The demand for convenience was strong in the 1950’s and this drove the creation of many food innovations.

The 1950’s was a time of great innovation in food products.  It was a decade driven by the demand for convenience and many of the modern products we use today are food innovations of the 1950’s.  Women wanted to feed their families good, hearty meals but didn’t want to spend hours a day in the kitchen.  Appliances were revolutionized to reflect this demand, as was food technology.  Frozen foods including fruits, vegetables and TV dinners quickly became household staples.  Canned foods such as soups were also very popular and often used in making casseroles, the iconic dish of he decade.  Here’s a look at other important food innovations from the 1950’s.

1950

Minute Rice

Kellogg’s Sugar Pops

1951

Ore Ida Foods (frozen potato products)

Duncan Hines Cake Mix

Tropicana

1952

Kraft Cheese Wiz

Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks

1953

Eggo Frozen Waffles

Star-Kist canned tuna

Swanson TV Dinners

1954

General Mills Trix

Butterball Turkeys

1955

Kellogg’s Special K cereal

McDonald’s

1956

Imperial Margarine

1957

Pam nonstick cooking spray

1958

Tang

Rice a Roni

General Mills Cocoa Puffs

Jif Peanut Butter

1959

Ocean Spray

 

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