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10 Fabulous Fads from the 1950s


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Gelatin Molds
Consider yourself lucky that we didn't source a picture of a savory, meat-and-veggie-filled gelatin mold for this page.
Consider yourself lucky that we didn't source a picture of a savory, meat-and-veggie-filled gelatin mold for this page.
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What's more fun than wiggly, jiggly, flavored gelatin? How about forming gelatin into a funky shape with another '50s fad, the gelatin mold?

Gelatin's easy moldability -- it takes the shape of the container it's poured into, and retains that shape after it cools -- made it ideal for the wavy, curved contours of a Bundt cake pan or the myriad of pleasingly shaped molds that came into vogue in the 1950s.

A veritable library of gelatin salad and dessert recipes were published, suspending everything from fruit, nuts and marshmallows to various vegetables and meat products in shimmering towers and tumbling blocks of gelatin. But with its steady popularity among creative dinner party hosts and design-savvy homemakers alike, it seems there's room in every era for this lasting fad.


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