Cans, frozen dinners, quick-service restaurants, and decadent desserts. Nope, 1950s. Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's French fries, frozen pizza, and Betty Crocker cake mix were introduced. More 1990s dishes are below.
The thrifty Fifties
Dunkin' Donuts debuted in this decade. It started with one store in Quincy, Massachusetts, and expanded to 52 flavours in 1955. Dunkin' Donuts is a popular stop for caffeine and sugar in more than 30 countries.
Kellogg's launched Sugar Frosted Flakes in 1952. (called Frosties in the UK). Tony the Tiger's catchphrase "They're Gr-r-r-eat!" is still used to market them. In the 1980s,'sugar' was dropped.
Frozen pizza is convenient and cheaper than takeout, but it wasn't always available. Totino's became the market leader in the early 1950s, inspired by restaurants selling refrigerated and frozen dishes.
This dessert of baked fruit topped with biscuit dough dates back centuries, but it became popular in the 1950s. Georgia Peach Council declared April 13 National Peach Cobbler Day.
Cake mix took off in the 1950s when companies introduced frosting and other ready-made decorating items. Betty Crocker is a cake-mix connoisseur brand that continues to thrive.
Betty Crocker cake mix
Kraft Foods introduced pre-sliced cheese squares for cheeseburgers and sandwiches in the 1950s. The convenience, shelf life, and mild flavour of Kraft Singles and its predecessor have helped both cheeses endure.