk, chips and salsa, and hot wings and Ranch. Needless to say, the list of dipping foods we can choose from today is not short. But one of the earliest mentions of dipping food dates back to the 17th Century, and it happens to be melted cheese, according to BBC.

Gourmet Swiss fondue dinner
Gourmet Swiss fondue dinner. Source: 123rf.com

The dish was served in Switzerland at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and soon turned into a dinner party trend. If you grew up in the ‘60s, cheese fondue was definitely featured at your parent’s dinner parties. It is still a nice addition to your table, but it doesn’t seem like something hosts prioritize or think much about at all anymore.

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