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Ah, yes, the 1950s and 60s, those were the times - or were they? Sure, it was the time of Mickey Mantle and Marilyn Monroe, but do you guys realize what your parents and grandparents were probably eating back in the day?!
The early '50s to late '60s was a time period notorious in the food world for rebranding very, very American staple foods as a marketing tactic. The sweet was made savory, and savory into sweet. If it could withstand the gel, it ended up in Jell-O - from pimento olives to pickle relish.
Needless to say, while Miracle Whip, eggs, tuna, and ham might be foods you normally enjoy, the 20th century's 'golden age' had repurposed them all to taste, well, a little strange.
For those of you hearing about this brand of non-deliciousness for the first time, I decided this would be the perfect subject for yet another one of our 'Wait... What?!' cards.

So sit back, relax, and prepare to get a little grossed out.

Looking for an inventive way to get a little extra fiber in your diet? How about trying this stewed prune dessert?

Or you could just eat those wooden chopsticks once you're done eating your Kung Pao take-out. Whatever works better with your lifestyle.

For the 'New Year, New Me' still on their Weight Watchers diet, how about this tower of sausages?

Okay, okay, I'm wimping out. These two are arguably still edible. How about I switch it up a little?

I'm not even quite sure what this is, but by name and presentation alone, I'm feeling a little disturbed.

Boom. Deviled Lettuce. For people who hate boiled eggs - and probably themselves, simultaneously.

In case a fish-shaped Jell-O mold of canned salmon wasn't revolting enough, they added realistic pimento olive eye detail.

This Shrimp Aspic Mold has me doing the 'NOPE' dance so hard right now. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

And for your big holiday parties, how about a fruitcake tree? (Unless you're @AimeeH, then you get a shrimp tree.)

I'll take 'Things You Should Never Bring To A Dinner Party' for $500, Alex.

No, seriously. At first, I was like "Okay, chicken plus cream sauce, sure." But the sliced banana garnish is A BIT much.

And for the grand finale, here's one weird food I'd actually be SO DOWN to eat.

Kraft mac and fried Spam? I think I'd be cool with pissing off my arteries for 30 minutes.

I hope you guys enjoyed this ridiculous list of gross vintage food. Would you bother trying any of these?

@Ticasensei Bahahaha, yeah, I can't even imagine the smell of these...
@danidee even if I could! I would not! dearest of good things! I love food but this makes my stomach turn easy haha
@Ticasensei Oh noooo! Just don't make any of these, of course. ;)
@danidee I'm so glad I was not born in that year! I have lots of stomach issues and sometimes just by smell or look of things I can get really sick! and these all made me unsure what to make for dinner right now lol.
@InPlainSight .......shudder.
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