Every couple of months, it seems that a new food trend arises. In fall, it’s all about pumpkin-spiced everything, while kale invades hot summer days. Remember when cupcakes were everywhere? Now the “gluten-free” craze has reached its peak.

But do you remember those food trends that fizzled out?


Fruitades in the 1920’s

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Prohibition sounds like a nightmare –except for speakeasies.

The most terrifying thing about the twenties has to be fruitades, which were served to friends on Saturday nights. According to “What to Drink, The Blue Book of Beverages: Recipes and Directions for Making and Serving Non-Alcoholic Drinks for All Occasions”, published in 1920, it was very à la mode to mix fruit syrups, vinegar and other ingredients in a cocktail shaker.

The Baseball Limonade was –apparently– a big hit and consisted of:

1 egg
1 lemon
1 spoonful of sugar
1 cupful of milk
1 cupful of water

How about serving this at your next prohibition party?



Jell-O Salad from the 1930’s until the 1960’s

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We’ve all had a Jell-O shot before, but have you ever tasted a Jell-O salad? Apparently, that was a big thing during the Great Depression.

The mix of vegetables, chicken or eggs and instant sugared gelatine seduced every housewife back then. It was fast, mess-free and economical, as families could make their leftovers last longer by integrating them into gelatine. By the sixties, Jell-O introduced new flavours of gelatine for salads like celery and seasoned tomatoes.

Some housewives even got a bit carried away –structurally speaking…



TV Dinners or pre-packaged meals from the 1950’s until the 1980’s


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A TV dinner in the USA commonly consisted of a piece of meat (usually beef or chicken) with a vegetable, like peas, carrots, corn, or potatoes; and sometimes a dessert, (either a brownie or an apple cobbler). Even though, they’re still very much available today, the pre-packaged meals were an every day occurrence in the 1950’s, as everyone loved watching television. Not to mention that the microwave was the most popular household appliance in the eighties.

Since then, cooking has made a comeback and pre-packaged meals have been replaced with recipe boxes.




Atkins from the 1990’s until the 2000’s

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Remember the Atkins diet? That super-protein and cholesterol-friendly regime, that consisted of ingesting a big amount of meat, fried eggs, cheese and a lot of diet coke. The bunless burger was born from this craze.

Thank god that’s over. Although, now it’s all about the purple diet.

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