8 Foods That Will Give You Serious Childhood Nostalgia

Gelatin Molds 

No special occasion was complete without something served in a gelatin mold. According to the Jell-O Gallery, the lime flavor was introduced in 1930. 


The dish was featured at the Switzerland exhibit at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and its fame soon spread to dinner parties everywhere. 

Swedish Meatballs

Maybe you remember your parents serving this super-hip dish at 1960s cocktail parties. Many different versions exist, but they usually contain beef or pork with a rich gravy, cream sauce, or a side of lingonberry jam. 

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Much-maligned because it doesn’t take much skill (other than using a can opener), this dish was a staple of the 1950s and 1960s dinner table. 

Pineapple Upside Down Cake 

This sunny cake with its slices of pineapple dotted with cherries has been around a long, long time. 

Baked Alaska

According to the History Channel, this meringue-topped ice cream-covered cake dates back to the creativity of a chef at Delmonico’s in New York City in the 1860s .

Chicken a la King

This dish contained chunks of chicken and veggies in a cream sauce (often canned cream of mushroom soup, naturally!) served over biscuits, rice or pilaf. 


Gelatin and whipped toppings were often added, too. Ambrosia’s origins are hazy and the versions are endless, but it’s a dish still beloved in the South and many other parts of the country. 

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