Pieces of the Past: Part Two by Jean Brashear

Jello salads containing all manner of oddities were quite the rage in the 1950s and 60s, but I didn’t realize they were popular before that. I’ve actually eaten a salad something like this as a kid, and I just may have to try it again to see what I think now! What I had was made with grated carrots, not ground, and crushed pineapple that had been drained. There was a whole cookbook in the 50s with variations even containing meat—which kinda makes me shudder! Oh, and aspics were a thing, too!
Have you ever tried anything like this? What did you think?


  1. Yes I have had that what you described also…must have been born in that generation. It was a way to give kids fruits & vegetables and I had friends who added pasta(the smallest available–acini de pepi) plus the pineapple, marshmallows and if there was money, cool whip topped it off.

    • I never had it with any sort of pasta, but that sounds interesting, Marsha. I swear I can taste those grated carrots right now!

  2. I remember this, and-yes, with marshmallows too!

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