Christmas Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s – Don’t Try Them At Home

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Seriously… don’t try these recipes at home! Okay, maybe if you are REALLY adventurous and have a cast-iron stomach, but otherwise, these recipes may not be for you.

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the weird and wacky recipes from the ’50s and ’60s that we probably won’t be making any time soon.

Frozen Fruitcake Salad 

Fruit: good.  Salad: good.  Freezing them together into an ice-age snowbank: UGH!



Christmas Candle Salad 

Because nothing says “Christmas” like banana towers poking out of Jell-O stars on a lawn of parsley.



Holiday Vegetable Loaf 

You had us at “Holiday”… you lost us at “Loaf”.



Cranberry Candles 

You’re lighting a perfectly good jellied cranberry log on fire? Seriously?!?



Want more?

Make sure to watch this Gross Christmas Food Taste Test – you’ll get a good laugh!


Did your family pass down a magazine recipe from the 1950s and 1960s? If so, share in a comment below!

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  1. Oh my:) i’m feeling stomach-ache! is clip from 80s?;-) lol, these guys are so Fun! Love this : “and of course Mayonnaise…!”, hmm, French mayo? 😛

  2. Wow! Mayo was the go to ingredient of the day! I think we kept opened mayo in the cabinet and not the fridge. I think it was supposed to withstand thermo-nuclear war! Great video. I love these guys especially the adventurous one!Thank you.

  3. Ugh! Now I know why I hate Mayonnaise! Good lord what were we thinking back then.
    Love those guys though, they are pretty awesome.

  4. Family potluck Christmas dinner goal: cranberry candles. Bwah-ha-ha…they’ll never see it coming. But they’ll never forget it.

  5. Having been born in the 50’s, I’m sure I was force fed some of these dishes by well meaning relatives. They do not sound tasty! Those guys are funny and Rhett must have a stomach of iron!

  6. You and me both, Tina! Veronique, I’m feeling a bit queasy, too! So funny and glad to have moved on from the culinary arts of the ’50s. lol!

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