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May 1, 2011 07:20 PM

14 horribly unappetizing vintage food ideas

This is from a odd humor website, generally mid-century industrial food products/concepts like "sack o' sauce in a can o' meat" (seriously):

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  1. I LOVE vintage ads, they are just so cool. My personal favourites are the pharmaceuticals, but these are awesome too. They mayonnaise cake is not such a weird one though, I have a recipe for it somewhere and it just works as an egg substitute (for those pesky moments you have mayo, but no eggs?). The tapeworms crack me up, but actually are still available in some parts of the world. Definitely have issues with the sack o' sauce in a can o' meat, I have no idea what would happen if I threw my 6 year old a prune party but I can express a mild surprise that the meat briefcase is not more popular. Ah, they are brilliant ads.

    1. Oh man, Spam & Limas.........I didn't go any further.

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      1. re: HillJ

        That's the one that did it for me, too.

        1. re: HillJ

          Anyone who would desecrate something as wonderful as Spam with something as despicable as limas....well, definitely a hanging offense!

        2. Awesome! It reminds me of the 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards:

          If anyone's interested in food advertising through the years, Taschen Publishing's 'All American Ads of the...' series of books is most excellent.

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          1. re: beachmouse

            I believe this is the book y'all are looking for. I saw it at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach DE a few years back -- started looking through it and nearly lost my lunch.


            1. re: beachmouse

              I love love love the Weight Watchers cards!
              But they do make me want to go brush my teeth. And rinse. And rinse again.

            2. and James Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food:


              Mayonnaise cake I understand -- wartime recipe when eggs and butter were rationed -- and it's pretty darned tasty, and doesn't taste of mayo at all.

              But a Sack o' Sauce in a Can o' Meat? How drunk did those marketing people have to be to think THAT could be appetizing or catchy?

              Hey, I'll bet that 1970's Weight Watchers was pretty successful...those cards made me lose my appetite completely...!

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              1. re: sunshine842

                Sack o' Sauce in a Can o' Meat doesn't sound much worse than tamales in a can (do they still sell those?).

                1. re: sunshine842

                  Yeah, this page is a direct rip-off of Lileks, who's been doing this vintage food send-up schtick (with much wittier commentary) for years.

                2. high hat tuna souffle - hrrrrp. "with flavor only yeast can give" !!!

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                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    So the tuna's got a yeast infection, then?

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      ewwwww....I didn't think it could get worse, but yet there it went....