- Today, Thanksgiving tables typically feature side dishes like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.
- Once-popular options like Jell-O salads and hot Dr. Pepper are no longer part of the celebrations.
- However, some people still like to make dishes like ambrosia salad for nostalgia’s sake.
But Thanksgiving spreads haven’t always looked like they do today — there was a time when Jell-O creations and canned products reigned supreme.
Here are unusual Thanksgiving side dishes that people don’t usually make anymore, unless it’s for nostalgia’s sake.
YouTuber and vintage recipe enthusiast MissSemiSweet tried a vintage Thanksgiving leftover Jell-O recipe from a 1975 cookbook called “Carefree Cooking with Aluminum Foil.” The recipe called for turkey, frozen vegetables, cream of celery soup, and ranch dressing mixed with gelatin.
“I’m not going to say that it’s horrible … I probably would not eat this again, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever had,” she said.
“Modern American palates have changed to dislike savory gelatin, but that was not always the case,” food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson previously told Insider. “Probably until the 1960s, savory gelatinous dishes were a thing.”
Per Serious Eats, the drink was concocted by Dr Pepper in the ’60s “to keep profits strong during the holiday season, when sales of cold pop plummet.” Apparently, it caught on in the South where it is occasionally still drunk.