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The commercials I encountered (thank you, YouTube autoplay), from the mid-1950s through 60s, were laughably outdated and, in many of cases, shockingly offensive.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



Borden's Eggnog

Kellogg's Cap'n Crunch Cereal

Heinz Pickles


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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