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The Most Popular Recipe the Year You Were Born

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It’s time for a blast from the past. Whether you’re a ‘70s kid or ‘80s baby, find out what the most popular foods were the year you were born—the answer might surprise you.

1950s

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Deviled Eggs
So popular, they invented trays specifically for serving them. This vintage favorite hasn’t gone anywhere!

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Homemade Chex™ Mix (1952)
The first recipes for Chex™ Mix appeared on cereal boxes in 1952. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Pink Squirrel Cocktail
When the Pink Squirrel was invented at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, it was made with ice cream—and they serve it that way to this day.

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Salisbury Steak
The classic TV dinner. Serve this homemade version on a TV tray for maximum effect.

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Gelatin “Salads”
Every dinner party or holiday gathering needed one, especially if there was fruit suspended in it.

1960s

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Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce
Grape jelly + meatballs? We don’t know who first thought of it, but we’re sure glad they did.

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French Onion Dip
Soup mix, sour cream, done. Our homemade version pays homage to the two-ingredient original.

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Pillsbury Crescents (1965)
It’s hard to imagine it now, but prior to 1965 there were no Pillsbury crescent rolls (which means no crescent dough hacks). Thank goodness times have changed. 

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake
If you attended a birthday party in the 1960s, odds are you saw a kid making a wish over this cake. 

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Cheese Balls
You still can’t go wrong with one of these. The bigger, the better!

1970s

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Hamburger Helper (1971)
Turning one pan and one pound of meat into dinner for five since 1971.

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Quiche
Quiche was so big in the ‘70s that the ‘80s brought us a book called Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. But let’s be real—everyone did.

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Poke Cakes
Bake a cake, poke it full of holes, and fill those holes with pudding. It’s still as great an idea today as it was back then.

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Pineapple Chicken
Interest in Hawaiian culture grew in the ‘70s and pineapple showed up everywhere, including this hugely popular dish.

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Fondue
From fruit dipped in melted chocolate to meat dipped in cheese, there was a fondue for every food group.

1980s

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Chicken Nuggets (1983)
McDonald’s introduced Chicken McNuggets™ nationwide in 1983, and life as we know it began.

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Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl
The unofficial motto of the ‘80s? “Put it in a bread bowl.”

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Ranch Dressing
The 1980s were a true ranch renaissance. We poured it on everything, we dipped everything in it, and when we couldn’t do that, we made ranch-flavored everything.

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Dirt Cakes
No kid at school was cooler than dirt-cake-class-birthday-treat kid.

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Pesto
“Pesto is the quiche of the ‘80s.” – Jess, When Harry Met Sally…

1990s

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Dunkaroos (1990)
Gone, but not forgotten. The undisputed king of '90s snack foods.

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Tiramisu
Thanks to 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle, there was no escaping tiramisu in the ‘90s. Not that anyone would want to. Rob Reiner was right: we DO love it.

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Chinese Chicken Salad
No, it’s not really Chinese, but we sure loved it anyway. Top with canned mandarin oranges for historical accuracy.

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Better Than Sex Cake
Okay, so we don’t know your life. But this cake is pretty amazing regardless.

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Sizzling Fajitas
They were, quite literally, too hot to handle. Not that that stopped anyone.

2000s

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Bacon
It was the dawn of a new millennium. We survived the Y2K crisis that never happened, and promptly put bacon in everything from vodka to candy bars.

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Flatbreads
These not-quite-pizzas—somewhere between an appetizer and an entrée—were everywhere in the early aughts, and we still can’t get enough.

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Sliders
Because regular-size burgers are so twentieth century.

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Cupcakes
The early 2000s were like the Wild West for cupcakes. Our appetite for them spawned a thousand cupcake shops and reality shows.

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Cake Pops (2008)
There was only one dessert cute enough to end the reign of the mighty cupcake, and that was the cake pop. Created by a Georgia blogger in 2008, cake pops’ phenomenon status was cemented when Starbucks added them to their menu.




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