Favorite Foods in 1950-1960s

Most people today grew up in America during the 1950s and 1960s – what an era. One thing most people remember is the foods they ate or that were favorites.

Here is a look back at some of the favorite foods from the 1950s-1960s, see if you do agree they were good., usually home made. Check also with other family members, especially older ones.

A family favorite was Tuna Noodle Casserole to be served at dinnertime. One just needed a can of tuna, a can of mushroom soap, and a few seasonings.

A dessert favorite was Pineapple Upside Down Cake. In the center of each pineapple ring was a cherry. The dessert first appeared in 1926 winning the first Dole recipe contest.

Chicken a la King filled with chunks of white chicken and vegetables in a cream sauce started in the early 1900s and was super popular in the 1950s.

A special type of salad was Ambrosia with oranges, coconut, cherries, bananas and pineapples. Using whipped topping blended well with the fruits.

On the dinner menu for many was a large meatloaf. Not only good for dinner but leftovers could be used the next day for sandwiches.

Great for any party or get-together was to serve Clam Dip. Use just canned clams, cream cheese chopped white and green onions and seasoning.

Canned meat such as SPAM, first came out in 1937 and used to feed the military troops. SPAM continued to be popular in the 1950s, especially to serve children. It is still being sold in some 44 countries across the globe.

One can’t forget the beginnings of the classic TV Dinner. The Swanson Company had leftover turkey in 1953 so they developed a complete meal with turkey on a reheat-able tray and it was named ‘TV dinners’. Soon a variety of other food choices were developed for the aluminum trays.

Photo: 1950s Swanson TV Turkey Dinner.

Related FamilyTree.com Blogs:

Favorite Foods from 1850s to 1900

Breakfast Food of Your Ancestors

Leftovers from the 1930s

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