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7 Retro Television Ads (and Recipes to Go with Them)

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A recent internet search of one of my favorite desserts lead me down a YouTube rabbit hole—one that began with a story about how the cowboys befriended the "Indians" with Fudgesicles, and ended with a musically inclined dog.

Photo by Rebecca Firkser

The commercials I encountered (thank you, YouTube autoplay), from the mid-1950s through 60s, were laughably outdated and, in many of cases, shockingly offensive. It's hard to believe that any of them were actually televised, but I couldn't look away—dancing dogs, disgruntled housewives, pickle-biting sound effects, and all. Here are 7 retro commercials, for your at-home viewing enjoyment, with our take on the products they promoted:

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Ovaltine

DIY Ovaltine
DIY Ovaltine

Fudgesicles

Fudgesicles
Fudgesicles

Borden's Eggnog

"Spirits" of the Holidays Eggnog
"Spirits" of the Holidays Eggnog

Kellogg's Cap'n Crunch Cereal

Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Heinz Pickles

How to Make Fridge Pickles Without a Recipe
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How to Make Fridge Pickles Without a Recipe

Jell-O

Beet Herb Salad (in Jello Form)
Beet Herb Salad (in Jello Form)

Lipton's Chicken Noodle Soup

Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup
Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

Do you remember any of these ads? Do you have any favorite retro commercials? Tell us in the comments below!

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