Which of your favourite recipes and foods of the past could hack it in 2011?

The MyDish Facebook competition on foods and recipes that “make you feel nostalgic” has raised an important question: what on earth has happened to all those classic foods we once loved so dearly? Some of these foods and brands, which at one time seemed unstoppable, are now either just scraping by or have been discontinued altogether. It may seem unfair but perhaps it is for good reason! Which super foods of the past could hack it in 2011?

Jelly

This wobbly recipe classic has been around for a while now and has come in many shapes and sizes! The 18th century probably saw it in its rawest conception in the form jellied eels!

In the 70’s-80’s though, the humble jelly took the form of a sweet, colourful children’s favourite that was enjoyed by millions around the nation and was eaten with great gusto. The entertainment thousands got from watching the jelly dance was enough to secure its place as a classic.

The many variants on the MyDish website suggest Jelly is still seen as good recipe, but it can’t be as popular as it once was, can it?

Nostalgic rating: 4/5

Taste: 2/5

Creditability: 1/5

Entertainment: 5/5

Chance for a revival: 2.5/5

Total: 14.5


Angel Delight

Who could forget this dessert classic?  Angel Delight simply could not put a foot wrong in the 70’s and 80’s. Cleary a nostalgic favourite for many, its life in the limelight was short but beautiful. During the 90’s the future looked bleak for this fan favourite, but thankfully, the powers at be brought it back and it has since been enjoying a very mini revival. We wait in anticipation for its rise to fully revived status.

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Nostalgic rating: 5/5

Taste: 3/5

Creditability: 2/5

Entertainment: 3/5

Chance for a revival: 5/5

Total: 18


Tab Clear

Released in the early 90’s, Tab Clear is a famous failure. Whoever came up with the madcap recipe for the clear coloured caffeine drink was either the greatest mind of a generation or, well, just not. However, just because it failed commercially doesn’t mean it wasn’t an absolute classic, because it was.  It was just misunderstood. Much like many good recipes.

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Nostalgic rating: 2/5

Taste: 2/5

Creditability: 2/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Chance for a revival: 1/5

Total: 11


Spam

Spam is the very definition of iconic food. Around for years, a war time favourite and the focus of a Monty Python sketch, this canned meat carries many a happy memory for the older generation and to many of them was the answer to the ‘easy recipes’ we have today.

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Nostalgic rating: 4/5

Taste: 1/5

Creditability: 1/5

Entertainment: 5/5

Chance for a revival: 1/5

Total: 12


Slush Puppy

Simple, refreshing, dangerous and complicated, Slush Puppies had it all. Perfect on a hot summer’s day, the crushed ice and overly sweet syrup could bring a smile to most faces. But it was dangerous too. Drink it too quickly and you could suffer horrendous brain freeze and temporal debilitation. It wasn’t all bad though, the thick syrup had enough sugar in it to energise a small child for a century and they tasted good!

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Nostalgic rating: 4/5

Taste: 1/5

Creditability: 1/5

Entertainment: 5/5

Chance for a revival: 1/5

Total: 12

It’s hard to pick a winner but the maths doesn’t lie! Angel Delight is crowned King/Queen on this occasion. There are bound to be a few disagreements so why not leave a comment below or go to the MyDish Facebook page and enter the nostalgic competition where you have the chance not only to have your say but to win a £100 shopping spree with natoora.co.uk. Good recipes with a sprinkle of nostalgia, it doesn’t get much better than that.


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