1950s dishes we still love

Cans, frozen dinners, quick-service restaurants, & decadent desserts. Nope, 1950s. Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's French fries, frozen pizza, & Betty Crocker cake mix were introduced.

Fifties thriftiness

Dunkin' Donuts debuted in this decade. It started with one store in Quincy, Massachusetts, & expanded to 52 flavors in 1955. Dunkin' Donuts is a popular stop for caffeine & sugar in 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 & cheaper than takeout, but it wasn't always available. Totino's became the market leader in the early 1950s, inspired by restaurants selling refrigerated & frozen dishes.

Pizza frozen

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 & other ready-made decorating items. Betty Crocker is a cake-mix connoisseur brand that continues to thrive.

Betty Crocker mix

Kraft Foods introduced pre-sliced cheese squares for cheeseburgers & sandwiches in the 1950s. The convenience, shelf life, & mild flavour of Kraft Singles & its predecessor have helped both cheeses endure.

Cheese pre-sliced

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