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

March  2, 2016

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The commercials I encountered (thank you, YouTube autoplay), from the mid-1950s through 60s, were laughably outdated and, in many of cases, shockingly offensive.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:

Ovaltine

Fudgesicles

Borden's Eggnog

Kellogg's Cap'n Crunch Cereal

Heinz Pickles

Jell-O

Lipton's 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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