Apparently, there’s someone out there who hates kids. So much so, they decided to take the only normal food they had, and completely ruin it. And thus, Spaghetti-O Jell-O was born. If you ask us, this gag-worthy baby boomer delight should be considered a form of child abuse.
It’s a nightmare come to life, a grotesque experiment gone wrong. Gelatinous masses of spaghetti and tomato sauce, quivering with every spoonful. The texture alone is enough to make you swear off food forever. And the flavor combination? It’s a horrendous clash of sweet and savory no person should be subjected to. Let spaghetti be!
Mayonnaise With Jello
Mayonnaise and gelatin were the stars of many baby boomer recipes. And if you had them on hand, you couldn't go wrong! Enter Knox Gelatin, the ultimate fusion of mayonnaise and Jell-O. How did things get this far? One can only speculate that taste buds of the time hadn't quite evolved.
It's the only logical explanation for this curious concoction. Mayonnaise and Jell-O—truly a mismatch made in retro heaven! And adding color aimed to make these dishes even more attractive. That’s right, the more artificial color the better, they thought. We can almost hear millennials everywhere going to pieces just thinking about it!
Supper Salad Loaf
Remember when we discussed how many baby boomers seemed to love to dishes condensed into loaves? Well, this is probably the dish that put an end to that adoration (thank God). This "salad loaf" is pretty much a hollowed-out slab of bologna, stuffed with the dynamic duo- gelatin and mayonnaise of course, along with smashed peas, and other gross canned veggies.
This is the kind of dinner that makes you realize how blessed you weren't around to "enjoy" all of these great delicacies. It’s the epitome of a dinner gone wrong. Thanks for the ingenuity, but we like our food tasty, with some semblance of culinary sensibilities.
Tuna Upside-Down Casserole
The people at Mid-Century Menu actually had the guts to taste this eerie-looking dish. Their courage deserves applause, even if their taste buds might not agree. Fun fact: this recipe came courtesy of a canned vegetable company called Veg-All and consists of canned vegetables (of course, because why use fresh...?), mayonnaise, cheese, and tuna.
Who needs fresh food when you can crack open a can, right? We're sure this would look the same coming out as it did going in, if you catch our drift. Not all recipes from the past should be resurrected. Some dishes are best left in the depths of obscurity.
Blue Cheese "Mousse"
Culinary experiments such as this should never see the light of day. This...this is horrifying on a number of levels. It's literally gelatinous blue cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream - with nothing else included. No additional flavors or fancy ingredients to redeem it.
Just a slimy mix of dairy products that somehow managed to find its way onto a plate. And to make things that much more unsettling, the dish is naturally blue. Talk about a visual assault on the senses! We dock our hats to the brave souls who dared to taste Blue Cheese "Mousse" and lived to tell the tale.