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Michelle T

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Date: 6/21/12 10:10 PM

We have been invited to a 40th birthday party and the theme is the 50's.

It is going to be a big party on a family farm.

As well as a costume contest there is a 50's dessert and Jello salad contest.

Now I date from the 60's and have no idea about dessert ideas for the 50's. I am not going to touch Jello salads.

Please help with some recipe ideas. I do have a couple old cook books but they are not that old.

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Date: 6/21/12 10:26 PM

Oh, man, it was a dreary time recipe-wise. Even though you might not want to attack a jello salad, this concoction really was a high point of the period (or very low point, depending on your viewpoint). Picture a little kid being handed a dishful of this. Or this.

Is there an icon for 'finger down the throat'?
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Subject: 1050s desserts and Jello salads? Date: 6/21/12 10:44 PM

That second jello "salad" looks and sounds disgusting. My son refuses to call anything a salad that uses Jello as an ingredient.

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Subject: 1050s desserts and Jello salads? Date: 6/21/12 11:01 PM

The Christmas jello salad sounds good. We used to make orange jello with shredded carrots and crushed pineapple mixed in.


Here's a link from cooks.com for 1950's jello salads. Briefly it looks like the stuff we ate. Some of them are pretty good.
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Date: 6/21/12 11:04 PM

The Christmas jello salad sounds good. We used to make orange jello with shredded carrots and crushed pineapple mixed in.


My mother used to make the same gelatin mold for passover with chopped walnuts and jellied cranberry sauce in the mix as well. it actually tastes good.

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Date: 6/21/12 11:18 PM

Ok Michelle - here is one that I have made and actually like. It was given to me by a friend when we moved out to go to school in 1973 and it was a family favourite for a long time, so is certainly period-correct. My recipe card says it is from the Jello package. I am told that if you really want good jello salad recipes, you need to talk to prairie people.

Waldorf Mould
Dissolve 2 pkgs. lime Jello with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cups boiling water. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water and 4 teaspoons vinegar. Chill until thick. Add 1 1/2 cups celery, 2 cups red apples, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Mould and chill.

And here is a favourite cake recipe from back then. I haven't made it for years. Not sure I even know where to find instant pudding in the grocery store!

"The" Cake
1 package yellow cake mix (19 oz. ) * not metric!
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup sherry
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat it all for 5 minutes and pour into a greased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Have a great party!

Sounds like a fun party!
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Date: 6/22/12 0:02 AM

How about Jello shot "salad"? There is an entire blog dedicated to Jello shots, Jello Shot Test kitchen. Some of them are wonderful.......

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Date: 6/22/12 0:39 AM

Desserts which are specific to the '50's are probably not recreatable these days because they relied on mixes and ingredients which have been improved or which have disappeared.

Cooking in the 1950's in this country was pretty dismal except that there have always been really good cooks and bakers in this nation so not everyone ate badly. (I know this because my own mother was an exceptional cook, and no one ever wanted to invite her for a meal because they didn't think that they came up to her standards.)

If you will settle for some recipes which are delicious and which were served in the 1950's, even not though specifically developed in that period, I would be glad to share some.
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Date: 6/22/12 0:39 AM

Somehow I made a duplicate post, apologies.
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Date: 6/22/12 0:54 AM

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Not sure I even know where to find instant pudding in the grocery store!


You kids!! Right next to the Jello in the grocery stores...

My mother used to do that green olive thing..chopped cabbage and vinegar, I believe...not my favorite..We also did the cranberries, apples, cinnamon and nuts in cherry jello. My mother ground fresh cranberries for that. It was considered holiday and quite good.

Basic meals...canned pears in lime jello, mayonaise on top, mandarin oranges, cloves, cinnamon in orange jello or else peaches.

I'll look tomorrow...getting ready for work now, but Jello put out tons of recipe pamplets. I'm pretty sure I've got some still. You might also check your local thrift shop or library.

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