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10 of the Weirdest Food Trends Ever

Here's a "greatest hits" list of weird and wacky food fads, including a few doozies happening right now.

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Strange Eats: Then and Now

Over the years, cooks have used their creative juices to keep meals and snack times interesting.  And every so often, some odd-ball creations pop up and stick. Sometimes because they feel fun and “modern,” other times because they just feel easy. And thanks to the Internet, many of the more recent trends have spread at breakneck speed. Let’s check out some of these strange concoctions.

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Jell-O Salads

With the early-20th-century boom in packaged goods, food companies adorned their boxes with newfangled recipes to encourage the use of their products. The Jell-O people had consumers mixing all manner of jarred and canned meats, vegetables, and condiments and suspending them in jiggly, brightly colored gelatin. Jell-O salads hit their peak popularity in the 1950s, when people sat down to such treats as Cottage Cheese and Salmon Mold and lemon-gelled Ring-Around-the-Tuna.

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E-Z Canned Soup Casseroles

It’s the '50s! Who wants to waste time in the kitchen when you could be watching TV? The solution: Open a can of cream-of-anything soup, mix with some canned meat or fish, some frozen or canned veggies and bake until bubbly. Sprinkle with potato chips if you like a little crunch. Tuna Noodle Casserole is the most infamous example of this new cuisine. Green Bean Casserole has become a holiday standard. In the Midwest, these baked concoctions have morphed into the ever popular Hotdish, mixing such strange bedfellows as wild rice and Tater Tots in the same canned-soup bath.

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Cereal-Coated, Oven-Fried Anything

Why bother with dangerous, messy and unhealthy frying? Just brush your food with something sticky, like ketchup, roll in cornflakes, and bake until crunchy and dry. This was a '60s solution that put a crisp new coat on everything from chicken drumsticks to hot dogs.

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