This trip down memory lane might be a delightful detour into delicious nostalgia for some. For others, it may remind them why some food trends are better left in the past. But love ’em or loathe ’em, there’s no denying that these 20 classic foods defined the 70s for the Boomer generation.
The Mighty Fondue Pot
Nothing screams the 70s more than a bubbling pot of cheese or chocolate with an array of edible accessories for dipping. This wasn’t just a meal—it was an event. Dip, eat, repeat!
Before Netflix and chill, there was TV dinner and chill. These pre-packaged appetizers of convenience may have yet to win any culinary awards. Still, they were a hit in households across America.
These little devils were a staple at every family gathering. Easy to make, easier to eat, and devilishly good!
Yes, salad. But not as you know it. This bizarre fusion of sweet Jell-O and savory ingredients is one culinary trend firmly left in the 70s.
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This iconic orange drink wasn’t just popular with kids—it was supposedly enjoyed by astronauts, too. If it’s good enough for space travel, it’s good enough for a 70s kitchen.
Remember the first time you popped these sweet treats in your mouth and felt them fizz and crackle? Pure childhood joy in a packet.
Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
Canned fruit cocktail—the dessert that wasn’t really a dessert but somehow ended up as a sweet treat at the end of many a 70s meal.
This canned meat product became a household name during the 70s. Spam sandwiches, Spam on toast, Spam with eggs—the possibilities were endless and, admittedly, a little spammy.
Chicken à la King
This creamy chicken and vegetable dish was the king of ’70s dinner tables. It reigned supreme, often served over rice or toast.
Nothing says ‘fine dining in the 70s’ quite like molded pâté. Curiously shaped and curiously popular.
A whipped dessert made from prunes. Need we say more?
This diet soda was a ’70s staple. It had a distinctive taste that you either loved or hated. There was no middle ground.
Fried Bologna Sandwiches
Thin slices of bologna, fried to perfection and slapped between two pieces of white bread. Ah, the simplicity of 70s cuisine.
Quick, easy, and oh-so tasty. Instant ramen was a staple in many ’70s households—and still is today!
Canned Green Bean Casserole
A quintessential 70s dish. Canned green beans, mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions. What’s not to love?
This savory pie made its mark in the 70s. Its flaky crust, creamy filling, and delicate flavors were a hit at brunches and dinners.
Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
As the evenings drew in, there was nothing like a Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa mug to warm up the soul.
Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
This comfort food classic was a favorite during the 70s. Also known as ‘SOS,’ it was far more delicious than its less-than-appetizing nickname suggested.
Tiny canned sausages stapled in the 70s pantry. They were easy, convenient, and surprisingly tasty
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