The Shrimp Sandwich Roll probably tasted okay, but its marketing might have doomed it from the start. The aesthetics leave much to be desired. But let’s backtrack a bit. Back in the day, Instagram-worthy food wasn’t a priority. Those were simpler times. This one’s a classic case of “looks can be deceiving.”
While the Shrimp Sandwich Roll may not win any beauty contests, it’s the flavor that truly matters. Right? We don’t know if we can fall in love with its potential, though. All we see is a pile of inedible goop. Steer clear unless you’re the kind who loves a food adventure yourself that’s both intriguing and off-putting.
In our long list of gag-worthy retro food is this strange recipe that comes from a cookbook titled “Be Bold With Bananas,” published in 1972. Apparently, hors d'oeuvres like this were all the rage back in the '60s. As much as we like bananas, we'll pass on them when served with mayo and pineapples on a bed of lettuce. Just the mere mention of all four in the same sentence can make even the most adventurous foodies hesitate.
We appreciate the audacity of experimenting with bold flavors. But Banana Candles might not be the masterpiece we're craving. It's a quirky relic from the past at best. So, thanks but no thanks, Banana Candles. We'll pass on this peculiar throwback for now.
When two fantastic ingredients come together, it can lead to a surprising outcome. But in the case of Tomato-Banana Tarts, the combination might not be as appealing as it sounds. The picture certainly does no justice to potential taste, completely abysmal in visual appeal.
Yes, we know tomatoes are technically considered a fruit. But who in their right mind sees this combination as a typical fruit salad? It might be more enjoyable to mix bananas with apples or other fruits and pair tomatoes with various vegetables or even different fruits. Tomatoes and bananas? There’s no way we’re going near the thing!
Atora Steak Puddings
Hold up! Is that a body part? Atora Steak Puddings might have been a hit back in the day, but it's time to embrace modern culinary trends. Baby boomers let go of the past. Please. Why stick to the same old “pudding” (we use the term loosely here) when there's a world of new recipes out there?
These puddings are often loaded with unhealthy fats and calories. We’d probably understand if they tasted good. But, sorry. This dish is bland and lacks any excitement in the taste department. Why feel weighed down (sometimes quite literally) by bizarre culinary traditions? Choose lighter, healthier, and tastier alternatives.
Jellied Tomato Refresher
Why was everything jellied? This period of culinary history had gelatin in every recipe imaginable. Here we have the jelly salad—a concoction that raises more questions than it answers. The salad is a curious mix of gelatin, tomato juice, dehydrated green pepper, artificial sweetener, and even beef broth. Sounds suspiciously like Rachel Green’s botched-up English trifle in “F.R.I.E.N.D.S,” except jellied tomato is a legit recipe!
The origins of the dish go back to 1974, allegedly in “Weight Watchers” —a program known for its calorie-conscious approach. The jellied tomato refresher might be low in calories, but it falls woefully short in both taste and nutritional value. Perhaps one can count their calories and steps while walking this dish right back into the fridge or the trash. Spare yourself the torture of eating it.