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10 Foods That Were Popular In The 1960s


Food historian Andrew Smith discovered that the first recorded recipe for meatloaf is from the late 1870s.

Cheese fondue

Its origins could date back as far as the late 17th century when Swiss peasants thought to make the melted cheese

Jelly Mould

Instant gelatin and the brand name “Jell-O” have been around since 1897, but in the 1960s, the popularity of jellied salads and desserts in moulded shapes surged.


It might seem hard to believe, but savoury gelatin dishes were just as popular as sweeter jelly desserts in the mid-20th century.

Tuna casserole

Tuna casserole likely brings to mind an image of the stereotypical, wholesome American housewife and mother.

Party mix

If you’re craving a salty party mix of cereal, pretzels and nuts, you can easily pick one up in the snack aisle at the grocery store.

Swedish meatballs

If you’re a fan of shopping at IKEA, you might be led to believe the retailer is responsible for inventing the popular dish.

Clam dip

According to Quaint Cooking, dips of any kind didn’t really become popular in America until the mid-20th century.

Lipton onion soup mix

The mix became even more popular over the decades as home cooks began using it to flavour meatloaf or as an addition to gravy.

Beef stroganoff

The reign of beef stroganoff dates all the way back to mid-19th century Russia when it was apparently created by a chef for the aristocratic Stroganov family.