14 horribly unappetizing vintage food ideas
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.
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...!
Lime Jello in a can of Pineapple, what could be better?
Tuna Gelatin Salad made with canned milk. Yum!
Flesh color Jello! It's Alive! Oh, it's just tomato soup, mayonnaise and jello, nevermind.
Hot Dogs surrounding Parsley Potatoes. You have to be real hungry.
SPAM Peach Fiesta Cups. I'm glad they can't e-mail this SPAM!
Fiesta Peach SPAM Bake. Words fail me.
Is it a ham or is it a mousse? It's a Ham Mousse! That's cold. Yep it's cold.
Ice Cream in every color of the rainbow. Some colors should not be used.
Ok, two vintage recipes that make me want to take a turpentine bath, complete with wire brush;
Twinkie "salad", e.g. whole twinkies suspended in Jello.
Lamb Hollywood, which is basically mac and cheese with ground lamb and little balls of some nasty liverwurst mixture.
"Meat should never, EVER be spreadable"? I guess this dude hasn't heard of pate. I admit that if I were all alone, in a dark room, I would not be above spreading some of that weird Spam spread on a cracker with some of the tube cheese.
The tuna souffle sounded like a fun retro dish, until I looked at the ingredients. Did everything in the 50s have shortening and pimiento?
What are some current food products that future generations will scoff at? I nominate those pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the frozen food section.