13 Long-Lost Foods from the '70s

Long before we had Meryl and Amy in Julie & Julia, we had the actual Julia Child and her beloved TV show The French Chef. Over the course of its 10 delightful seasons, viewers fell in love with the ebullient host—and with the beefy red wine dish she's so well known for.

Boeuf Bourguignon

This German-born dessert is an exercise in seeing how many ways you can infuse one cake with cherry flavor. It's composed of layers of chocolate cake that have been thoroughly soaked with kirsch (a clear cherry spirit) and topped with maraschino cherries

Black Forest Cake

Before we even had Pinterest, we had this comically adorable party food, which is exactly what it sounds like: skewers of cheese cubes and cut-up pineapple stuck into a base in order to form an edible hedgehog. Don't forget the olive eyes.

Cheese n Pineapple Hedgehogs

Whoever first decided to combine cheese and crackers into one single entity deserves a gold medal. If you were at a party anytime in the 1970s, you were bound to find a bowl of crunchy baked cheese straws to help counter the effects of one too many Harvey Wallbangers.

Cheese Straws

Cooking your own food right in the middle of the table was all the rage in the '70s. And while cheese fondue was a big part of it, options extended into cooking beef in a pot of oil, or other ingredients in a pot of broth (what we would now call a hot pot).


This pistachio-flavored "salad" is a shining example of how to turn a political scandal into a delicious dessert—"salad" is a loose term here, because the ingredients are pudding, canned pineapple, whipped cream, pecans, and marshmallows.

Watergate Salad

Many home cooks had their noses buried in the 1975 edition of Irma S. Rombauer's Joy of Cooking, one of the most famous and enduring cookbooks in the country.

Country Captain

The French gave us a hand with many culinary delights of the 20th century, but few are as cherished (and pyrotechnical) as Crêpes Suzette. Not only is the orange-flavored dessert full of delicious things like butter, orange juice, and Grand Marnier, but it's not complete without the impressive tableside flambé.

Crepes Suzette

This cake got its name from the "wacky" method of pouring wet ingredients into small wells in the dry ingredients, then mixing everything together right in the cake pan.

Wacky Cake

Home cooks around the country will forever be grateful for the day that Hamburger Helper hit the scene in 1971. It came with pasta and seasoning packets, so all you had to do was combine the separate pieces with water and ground beef to make a complete (and fast) meal.

Hamburger Helper

The marketing team behind Jell-O was hard at work getting people to consume their product, and it shows—flavors include raspberry vanilla, 7-Up lime, and spiced cranberry. While we wouldn't necessarily put these recipes hand in hand with a kale salad, they were definitely crowd-pleasers.

Jell-O Salad

If you're lucky enough to go to a party today where a cheese ball is present, you know just how fun it is to be faced with a massive amount of cheese rolled up and coated in nuts and herbs. It was a crucial staple to any party in the 1970s.

Cheese Balls

In a case of advertising schemes gone right, Jell-O created this striated treat to boost sales of its product. It's a miracle of multiple boxed products uniting as one: You prepare white cake mix, poke holes in the finished cake, then pour in a Jell-O mix and refrigerate until it's set up.

Poke Cakes