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6 Weirdest Food Trends In History

Throughout the years, we’ve had some interesting food trends. In the moment they seem to really live up to the hype, but once we get a little perspective and distance, it’s hard to believe we actually ate some of that stuff, let alone thought it was cool! Here’s a list of some of the weirdest food trends in history. How many of these do you remember?

Congealed Salads


There are certain words that should never be used to describe food. “Congealed” is one of them. This form of “salad” actually first popped into the mainstream in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. It was a way to present food and stretch what you had on hand. However, it didn’t really become a trend until the 60s and 70s. The combinations of “salads” were unlimited, it seemed. Everything from shrimp and ketchup to tuna and olives, all held together by some form of Jell-O.

Glitter Coffee


As pretty as this may look, would you actually drink it? Sure, edible glitter is nothing new, but in your coffee? We can thank the Instagram Era for this trend. If coffee glitter is anything like regular glitter, it must get everywhere! Too bad there aren’t any follow up pictures with the coffee drinkers having glitter all over their teeth!

Freeze-Dried Astronaut Food


We were obsessed with astronauts and space travel in the 60s. This lead to the discovery of freeze-dried foods, which is what the astronauts ate while aboard the space shuttle. People thought this was going to be the food of the future – it was compact, space saving, and efficient. Too bad they didn’t account for taste! But seriously, who remembers eating freeze-dried ice cream as a kid?

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