7  Foods That Will Give You Serious Childhood Nostalgia

Gelatin Molds

These might include cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, oranges, nuts, celery, and/or sour cream, or even vinegar, grated cucumber, and onion, topped with shrimp. Um, we don’t want seconds.


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

It contains canned tuna, canned mushroom soup, and various seasonings that ranged from curry powder to grated American cheese.

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. It was first served in the early 20th century, but it reached its heyday in the '50s and '60s.


Ambrosia’s origins are hazy (though it’s mentioned in this 19th century cookbook) and the versions are endless, but it’s a dish still beloved in the South and many other parts of the country.


Everybody’s mom had a different recipe, but chances are, it was on your table at least once a week. According to Bon Appetit, meatloaf became a staple during the Great Depression when meat was pricey.


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