If you’ve ever flipped through your grandmother’s old cookbooks, then you’ll know that the 1950s was a truly disturbing era for American cuisine. People liked to make flashy dishes and pair foods that should probably just never be paired.
Take this dish for instance - a Christmas tradition (that we’re all really glad didn’t make it to 2017).
Even the name is enough to make you want to projectile vomit everywhere. I don’t care what anyone says, ham, eggs, and “frosting” have no business being in a loaf. That’s just some Dr. Seuss s**t right there.
Am I the only one who thinks that pies just shouldn’t be a radioactive-orange color? And to make things worse, this “pie” is basically just cream cheese mixed with orange Kool-Aid powder. It’s an insult to pie-kind.
Let’s just ignore for a second the fact that these “candles” look incredibly phallic. Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the candles are made of bananas and the stars are cranberry JELL-O. Not so bad, right? Wait for it...the “melted wax” is made out of mayo.
This one might be the most disgusting thing on the list, because it combines a lot of things that should never ever be combined: JELL-O (because duh), cottage cheese, mayo and seafood. I could barely write this down without feeling the urge to barf.
You could totally make a drinking game out of this: drink every time you see a recipe that uses JELL-O, bananas, tuna or a single green olive hidden somewhere. Just kidding. Don’t do that, because you’ll literally die.
Fruitcake was already bad enough, and they just had to go and freeze it. So now, in addition to eating something disgusting, you get to break your teeth on it too! And last time I checked, nothing about this is a “salad.”
It isn’t rocket science to figure out that hollandaise sauce and ham don’t belong on bananas. Not to mention there's probably no polite way to eat this dish. This is an abomination to cuisine everywhere, but sadly it’s still far from the most disgusting thing on this list.
And now we get to the only good recipe on this list, and probably the only one that has stood the test of time. Its name is weird and it looks incredibly weird, but lo and behold, it has no bizarre ingredients in it! It’s just a regular cake! (Or, sort of anyway.)
The ‘50s even had to go ahead and ruin a perfectly delicious food like potato salad! And putting it in a loaf certainly isn’t helping here! Rule of thumb: you should never be able to slice your potato salad.
I could barely get past how absurd the name of this thing is, but the actual recipe is even worse: a pound-and-a-half tube of bologna, a f**kload of mayo and...drum roll please...gelatin! Because as we’ve established thus far, the ‘50s wouldn’t have been complete without the glutinous use of gelatin.