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Apr 24, 2008 09:17 PM

What was popular in 1968?

I'm hoping you can help me out. I've decided to throw myself a 40th birthday party and think it would be fun to serve food (appetizers) and drinks that were popular in 1968. I've googled a bit but would appreciate any ideas on where I can find more information/recipes. Thanks!

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  1. Wow. I wonder if they still make Tang....

    5 Replies
    1. re: jlafler

      Indeed they do. And it's delicious!

      In the 80s, when I was a teen, my mother used to shop at the local canned food / slightly damaged / expired food warehouse and one of the gems she found was Mango-flavored Tang. The copy on the jar was always in Arabic, the only English words being "mango" and "tang." I still crave it 20some years later.

      1. re: antrobin

        If you google "mango tang" it seems it's still made and available in Mexican grocery stores.

        1. re: tobycat

          So, if you dumped in a shot of Sammy Hagar's adult beverage, would you have a Mango Wango Tango?

      2. re: jlafler

        The woman in line in front of me at the FoodsCo on Thursday was purchasing two enormous bottles of Tang. Not only is it still made, it's made in industrial size canisters.

        1. re: mpalmer6c

          Every time I see this something else jumps out at me. What on Earth is potato-cheese Charlotte? Tomatoes stuffed with chicken livers? Yum!

            1. re: mpalmer6c

              Interesting....the 70s part mentions something called a hummingbird cake that was supposedly very popular. I pretty much learned to cook in the 70s and I never heard of a hummingbird cake!! Of course, I never would have made it anyway (since it contains bananas...).

              My go-to cake of the 70s was a Harvey Wallbanger cake. Made in a bundt pan with yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, orange juice, vodka, and Galliano.

              1. re: janetofreno

                Hummingbird cake was also called Doktor Bird cake, supposedly named for a mascot for a Caribbean airline. You made it in a Bundt pan--new in the early seventies--and drizzled a glaze over. (I think. I've actually forgotten how you were supposed to ice it.) I believe the ingredients included canned pineapple and bananas. Here is a link to Martha's version baked as a layer cake:


              2. re: mpalmer6c

                Ah, I had completely forgotten the "fondue craze!" Thank you for the reminder.

                What is the oft cited statement, "if you remember the '60s, you were not there... ?"


                    1. re: MobyRichard

                      This was new to me in the early 'seventies.

                      1. re: sueatmo

                        Fondue was so the thing in 1968. I got married (for the first time :-D ) that year and received at least 4 fondue pots as wedding presents.

                        1. re: chicgail

                          I got married in 1999 and we received a fondue pot, from an Roman historian, no less! Verily, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            While we were not married until 1970. we also received four - think that we have one very nice SS one in the closet.